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Range & Pasture

Senepol cattle graze on a pasture in St. Croix, USVI.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 deer to birds such as egrets, depend on these lands for food and cover.

Primary economic outputs include livestock production, but wildlife 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.

Other Grazing Lands

Most grazing lands are considered either range or pasture, but grazing lands also include grazed forest lands, grazed croplands, haylands, and native/naturalized pasture.

According to the 2010 National Resources Inventory, there are about 517,300 acres of range and pasture land in the Caribbean Area (~24% of the total non-federal land area).

For more information and tools to manage range and pasture lands, please visit the National Range & Pasture page.