Sustainable Grazing Management in Riparian and Wetland Pasture

2016 Annual Report for EW16-027

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2016: $15,237.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2017
Region: Western
State: Oregon
Principal Investigator:
Caley Sowers
Coos Soil and Water Conservation District

Sustainable Grazing Management in Riparian and Wetland Pasture

Summary

The Sustainable Grazing Management in Riparian and Wetland Pasture 3 Day Course is tentatively scheduled to take place on May 10-12, 2017. The Owen Conference room at the Coos County Annex building has been reserved for those dates. One location for the field portion of the class has been secured, while two others are pending confirmation in March. Announcements about the course have been mailed out in our 2017 Newsletter to our 610 landowner mailing list consisting of all Coos County residents owning 5 or more acres of land zoned EFU (exclusive farm use) or mixed use, and we are currently preparing a news article about the course which will hopefully boost registration.

Additionally, the course is scheduled to take place the week after the annual Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network (OCEAN) CONNECT Conference, which will feature sessions taught by Sandra Wyman of the National Riparian Service Team. Sandra is one of the instructors teaching our 3-day Course on Sustainable Grazing Management, and so will be able to promote the course during her CONNECT sessions. The CONNECT audience generally consists of directors and personnel from Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Watershed Councils, and Tribes from across the state as well as representatives from state and federal agencies such as the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Departments of Environmental Quality, Fish & Wildlife, and Oregon Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Army Corps. of Engineers, and many others. Thus it is possible that we could have participants from across the state as well as from neighboring Districts/Counties.

Objectives/Performance Targets

Objective 1. By improving the understanding of tools, concepts, thought processes, and principles of sustainable wetland and riparian grazing, natural resources professionals will be better able to work with principles of sustainable wetland and riparian grazing, natural resources professionals will be better able to work with other individuals, groups, and agencies to develop, teach, and implement successful grazing management strategies.

Objective 2. To develop two demonstrational areas on actual livestock operations which will model on-the-ground best management practices for both livestock and wildlife use of riparian areas.

Objective 3. To instill a foundational understanding of the ecological services which healthy riparian zones and wetland areas provide, and best management practices necessary to sustainably use these areas for livestock grazing.

Objective 4. To provide a hands-on learning experience in which participants of the course will be given an actual livestock operation situation, and using a collaborative adaptive management approach, design grazing management alternatives to achieve riparian objectives.

Objective 5. To create a forum in which natural resources professionals; state and federal agency personnel; and local agricultural producers can explore the various influencing factors surrounding sustainability of grazing in sensitive riparian and wetland areas.

 

Accomplishments/Milestones

As of today, the date for the course has been set for May 10-12 and planning is underway with the National Riparian Service team members to tailor the coursework specifically to our region. One of three field site tour locations has been secured; a second site which we had planned to use has been cancelled due to a change in land ownership. A third site is pending confirmation from the landowner who will be able to confirm participation by March 14. As advertising for enrollment in the course has now begun, we are hoping that 1-2 landowners who want to participate will volunteer to host field tours on their property.

Current working timeline for the course:

Jan. – 2017 Newsletters containing announcements and information about the course are mailed out to Coos County agricultural and timber landowners (see Newsletter2017 Final, page 7)

Feb. – Advertisements placed in the World, Sentinel, and Western World Newspapers about the course and offering early bird registration; additionally, we hope to finalize the field tour site locations for the course.

Mar. – All field site tour locations confirmed; Draft agenda for the course is outlined and mailed out with flyers for the course to our mailing list as well as the OSU Coos, Curry, and Douglas County Extension offices.

April. – All course details finalized; deadline to register/enroll

Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes

As the course has not actually taken place at this time, I cannot report accurately on the total contributions and outcomes.

However, the ideal outcome for the participants of this course would be for them to leave with a greater understanding of the various influencing factors surrounding sustainability of grazing in sensitive riparian and wetland areas. Natural resources professionals, upon completion of this training, should also have a more thoroughly developed ability to teach and implementing successful grazing management strategies.

For the agricultural landowners, we hope that by utilizing the methods and techniques covered in this course they are able to improve the quality and sustainability of their operations and become better stewards of the land. All participants will be left with a clear understanding of the ecological services which healthy riparian zones and wetland habitat provides, and best management practices to sustainably use these areas for livestock grazing.

 

Collaborators:

Dan Pierce

ktranch@ymail.com
Bus Driver/ Rancher
Coos Soil and Water Conservation District
85091 North Bank Lane
Coquille, OR 97423
USA
Office Phone: 541-347-5110
Charlie Waterman

watermanranch@frontier.com
Rancher
Coos Soil and Water Conservation District
87518 Davis Creek Lane
Bandon, OR 97411
USA
Office Phone: 541-347-3453
Website: http://N/A
Sharon Waterman

watermanranch@frontier.com
Rancher
Oregon Farm Bureau
87518 Davis Creek Lane
Bandon, OR 97411
USA
Office Phone: 541-347-3453
Website: http://N/A
Pat Jones

pat.jones@or.usda.gov
NRCS Soil Conservationist/ Rancher
Natural Resources Conservation Service
382 N. Central Blvd.
Coquille, OR 97423
Office Phone: 541-396-2841
Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov
Beth Pietrzak

epietrzak@oda.state.or.us
Regional Water Quality Specialist
Oregon Department of Agriculture
295 East Main St.
Suite 11
Ashland, OR 97520
USA
Website: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/
Barbara Grant

barbara.grant@or.nacdnet.net
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Technician
Curry Soil and Water Conservation District/ Natural Resources Conservation Service
382 N. Central Blvd.
Coquille, OR 97423
USA
Office Phone: 541-396-2841 ext. 5
Website: http://www.currywatersheds.org
Eric Moeggenberg

eric.moeggenberg@or.usda.gov
District Conservationist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
382 N. Central Blvd
Coquille, OR 97423
USA
Office Phone: 541-396-6879
Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov
Bonnie Montoya-May

bmontoya-may@earthlink.net
Agricultural Landowner
Unaffiliated
90490 Hwy 42 South
Coquille, OR 97423
USA
Office Phone: 818-621-4880
Website: http://N/A
Sandy Wyman

swyman@blm.gov
Rangeland Management Specialist
National Riparian Service Team (BLM)
3050 NE 3rd St.
Prineville, OR 97754
USA
Office Phone: 541-416-6886
Website: http://www.blm.gov/or/programs/nrst/index.php
Dawn Weekly

CWAprogrammanager@outlook.com
Coquille Watershed Association Program Manager
Coquille Watershed Association
223 N Alder St
Coquille, OR 97423
USA
Office Phone: 541-396-2541
Website: http://www.coquillewatershed.org%20(currently%20under%20rennovation)
Drew Harper

drew.harper@currywatersheds.org
Riparian Management Coordinator
Curry Soil and Water Conservation District
29692 Ellensburg Ave
P.O. Box 666
Gold Beach, Oregon 97444
USA
Office Phone: (541) 247-2755 Ext 1#
Website: http://www.currywatersheds.org
Christopher Claire

christopher.w.claire@state.or.us
Habitat Protection Biologist
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 5003
Charleston, Oregon 97420
USA
Office Phone: 541-888-5515
Cassie Bouska

cassie.bouska@oregonstate.edu
Agriculture Extension Faculty
Oregon State University Coos/Curry Extension Service
631 Alder St.
Myrtle Point, Oregon 97458
USA
Office Phone: 541-572-5263 ext. 25290
Website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos/
Alexis Brickner

abrickner@cooswatershed.org
Interim Executive Director/Lowlands Restoration Projects Manager
Coos Watershed Association
P.O. Box 388
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
USA
Office Phone: 541-888-5922
Website: http://www.cooswatershed.org/
Jim Eisner

jeisner@blm.gov
Fisheries Biologist
BLM/ National Riparian Service Team
3050 NE 3rd St.
Prineville, Oregon 97754
USA
Office Phone: 541-416-6753
Website: http://www.blm.gov/or/programs/nrst/index.php
Steve Smith

steve_j_smith@blm.gov
Range Management Specialist
BLM Idaho State Office
1387 S Vinnel Way
Boise, Idaho 83709
USA
Office Phone: 208-373-3810
Website: http://www.blm.gov/or/programs/nrst/index.php
Kelly Miles

kelly_miles@frontier.com
Coquille Watershed Assocation Director
Coquille Watershed Association
223 N. Alder
Suite D.
Coquille, Oregon 97423
USA
Office Phone: 541-396-2541