On Friday, March 17, Tualatin Riverkeepers and Ash Creek Forest Management hosted the first of two biannual River Professor Events titled: Using Cattle Grazing in Native Prairie Restoration.
A full house of community members joined us at Cooper Mountain Nature Park, eager to learn more about how partnerships with local cattle ranchers can be used to promote native flora growth in prairies. Our expert panelists were Nicole Ruggiero and George Kral from Ash Creek Forest Management, Dean Moberg from Natural Resource Conservation Service, George and Connie Saul, and Jamie Brown who are ranchers in Washington County.
Prairies are a unique and important ecosystem for wildlife, vegetation, and water quality. Although they are the rarest of North American ecosystems, they have a diverse and complex variety of plants, animals, insects, and microorganisms. The panelists discussed the links between conservation and ranching, and some of the challenges they have faced building this unique conservation partnership.
The River Professor Series was made possible by a grant funded by the Wildlife Conservation Association. Through partnerships with local organizations, the series seeks to connect the community to experts who use innovative methods to combat Washington County’s current environmental pressures. River Professor events are free, hosted in Washington County, and often last 1-2 hours.
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