Digging Deeper into Flood Irrigation, Join this Webinar

Why Do Ranchers Do What They Do with Flood Irrigation?

Flood irrigation on rangelands of the Intermountain West is important for diverse social and ecological reasons. With nearly 70% of emergent wet meadow resources occurring on private lands, the sustainability of these landscapes is primarily dependent on rancher management decisions. Through a human dimensions research project, partners in the Intermountain West have sought a deeper understanding of factors influencing ranchers’ decisions to flood irrigate and how these factors interrelate. The results of this research have important considerations for future rangeland conservation efforts.

Join this interactive webinar on November 29th (10:00-11:00 a.m. Mountain Time) to learn about the facilitators and constraints to maintaining flood irrigation on the landscape that supports working wet meadows for ranchers and the environment. Discussion will include recommendations for how to apply the research results. This project was led by researchers from Virginia Tech and University of Montana and funded by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Mountain-Prairie Region), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Oregon State Office), and the Intermountain West Joint Venture. This co-produced research project was made possible through the involvement of many local and regional conservation partners and the voluntary participation of ranchers in southern Oregon-northeastern California and southwest Wyoming-northwestern Colorado.

Click here to join the webinar November 29!