NEW LandSmart® Grazing Program for Community Resilience
Jul 16, 2021 at 8:00am
Gold Ridge and Sonoma Resource Conservation Districts have created LandSmart® Grazing, a program designed to fund the partnership between landowners and contract grazers in the hopes of reducing the risk and rapid spread of wildfire.
LandSmart Grazing is a targeted grazing program designed to support interested neighbors or community groups to utilize grazing as a way of reducing fuel load and making their communities safer in the face of wildfires. In addition to reducing fire risks, this type of vegetation management and community-supported targeted grazing can improve biodiversity and provide a carbon-friendly method of vegetation management. LandSmart Grazing also aims to serve previously burned properties in order to remove invasive weeds and reduce fuel load in preparation for future post-fire recovery activities.
The RCDs plan to connect contract grazers to landowners with the help of the U.C. Cooperative Extension's program Match.Graze in the hopes of facilitating a smooth and effective reduction of fire-fuels. Additional information about this program, including an application form, will be sent out over email soon. Sign up for Sonoma RCD emails and keep an eye on your inbox if you think you might be interested in applying!