These actions are summarized by state, beginning with Nevada.
- Received letters of support for the late season cheatgrass grazing project, e.g., County Judges, State Conservationist, Nevada Department of Wildlife, NACO, and the Public Lands Council, as examples.
- The University of Nevada Reno has agreed to supply in-kind support for the project (faculty and staff time).
- Have had productive discussions with mining companies about doing demonstrations on ranches they own.
- We are exploring research sites with other ranches and BLM.
- Have had productive discussions with Nevada Farm Bureau, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association and other NGOs including a large number of environmental groups. We have requested $5,000 from the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association.
- Have taken Director Rowdabuagh, Office of Wildland Fire Coordination for a visit to Gund Ranch (where the initial experiments with late season grazing to reduce fuel load were conducted.)
- Have had discussions with local ARS office head about the possibility of an increase in the ARS appropriation designated to this office.
- Have applied for a “landscape Initiative” through the Nevada NRCS Office, and this Office has reported that the request is with the Chief.
- Received identification of the importance of late season grazing in the Draft Federal Alternative of Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for the Greater Sage-grouse Management in Idaho, June 2012.
- Met with the University of Idaho, Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission, Idaho Soil Conservation Commission, Idaho Farm Bureau, and USFWS representatives on a field trip to the Mountain Home area to examine the use of late season grazing as a fuels reduction and habitat enhancement tool.
- The University of Idaho has agreed to supply in-kind support for the project (faculty and staff time).
- We expect a symbolic donation of $5k from the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission once projects in Idaho are selected.
- Have letter of endorsement from Harney County Judge.
- Oregon State University has agreed to supply in-kind support for the project (faculty and staff time).
- Received a symbolic donation of $1k from the Oregon Beef Council in support of our research.
- Met with three Oregon ranches who plan to participate in the project; one on private land, and the other two in conjunction with BLM.
- Have a letter of endorsement from the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and symbolic donation of $2.5k in support of our research.
- Expect BLM to support research on projects in Burns and Vale districts and provide a symbolic donation of $10k ($5k for each project).
- Have discussed the effort with Dan Dooley, Vice President for Agriculture U. of California System.
- The University of California Extension system has agreed to supply in-kind support for the project (faculty and staff time).
- Utah State University has agreed to supply in-kind support for the project (faculty and staff time).
- A group including Utah State University and several NGOs organized by the Minister of Agriculture in Utah has agreed to support the project.
- Received letter of support from Rachel Frost, Chair, Targeted Grazing Committee, Society for Range Management.
- We also submitted a funding request to the Public Lands Council for $200k ($50k for each of the next four years) in support of this research. Decision due this fall.