Grazing Workshop series to be held in Pinedale and Marbleton
Four workshops to assist ranchers and habitat managers with grazing operations
by Bureau of Land Management
December 23, 2009
A series of workshops designed to assist ranchers and other habitat managers with grazing operations will be held in Pinedale and Marbleton, Wyo. in 2010.
The Bureau of Land Management's Pinedale Field Office, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Sublette County Conservation District, Wyoming Department of Agriculture and University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension will coordinate the four workshops to assist ranchers and other habitat managers maintain sustainable grazing operations.
The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, from 1-5 p.m. at the Sublette County Library, 155 S. Tyler Ave. in Pinedale. The workshop agenda includes plant identification and communities, vegetation treatments and responses, invasive weeds and range monitoring.
The second workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 1-5 p.m. at the Marbleton Town Hall, 10700 Hwy. 189 in Marbleton. Workshop topics include riparian and watershed function, stream improvements through managed grazing, stocking rates and economics, and grazing systems.
Workshop number three will be held at the Pinedale Library from 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Topics to be covered include developing a ranch conservation plan, developing a grazing plan to balance forage supply and demand with grazing and strategies for dealing with wildlife and livestock interactions and habitat needs. A discussion regarding what the listing decision for the Greater sage-grouse means, and what is foreseen for the future, is also on the agenda.
The final workshop will be held on Monday, March 8 from 7-9 p.m. at the Pinedale Library. This workshop will cover alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power for the ranch, and will feature a panel of local landowners who have already implemented alternative energy on their ranches.
For more information, contact Amber Robbins at 307-367-5343.
The BLM manages more land – 253 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.