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Ecosystem management is defined as the implementation of practices to maintain the provision of major ecological goods and services while restoring and conserving natural resources that sustain productive grasslands.
Ecosystem management practices provide strategies for reducing habitat loss and fragmentation, restoring habitat for wildlife and endangered species, improving forage production, maintaining watershed and soil protection and increasing biodiversity conservation at multiple scales. A healthy grassland ecosystem is the backbone of a sustainable ranching operation and contributes to the overall health of the surrounding environment.
These practices can also reduce the need for inputs such as pesticides and fertilizers, increase the productive capacity of the land and reduce production risks. They have the potential to maintain or even increase operational profitability. In addition, adopting such beneficial management practices can increase land value and provide opportunities for alternative income generation through recreation and other niche market activities.
Blooming Grove, Texas
Located near Blooming Grove, Texas, 77 Ranch has grown over the past 37 years as it acquired neighboring lands. Restoring native grasses has been central to the ranch’s conservation efforts; it currently hosts over 200 species of forbs and grasses in its pastures.
A Land Manager’s Guide to Grassland Birds of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Watershed Authority
The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority created this guide to “provide ranchers with basic information on the identification, habitat and biology of grassland birds…[and] how pasture management influences grassland birds and their habitat.”
A Stewardship Guide to Grasslands in Southern Ontario
Ontario Barn Owl Recovery Project, Ontario
The Ontario Barn Owl Recovery project created this document to introduce sustainable stewardship practices for Southern Ontario grasslands to agricultural producers and rural landowners.
Adaptation to Climate Change in Management of Prairie Grasslands
Saskatchewan Research Council
The Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative created this document to identify the vulnerability of prairie grasslands to climate change and to recognize appropriate responses to mitigate predicted changes.
Alexander Ranch Sun City, Kansas
The Alexander Ranch of Sun City, Kansas has been selected as one of the regional recipients of the 2007 Environmental Stewardship Award Program [by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association].
Bar LD Ranch
Bar LD Ranch, located near Bonnyville, Alberta demonstrates a commitment to land management, water quality, wildlife conservation, and leadership activities in the community. Because of the erosion-prone sandy and rocky soil (common to the region) rotational grazing and moderate stocking rates are used to maintain rangeland health…
BC Grassland Stewardship Guide: A Guide for Ranchers and Recreation Users
BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks
This guide was created by British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks to help ranchers and recreation users to recognize stewardship activities as crucial to the successful conservation of diverse, healthy grasslands.
Beneficial Grazing Management Practices for Sage–Grouse
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
The Range Management Branch of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development created this document in order to provide land managers with grazing management practices that will enhance Sage-Grouse habitat on their land.
Bill Barby Ranch
Clark County, Kansas
The B bar B ranch is located in southwest Kansas within the Great Plains of North America. The property is primarily a working cattle operation with small-scale, premium deer hunting. The region also exhibits abundant northern bobwhite quail and other grassland birds.
Biodiversity Conservation Guide for Farmers and Ranchers in Alberta
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alberta
This guide, published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, describes six basic principles of biodiversity conservation, listing supporting management strategies for each principle.
Located near Winifred, Montana, Bold Ranch operates as a sustainable working and recreational enterprise. Bold Ranch was an early adopter of no-till farming in the region, providing soil and water conservation and carbon sequestration benefits.
Comanche County, Kansas
Burnette Ranch is located within the Southwestern Tablelands in the Cimarron Breaks ecoregion of the Great Plains. This ranch has benefited from grazing management, exhibiting excellent climax native grass species composition, a diverse forb community and an active lesser prairie-chicken lek.
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