Grazing

Modernized ecosystem-specific landscape/habitat assessment protocols similar to those used on federal public lands for grazing are a good start. Restoration focused on grass banking is another interesting approach.

A science-driven landscape scale restoration planning model can and should be adopted by the State Land Office. The good news is the Commissioner has the authority to create and implement a plan.

Incentivizing permittees to restore their leased lands – with a focus on habitat improvement and watershed functionality will go a long way to modernize grazing practices on state lands.

Creating an advisory board with progressive ranchers in the Quivera and Western Landowners Alliance to formulate a substantive conservation-centric grazing model is an integral part of my overall conservation plan.