A study from UC Davis climate scientists notes that in 21st Century California, grasslands are more reliable carbon sinks than forests.
Grassland ecosystems are dependent upon grazing to activate the lifecycle of perennial grasses, and modern science-based managed grazing strategies are an efficient means of replicating this natural process.
Managed livestock grazing is an essential land management tool that can help reduce catastrophic wildfire risk or fire intensity while also cycling nutrients through the soil and fostering healthy wildlife habitat.
Managed livestock grazing and other climate-smart practices are time-honored methods in sustainable farming communities throughout the world. These practices include applying compost on pastures to increase the organic matter, moisture retention, and nutrients.
When soils have more organic matter, greater water retention, and receive proper nutrition, they naturally increase the volume of pasture production. Other climate-smart practices include implementing intensive rotational animal grazing to maximize pasture growth, planting windbreaks and hedgerows to reduce soil erosion, and planting perennial grasses to deepen underground root systems.
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