“The Crow Country is a good country. The Great Spirit has put it in exactly the right place; while you are in it you fare well; whenever you go out of it, whichever way you may travel you fare worse… It has snowy mountains and sunny plains, all kinds of climates and good things for every season… When the summer heat scorches the prairies, you can draw up under the mountains, where the air is sweet and cool, the grass fresh, and the bright streams come tumbling out of the snow banks.”
–Crow Chief Arapooish, or “Rotten Belly,” approximately 1830.
Bench Ranch has been owned and operated by the Heyneman family since 1959, and since they set foot on the property, they developed a holistic philosophy and a mission to become stewards of this land. They follow a Holistic Resource Management (HRM) plan and also focus on conservation in order to preserve the raw beauty of the landscape for generations to come.
Holistic Resource Management
Along with a few neighboring ranches in the Rosebud Valley, the Bench Ranch is operated according to the values and methods of HMR with the basic tenant that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” HRM’s goal is to preserve and enhance the natural resources of Bench Ranch. By using a minimum amount of chemicals, HRM provides a healthier ecosystem for the animals, the land, and the surrounding community.
Bench Ranch is also operated under a conservation easement with the Montana Land Reliance. This means that Torgrimson Place is one of only six home sites that can be developed on this beautiful 5,000-acre property.
Over the years, the Heyneman family has developed interests and affiliations with a variety of organizations such as the Montana Land Reliance, Northern Plains Resource Council, Montana Committee for the Humanities, and the Yellowstone Art Museum. Sharing the Torgrimson Place allows us to share the beauty and integrity of this extraordinary valley with visitors to our fine state.