Oregon ranchers and agencies join forces to develop monitoring standards
In an effort to generate vital information to help support sustainable range management, members of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), in cooperation with the Oregon Public Lands Committee and Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB), hosted a broad spectrum of stakeholders at OCA’s annual convention in Bend, OR, last week to hammer out the fundamentals of an inter-agency, multi-stakeholder co-operative monitoring program.
The purpose of the program is to develop and endorse a consistent monitoring protocol and train ranchers how to apply it, giving land owners the ability to collect range data that is consistent, credible, and defensible in court.
In addition to OCA, Oregon Public Lands Committee and OFB, cooperating parties include the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University and Extension, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, National Resources Conservation Service, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
— Andy Rieber, WLJ Correspondent