Prairie Project Stewardship Webinar scheduled for August 5

The program focuses on the combination of controlled fire, grazing

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a webinar, ?? The Prairie Project: Coupling Fire and Grazing ?? at noon on August 5. This is part of the ongoing webinar series on stewardship of rangeland, wildlife and fisheries management.

The cost is $ 35. Registration prior to is compulsory for all participants. Pay by credit card during registration to immediately receive instructions to access the webinar.

Fire and mixed grazing can play a crucial role in the Great Plains in preserving grasslands from encroachment by woody plants. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Morgan Treadwell)

The guest speaker is Laura Goodman, Ph.D., a specialist in course ecology from Oklahoma State University Extension, Stillwater.

The Prairies Project

The Prairie Project integrates research, education and extension programs to facilitate the adoption of new strategies to increase animal production and promote rangeland health in the Great Plains.

Goodman is the co-leader of the project’s extension and education efforts and aids in applied research.

The project’s research, education and extension program has been developed over more than a decade of intensive stakeholder interactions across the Great Plains. Its objective is to facilitate the adoption of management practices to increase food production and more sustainable rangelands. The Prairie Project aims to increase livestock productivity by 20% in the Great Plains, thereby increasing the resilience of rural communities in this region.

Save the prairies

The webinar will discuss how the world’s grasslands and savannas are a biome at risk, particularly due to encroachment by woody plants, increasingly extreme weather conditions, and more frequent and larger forest fires. intense.

?? Saving the remaining grasslands in the Great Plains and elsewhere will require a widespread change in cultural norms? said Series Co-Coordinator Morgan Treadwell, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension Line Specialist, San Angelo. This webinar will cover the steps needed to get there and how we can start to change public policy and perception.

Goodman will explain how the widespread adoption of pyric herbivory ?? the interactive ecological process where fire and grazing interact ?? as well as the grazing of mixed species, such as cattle and goats, would not only make grasslands and savannas more resilient to environmental changes, but would also improve the profitability of animal production systems.

Treadwell explained that these management strategies control woody plants, improve forage quality and increase animal production, and while this new management paradigm holds great promise, it has yet to be widely adopted.

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