Grazing

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

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