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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 assessments inform management decisions for a diversity of land managers and partners by highlighting the effects of conservation practices – and identifying 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.

Grazing Lands Publications and Tools

Reports, Articles, and Bibliographies

Additional Resources

Carrie-Ann Houdeshell

Acting Grazing Lands Lead, Conservation Effects Assessment Project