Successful 2017 Range Tour Recap
The Washington Cattlemen's Association hosed a successful range tour...
with over 80 attendees in Tonasket, WA, including university and government agencies. Tip Hudson, WSU Extension, Associate Professor of Rangeland and Livestock Management, Travis Fletcher (USFS) and Will Keller (NRCS) lead in-depth discussion on various rangeland monitoring methods including Height-Weight Method, Graze Class Method and Landscape Appearance Method. Attendees had the opportunity to break off into smaller groups and work more directly with the speakers on applying the different methods to rangeland monitoring. This offered attendees an opportunity to see the strengths and weaknesses of each monitoring method in practice. It became clear that a combination of methods provides the most accurate data. All three
speakers focused on site selection as being the foundation for the most effective information.
During lunch Ethan Lane, Public Lands Council Director, spoke about the new attitude in Washington DC. Lane says he is seeing a more open and get down to business attitude, especially among the agencies and cabinet members. With increased communication Lane sees great opportunity for the cattle industry to share their story, struggles and needs. Ranchers in attendance appeared encouraged to hear a more positive outlook coming out of D.C.
The day wrapped up with a group discussion about the effectiveness of the tour. While attendees voiced their concerns working with public land officials, everyone noted that the tour and workshop was a step in the right direction towards an effective and positive working relationship among public land permit holders and agencies.