- Animals: bovine
- Animal Production: range improvement, grazing - rotational, watering systems
- Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, focus group
- Sustainable Communities: partnerships, sustainability measures
Four ranchers grazing livestock in southern Arizona’s Red Rock Canyon watershed have joined forces with scientists to improve the rangeland and riparian health. The ranchers have formed the “Canelo Hills Coalition” and have converted, or are in the process of converting, to deferred rotational grazing plans. To carry out their plans, which include developing stock water and fencing to rotate livestock and rest pastures during certain periods, the coalition is harnessing a Western SARE Farmer/Rancher grant to support rangeland and riparian plant monitoring activities. Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service will lend their monitoring expertise to help document any changes that occur. In addition, the coalition plans to develop a user-friendly teaching plan to spread information about plant growth and regeneration to various groups, including local schools and 4-H groups.