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AT21-424 Webinar The Prairie Project: Coupling Fire and Grazing
August 5 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM$35.00
Webinar Title: The Prairie Project: Coupling Fire and Grazing
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Comments: AT21-424 Webinar The Prairie Project: Coupling Fire and Grazing, Presenter: Laura Goodman (AT=1h)
Webinar Date: 8/05/2021
Webinar Time: 12:00p-1:00p
Using pyric herbivory to make grasslands more resilient to environmental change and enhance the profitability of livestock production.
Grasslands and savannas worldwide are an imperiled biome—particularly as a result of woody plant encroachment (WPE), increasingly extreme climatic conditions, and more frequent and intense wildfires. This is especially true for the Great Plains of the United States. We contend here that the widespread adoption of pyric herbivory (the synergistic application of fire and grazing) and mixed-species grazing (cattle and goats) would not only make grasslands and savannas more resilient to environmental change but also enhance the profitability of livestock production systems.
These management strategies control woody plants, enhance forage quality, and increase animal production. Although this new management paradigm holds tremendous promise, it has not been widely adopted because of cultural constraints. Saving the remaining grasslands in the Great Plains and elsewhere will require a widespread shift in cultural norms—facilitated by targeted government incentives and a coordinated program of regional research, extension, and education.
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Dr. Laura Goodman
Dr. Morgan Treadwell