WEBINAR – Grazing To Maintain Perennial Bunchgrasses And Reduce Exotic Annuals
When: Wednesday April 11, 2018 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM MST
Hosts: Great Basin Fire Science Exchange, Sage Grouse Initiative, USDA-NRCS, BLM, USDA-ARS, and USFS
Presenter: Kirk Davies, Lead Rangeland Scientist with USDA Agricultural Research Service
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Description: This webinar will discuss the benefits of altering timing of grazing to reduce annuals and maintain perennial bunchgrasses. It will also discuss the detrimental impacts of repeated spring defoliation on perennials.
Background: This is part of the 2018 Webinar Series, Moving the Needle on Cheatgrass: Putting What We Know into Practice. This series will provide information on integrated management approaches using specific strategies and proven tools.
Conversion of native rangelands to cheatgrass, and subsequent impacts on wildfire regimes, are one of the most challenging threats to sagebrush ecosystems today. The widespread and complex nature of the problem and lack of clarity on effective management actions are often barriers to implementing meaningful treatments and practices to reduce risks. Although there is no silver bullet, combining cheatgrass reduction treatments with promotion or restoration of perennial vegetation in an integrated, adaptive management framework can move the needle toward maintenance and recovery of functioning ecosystems.
Brought to you by the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange, in partnership with the USDA-NRCS, Sage Grouse Initiative, BLM, USDA-ARS, and USFS
The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.