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Grazing Lands Assessments

Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) grazing lands assessments quantify the effects of voluntary conservation efforts across the nation’s non-federal grazing lands, including private pastureland and rangeland.

About Grazing Lands Assessments

Grazing land is a collective term for rangeland, pastureland, grazed forestland, native and naturalized pasture, hayland, and grazed cropland. Through CEAP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) quantifies trends in voluntary conservation practices across the nation’s private grazing lands.

CEAP modeling across grazing lands informs management decisions for a diversity of land managers and partners by highlighting where conservation practices have the greatest positive effects—and where they are needed—with respect to factors such as plant productivity, soil erosion, and water quality. CEAP also provides tools, interpreted data layers, and other products for conservation planners, ranchers, and partners to use when considering the best solutions for healthy, productive grazing lands. Details on the methods for grazing land assessments are available on the CEAP Frequently Asked Questions page.


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Grazing Lands Publications and Tools

The CEAP Publications page includes a wide range of reports and articles, fact sheets, and webinar recordings detailing grazing lands assessments and associated findings. This page also includes tools that provide site-specific information and support management decisions across a wide range of working lands, including grazing lands.


Additional Resources

Loretta J. Metz

Grazing Lands Lead, Conservation Effects Assessment Project