However, there is still hope for the Patagonian grasslands. We are working closely with Argentine rancher network Ovis XXI and Patagonia Inc. clothing company on an exciting new partnership that aims to reverse more than 100 years of overgrazing on Patagonian grasslands.
As part of the project, The Nature Conservancy works closely with wool producers to provide scientific expertise and monitoring to ranchers. Together, we introduced the Patagonia Grassland Regeneration and Sustainability Standard – or GRASS, for short –that incorporates conservation science, planning and monitoring into the management plans of wool producers.
So, rather than grazing sheep in one place continually, they are moved in and out of different pastures depending on the conditions of the grasses, which encourages more diversity of native grass species and more ground coverage. When flock sizes, lands and streams are properly managed, then ranchers, sheep, native plants and animals can thrive together.
GRASS is intended to help achieve the following goals for people, wildlife and grasslands:
Some of the specific outcomes of the sustainable grazing partnership include:
August 14, 2013