Natural Resources Conservation Service reports there are nearly 770 million acres of grazing land in the continental U.S., but just 4 percent of tallgrass prairies remain. What’s worse is the grasslands and prairies are rapidly disappearing, taking with them habitats for pertinent birds, insects, and wildlife and an ecosystem of plants.
Even those familiar with the soil health and market benefits of grazing pastureland might be surprised to discover the benefits grazing has on conservation and wildlife.
In a paper published by the Pasture Project, Justin Pepper, formerly of the Audubon Society details how conservation organizations can use grazing to further their goals and why it is such an effective conservation tool.
What you’ll get out of it: Written for organizations considering conservation grazing, it offers practical advice as well as clarifying the mechanisms. Why we love it: It’s the first primer on grazing written for land trusts and conservation organizations that we know of. It’s a good starting place for those that are intrigued by the idea but unsure of how to implement it within their organizations.