Balancing livestock grazing, plant diversity, and Greater sage-grouse habitat on semi-arid rangelands of northeastern UT

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2019: $349,979.32
Projected End Date: 08/31/2022
Host Institution Award ID: G248-19-W7500
Grant Recipient: Multiplier
Region: Western
State: Utah
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Kris Hulvey
Working Lands Conservation
Taylor Payne
Utah Department of Agriculture's Grazing Improvement Program
Managers of publicly-owned rangelands have to balance the many interests of different groups that utilize the land, whether human, livestock, or wildlife. They often are faced with the tough decision to prioritize some interests at the expense of others when management goals conflict. Three potentially conflicting managemetn goals on semi-arid rangelands include raising livestock, mainatining plant diversity, and providing good habitat for the Greater sage-grouse. Managers often remove livestock from rangelands when grazing causes declines in plant diversity and/or sage-grouse habitat. This, however, negatively affets rancher livelihoods. Alternatively, managers may be able to use grazing timing and duration as tools to help mitigate these conflicts and balance management goals.
Conference/Presentation Material
Jessie Danninger, Working Lands Conservation
Kristin Hulvey, Working Lands Conservation
Megan Nasto, Working Lands Conservation
Taylor Payne, Utah Grazing Improvement Program
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.