Ecology and Management of Grazing, An Online Course

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2009: $84,826.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2011
Region: Western
State: California
Principal Investigator:
Melvin George
University of California

Annual Reports


  • Additional Plants: native plants
  • Animals: bovine, goats, sheep
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: grazing - continuous, grazing management, range improvement, grazing - rotational, stocking rate, watering systems, winter forage
  • Education and Training: extension
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems


    Increasing use of grazing as a tool to ecologically manage weeds, manipulate habitat and reduce fire hazard is motivating changes in grazing management. The objectives of this interstate distance education project were to 1) increase knowledge of the ecology and management of grazing, 2) build skill in planning and implementing grazing management changes, and 3) motivating agencies and individuals to change management behaviors. This project uses a web-based course with interactive video technologies to provide science based, interdisciplinary training to land management professionals, government agency personnel and staff from NGOs who manage or influence the management of grazinglands throughout the state. The interdisciplinary nature of this course should make it interesting and useful to range management professionals, animal scientists, ranchers, grazing managers, agriculture and science teachers, restoration ecologists, conservation and wildlife biologists and other natural resource managers.

    Project objectives:

    We were uncertain how well an online course might be used by the target audience. Our main objective was to reach agency and NGO staff.

    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.