CNLM and Partners Host Three Grazing Management Workshops

Steve Franzen of WSU talks about grazing management during a field visit to the Colvin Ranch.

CNLM, in cooperation with Washinton State University Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service, hosted three grazing management workshops this summer for approximately 60 local ranchers, farmers, land managers and agency representatives from around western Washington. Each workshop focused on a different theme, covering topics such as forage growth and development, stocking rate, breed selection, livestock nutritional needs, prairies as grazing lands, and rare species management on private lands. Each classroom session was paired with a productive site visit to a local ranch or prairie, which provided opportunities for folks to practice their native and forage species identification skills. Participants were introduced to the idea of working lands supporting native prairie and several stated that they were interested in (re)introducing native species (including golden paintbrush) on to their properties!

Marty Chaney of NRCS talks about grass height at the Colvin Ranch.