Using Management-Intensive Grazing for Adapting to and Mitigating Climate Change [fi01]
|Region||Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo, Okanagan, Thompson-Nicola|
|Status||completed in 2017|
|Project Lead||Thompson Rivers University|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada|
|Other Partners||producer cooperators|
Download and read the project summary as a PDF: Grazing Project Leading to Greener Pastures for Climate Adaptation.
This multi-year project will evaluate the potential for Management-Intensive Grazing as a tool to strengthen the resilience of rangelands to climate change related impacts. Intensively managed pastures will be observed and compared to more extensively (traditionally) managed pastures on the ranches of 6–8 cattle producers in the BC Interior in a collaborative undertaking with the BC Cattlemen’s Association. The project will use field-based data and remote sensing to measure and monitor range health, and to test for indicators of sustainable pastures and grasslands, including soil carbon, soil moisture availability, plant diversity and productivity.
The project will engage with 5–8 cattle producer co-operators. Findings and conclusions will be communicated via field days and workshops coordinated with the BC Cattlemen’s Association and the Grasslands Conservation Council of BC, as well as through articles to industry-relevant publications. A website and fact sheets will also be created for broad distribution.
For more details and updates on this project, visit the project website at: https://grazingmgtandclimatechange.wordpress.com