Webinar: Grazing Strategies for Improvement in the Sagebrush Steppe

Webinar participants will gain an understanding of the effects of grazing riparian and wet meadow areas during each season and how to manage grazing to initiate improvement of ecological functions.

Webinar date and time:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
9 PST/10 MT
Length: 1 hour 

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 and are seeking tools and techniques for achieving desired resource benefits. Developing livestock grazing strategies compatible with riparian and meadow areas are critically important for enhancing habitat conditions and improving watershed function that allows for capture, storage, and safe release of water throughout the year.

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 of successful improvements of riparian and wet meadow areas with adjustments in grazing management, with the understanding that there is not one practice or strategy that will work for every management scenario.

Background on the Presenter: Sandy Wyman, Rangeland Management Specialist, BLM National Riparian Service Team (NRST), Prineville, OR. Wyman has been a member of the NRST for 13 years, with the responsibility of organizing and leading the Riparian Grazing Course held throughout the western U.S., assisting with Proper Functioning Condition Assessment training, and providing coaching and technical assistance to a diverse group of people throughout the west. Wyman worked for the NRCS for 15 years, where she served on a riparian-wetland team for the Northern Great Plains states and the lead of a riparian demonstration project in eastern SD. She has worked throughout the western states for the majority of her career; providing her the opportunity to observe a multitude of management scenarios that have improved riparian and wetland areas.

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