Report for FW07-310
Livestock produced on the Hopi Reservation on the Colorado Plateau of northern Arizona comprise the only agricultural product sold off the reservation and provide an important source of income in an area where unemployment can reach as high as 50%. This Professional + Producer project will attempt to increase the awareness and understanding of managing the rangeland ecosystems of the reservation. The project entails a series of workshops produced by the Hopi Office of Range Management/Land Operations. The workshops, which will be culturally and ecologically appropriate to the Hopi Reservation, will train ranchers in the sustainable management of the pinon/juniper/sage and short-grass areas found on the reservation. Rancher participants, in turn, will become additional sources of information in disseminating best practices to other Hopi producers on other parts of the reservation. Training materials will be available to all interested parties on and off the Hopi Reservation.