Ever wonder what transpires at a ranch and reform conference, but lacked the chance to see for yourself? Now, you can: "Ranching West of the 100th Meridian," a landmark conference held at Colorado State University, is available on four 50-minute videos.

For three days in spring 2000, conferees chewed the cud about ranching in the West. Some liked ranchers and ranching; some didn't. In the end, though, most agreed that the preservation of ranching is critical to slowing sprawl and keeping public land well-managed across public-private property lines.

Introduced by wildlife biologists Rick Knight and Wendell Gilgert, the videos cover public and private land stewardship, the ecological impacts of ranching and the culture of ranching in the West, and conclude by discussing how ranching can survive in a global economy.

Videos are $12 each from Ranch Videos, Colorado State University. Call 970/491-1325 for more information.