There is a unique relationship between rangeland and grazing livestock, but the human stewardship role can often be overlooked and separated from the science, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
AgriLife Extension will present a webinar addressing stewardship issues on Oct. 7. “Stewarding Rangelands,” part of the ongoing Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management Stewardship Series of webinars, will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. online.
The cost is $35. Advance registration at https://tx.ag/RWFMSeriesOct is required for all participants. Upon completion of registration and payment, participants will receive an email with two attachments — a receipt and a registration confirmation. At the end of the registration confirmation are instructions on how to access the webinar.
The art of stewardship
“This webinar will emphasize the art and science behind range management,” said series co-coordinator Morgan Treadwell, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension range specialist, San Angelo. “More specifically, our speakers will address the unique relationship between rangeland and grazing livestock.”
The speakers are Jenny Pluhar, Texas Grazing Land Coalition executive director, Canyon, and Frank Price, Frank and Sims Price Ranch, Sterling City. Pluhar also manages ranches in Texas and Montana. Price is a fourth-generation rancher and, along with his son Sims Price, was recognized in 2014 with the Environmental Stewardship Award Program national title from the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.
Treadwell said for over 100 years science has been sounding the alarm, calling for better land stewardship and warning that overstocking and continuously grazing rangeland leads to their degradation and exhaustion.
“Frank and Jenny will take a boots-on-the-ground approach to covering the art of land stewardship and discuss how they collaboratively and creatively utilize the resources and tools available to create that art,” she said.
Treadwell said the program will bring ranchers together to exchange ideas, compare approaches that work for them and share insights into the valuable educational tools available for land stewardship.