Invasive Species and Pest Management

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Invasive species and pest management focus on preventative measures to reduce reliance on pesticides while minimizing negative impacts of pests and invasive species on environmental and economic resources. The guiding principle for these management strategies is to create conditions that are optimal for forage and livestock production and less favorable for invasive species and pest development.

Common pests pose a persistent threat to the cost-effective production of forage and livestock, often affecting food safety and biodiversity.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, pest management is defined as the practice of “utilizing environmentally sensitive prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression strategies to manage weeds, insects, diseases, animals and other organisms (including invasive and non-invasive species) that directly or indirectly cause damage or annoyance” to the healthy functioning of ecosystems and their related operations.

  • Alexander Ranch Sun City, Kansas

    Ted Alexander

    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].

  • 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.

  • Burnette Ranch

    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.

  • Chinook Ranch Ltd.

    Longview, Alberta

    Located near Longview, Alberta, Chinook Ranch displays a long-term vision of sustainable ranching. During the growing season the cattle graze a maximum of two to five days in one area to prevent overgrazing, and the potential spread of invasive species into native habitats.

  • Gentry Ranch Partners LLC

    Barber County, Kansas

    Gentry Ranch Partners LLC is located in the heart of the Great Plains within southwest Kansas. The ranch manages Angus- and Hereford-based cow/calf pairs on an area with a diverse native plant community, abundant wildlife, springs, and caves. Practices carried out through this 1,426-hectare project included firebreak establishment and prescribed burns.

  • Guide to Native Grassland Management in Nebraska

    The Nature Conservancy, Nebraska

    The Guide to Native Grasslands Management in Nebraska was created to aid Great Plains land managers in their grassland management decisions.

  • JP Sons LLC

    Russell County, Kansas

    The goal of the project for JP Sons LLC was to improve the grassland ecosystem for livestock grazing and wildlife. It focused on 618 hectares of the ranch, located in the southern region of the Kansas Partners for Fish and Wildlife, North Central Prairies focus area.

  • Management of Canadian Prairie Rangeland

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

    This document was created by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to provide information to range managers, ranchers, scientists and wildlife managers about management practices for Canadian natural grass rangelands.

  • Managing Saskatchewan Rangeland

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatchewan

    This book was created over a number of years by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to assist range managers in the stewardship of rangeland resources in Saskatchewan.

  • Managing Your Native Prairie Parcels: Your Guide to Caring for Native Prairie in Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation, Saskatchewan

    The Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation created this planning guide to help landowners learn about and manage native grasslands on their land, covering topics such as native grassland conservation and enhancement…

  • Matador Ranch

    Matador, Texas

    Matador Ranch, located in Matador, Texas is a large historic US ranching and hunting operation. Established in 1882, the ranch has a long history of improving the health and productivity of its livestock, wildlife, and renewable natural resources.


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