Ash Creek is developing methods to mimic historic disturbance, provide cost-effective prairie management and help bridge the agriculture-land conservation divide in the Tualatin Basin.
Grazing is a highly selective tool that can be used to sustainably manage complex plant communities, while also engaging local ranchers and land managers.
Grazing is shown to:
- reduce thatch and improve stand density and plant vigor
- increase soil water capture potential
- promote nutrient cycling
- create differentials between desirable and unwanted vegetation
- make herbicide treatment more practical and effective
- provide specific habitat structure for native wildlife species, especially ground-nesting birds
- reduced fuel loading – important on sites adjacent/near to residential areas