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Range & Pasture

Range and pasture lands are diverse types of land where the primary vegetation produced is herbaceous plants and shrubs. These lands provide forage for beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, horses and other types of domestic livestock.  Also many species of wildlife, ranging from big game such as elk to butterflies and nesting song birds such as meadowlarks, depend on these lands for food and cover.  Native prairies are also considered part of these landuses.

Primary economic outputs include livestock production, but wildlife & recreation values are also a major economic consideration for these lands, especially range lands.  Environmental values of these lands are extensive and provide many essential ecosystem services, such as clean water, wildlife and fish habitat, and recreation opportunities.  Scenic, cultural, and historic values of these lands provide not only economic benefits, but also quality of life values cherished by many.

Washington NRCS highlights it’s range and pasture priority resource concerns in: NRCS State Resource Assessment 2011.        

Range and Pasture Policy, Procedures, Tools and Aids  

More information can be found on the NRCS national range and pasture website