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GCC Fall Webinar 5 - Wildfire Risk Reduction Through Targeted Grazing

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Wildfire Risk Reduction Through Targeted Grazing

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Speaker: Amanda Miller, Rangeland Ecologist, M.Sc., P.Ag. and Owner at Palouse Rangeland Consulting

During recent fire seasons the value of grazing was evident in changing fire behaviour by helping slow, turn, or stop fires from moving across the landscape. The British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association has partnered with the Province of British Columbia to develop a pilot program with the intent to decrease wildfire risk in BC’s wildland/urban interface by reducing fine fuel loads/breaking up fine fuel continuity through targeted grazing while maintaining ecological and multiple use values. Preliminary results showed that the grazing treatment reduced fine fuel height and total biomass relative to non-grazed controls, illustrating that targeted grazing reduces fine fuel loading and subsequent fire risk.

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