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Old 05-01-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default Missouri land managers take a new approach

Cattle grazing is not going to go away so on private land at least some are heeding the call to a different way.


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Now Smith and other private landowners, working with Missouri Audubon and state agencies, are taking an ecosystem approach to preserving and restoring 31,000 acres of what’s left of the Missouri prairie, including Hi Lonesome, an Audubon Important Bird Area. The plan should help prairie-chickens, although Henslow’s sparrows, short-eared owls, and eastern meadowlarks could benefit as well. If the plan works, cattle will play a starring role.
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Managed grazing—by simulating the historic grazing patterns of bison on millions of acres—knocks back enough of the tallgrass that grassland chicks can forage for insects while still having adequate cover from predators. “We’ve worked directly with landowners,” says Tony Robyn, regional director of Audubon’s Upper Mississippi Flyway Program. “We zeroed in on beef producers. How they hay or graze can impact the survival of ground-nesting birds.”
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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This is so encouraging. Thanks Gloria!
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