We are very excited to support the work of The Nature Conservancy in Colorado’s Sustainable Grazing Lands Program with a three-year general operating grant. Our goal with this grant is to support a pilot program that will be replicated across Colorado and other arid regions in the Intermountain West.
TNC’s Sustainable Grazing Lands program works at the nexus of all three of our areas of focus, Food Systems, Climate, and Land & Water. By helping ranchers in Colorado implement adaptive grazing practices, TNC is working to protect the heritage of ranching in Colorado, improve soil health, regenerate natural grassland habitats, and engage a new generation of ranchers.
TNC’s Sustainable Grazing Lands pilot program will be carried out through the following strategies:
- An smartphone app and online tool called LandPKS that currently measures soil and vegetation will be enhanced to help ranchers monitor evaluate wildlife habitat potential and measure livestock forage utilization on their land.
-Adaptive Management workshops for ranchers will emphasize planning for drought conditions and climate change throughout Colorado, based on a curriculum developed in partnership with Holistic Management International (HMI) while incorporating key elements of holistic management. TNC also plans to offer several workshops outside of Colorado to further the impact of this program.