Rangelands & Pastures

Rangelands and pastures occupy a substantial portion of the productive landscape in Washington state, with a diversity of production conditions from arid and semi-arid shrub steppe ecosystems to lowland pastures to higher rainfall forest-grasslands and improved irrigated pastures. In addition to the important role of providing livestock products to the market, these vast land areas are a significant source of realized and potential ecosystem services. Poor management of rangelands and pastures contributes to impaired water and air quality as well as contributing to the spread of noxious weeds. Discovering and implementing improved rangeland and pasture management practices is a key goal for CSANR.

Featured Rangeland Publications

  • Those Nasty Weeds – Why Not Control Naturally with Livestock

    Managed grazing update provided by Extension Educator Steve Van Vleet. Sept 2011.

  • Beefing Up the Palouse

    Since 1985 the U.S. government has implemented the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) which pays farmers NOT to grow crops on millions of acres of highly erodable land. In addition to being a controversial program, much of this land is now coming out of CRP which puts pressure on farmers to grow crops in these areas once again. In the Palouse in Washington State, local farmers and ranchers are looking at holistically grazing livestock as an economically and environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional wheat farming in these sensitive areas and to the CRP in general. Video presented by Managing Change Northwest.

  • 2008 Estimated Costs and Returns for a 150-head Cow-calf to Grass-finished Beef Production System in the Channelled Scablands Range Area of East-central Washington

    In response to the popularity of grass-finished beef, this publication provides a production budget analysis using both ranch-owned and leased forage sources in eastern Washington to determine profitability. Funded by the William D. Ruckelshaus Center, the Beefing Up the Palouse pilot project applied a total systems approach to develop a replicable production model to help producers take full advantage of the eastern Washington dryland wheat production area resource base.

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