"Training on Grazing and Monitoring Riparian Corridors in Minnesota and Wisconsin"

1999 Annual Report for ENC99-038

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 1999: $71,110.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Matching Federal Funds: $30,400.00
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $82,700.00
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:
Carolyn van Schaik
Land Stewardship Project

"Training on Grazing and Monitoring Riparian Corridors in Minnesota and Wisconsin"


This proposal has three objectives related to grazing in riparian corridors and monitoring results. The project will:

1) Synthesize key concepts learned from recent research, publications, videos, grazing networks and individuals described in completed SARE projects on riparian corridor grazing and monitoring, as well as other sources, in a new publication, “Riparian Grazing Approaches.”

2) Conduct on-farm training sessions on riparian grazing and monitoring for NRCS, CES and vocational agriculture teachers to help them to be able to communicate to farmers about appropriate methods of grazing in stream corridors and monitoring subsequent impacts.

3) Disseminate information, concepts and support materials through presentations, articles, professional journal publications, and at least one resource center identified in each state, partner agency offices, the web and an on-going monitoring newsletter.

Both the Wisconsin and Minnesota Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative committees and 22 major participants agree that training in riparian grazing and monitoring is needed. This proposal will synthesize knowledge from recent SARE-funded research on these topics into a new publication.

We will offer training at both an introductory level, through dissemination of new and existing publications and by making presentations to at least 1,000 people. At an intermediate level, we will hold two on-farm training field days in each state for 120 agency staff in actual techniques, approaches and monitoring grazing in riparian corridors. The project will also disseminate publications and videos, host a website and publish a newsletter reaching at least 500 people.

For more information:
Caroline van Schaik
Land Stewardship Project
2200 4th St.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
651-653-0589 (fax)
[email protected]


Steve Drazkowski

fund recipient
Univ. of MN Extension
MN 55981