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Grazing Strategies for Riparian and Wet Meadow Improvement in the Sagebrush Steppe
Participants will understand the effects of grazing riparian and wet meadow areas during each season and how to manage grazing to initiate improvement of ecological functions.
Partners in the West are investing unprecedented resources to conserve sage-grouse and the sagebrush ecosystems they depend on. Significant emphasis has been placed on improving sagebrush uplands, but mesic resources such as riparian areas and wet meadows are disproportionately important to both wildlife and ranching despite representing a tiny fraction of the landscape. In recognition of this, Sage Grouse Initiative partners are increasingly prioritizing riparian and meadow area improvement in sage-grouse conservation efforts but seek tools and techniques for achieving desired resource benefits. Developing livestock grazing strategies compatible with riparian and meadow areas is one critically important practice for enhancing habitat conditions and improving watershed function that allows for safe capture, storage, and release of water. This webinar will review key principles of grazing management in riparian and meadow areas, describe common grazing strategies and typical vegetation response, and showcase examples from around the sage steppe.
This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS West National Technology Support Center. ContactHolli Kuykendall, Ph.D., National Technology Specialist, for more information about this webinar.