Restoration and Grazing Management on Mountain Meadows and Streams – Excerpts of UC Rangelands Study

From UC Rangelands study (click here for full study). photo: Diane Bohna Photography.

Key Excerpts selected by The Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California

Key Results

Linear regression analysis was used to identify grazing management activities and site characteristics which were positively and negatively correlated with U.S. EPA HAFDS health score (0 to 20).

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Increased effort to distribute livestock away from meadows and associated streams was correlated with increased macroinvertebrate richness.

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Management Implications

Management of livestock distribution is a critical management activity to enhance and sustain riparian health in mountain meadow grazing systems. Simple distribution tools such as herding, salting, and off-stream water are effective for protecting riparian areas, but management effort must be invested to assure success. Expectations for stream health based upon macroinvertebrate metrics must account for inherent site differences in stream substrate type.

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