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Grazing Lands Publications

The Grazing Lands Component of the CEAP National Assessment will quantify the environmental effects of conservation practices used on pastureland and rangeland.

Special Issues

Articles featured in special journal issues.

Literature Synthesis & Bibliography

Sources of evidence-based research to guide assessment and development of management practices and conservation programs on the nation’s grazing lands.

Ecosystem Service Valuation

CEAP-Grazing Lands partnered with the consulting firm Earth Economics to build a proposed framework that associates ecosystem service values with NRCS conservation investments. The framework applies scientific and economic methods to estimate the changes in non-market benefits and values attributed to conservation practice implementation. The 2020 report details the framework findings for the central Great Plains area for two main rangeland conservation practices: brush management and prescribed grazing.

Forestland Conservation Effects and Optimization

CEAP-Grazing Lands, the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, and the Colorado NRCS teamed up to estimate the effects of forest conservation practice designs using environmental models. The threat of wildfire in dry, fire-prone Western coniferous forests can be reduced with typical “fuel hazard reduction” designs or with “restoration-type” designs of the NRCS Forest Stand Improvement (666) practice. The restoration design resulted in greater biodiversity and similar soil erosion and fuel hazard reductions when compared to the “fuel hazard reduction” design, but more importantly, the restoration design approach offers a greater estimated resilience to wildfire and other stressors.

This project seeks to provide NRCS and others with an assessment of watersheds that are in greatest need of forest conservation treatment, plus those with greatest estimated response to treatment. Fuel/fire hazard, soil erosion and biodiversity were the metrics quantified. The peer-reviewed paper can be found below. NRCS can use the spatial layers and results from this project to optimize forest conservation investments in the region studied.

  • Forthcoming, September 2020

Modeling Grazing Land Effects

Intended to aid modelers in characterizing landscapes, developing modeling scenarios, and parameterizing model inputs to determine conservation practice effects on grazing lands.

Map showing MLRAs with modeling reports

 

Peer-Reviewed Publications for Modeling Support

Articles and Reports

Collection of literature exploring and reporting on findings and recommendations for grazing and ecosystem management.

CEAP-Grazing Lands Conservation Insights

CEAP-Grazing Lands Science Notes

Additional Peer-Reviewed Publications

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