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Title: Integrating Domestic and Wild Ungulate Grazing into Forest Restoration Plans at the Landscape Level

Author: * Egan, D.

Subject: Grazing, Landscape scale

Abstract: What issues will restorationists, ranchers, and managers of public lands face as landscape-scale forest restoration efforts, such as those funded by the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, begin to intersect with grazing interests on public lands? At this juncture, restoration planners, land managers, and others have yet to address this important ecological-social aspect of landscape-scale forest restoration process. And for their part, many ranchers don’t yet realize these restoration efforts are being planned and how they may affect them. This ERI white paper provides land managers, ranchers, and others with insights from recent research literature to a set of issues that will likely arise as landscape-scale restoration efforts proceed across the Intermountain West. These issues include ensuring quality habitat for domestic and wild ungulates, how long to “rest” treated areas before allowing domestic livestock grazing, how to integrate grazing with prescribed fire, grazers as vectors as well as regulators of unwanted plant species, the potential of grassbanks as a conservation strategy, and improving grazing monitoring protocols to match the scope of landscape-scale restoration.

Date: 2011

Type: ERI White papers

Source: ERI - Issues in Forest Restoration

Identifier: 14p.

Publisher: Ecological Restoration Institute/NAU

Format: PDF

Language: English