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Land & Water Stories

Sustainable Grazing Lands

We're working with ranchers, businesses and agencies to protect and enhance grasslands, while helping feed the Earth’s growing population.

The Challenge
In North America, an estimated 775 million acres are grazed. Of that acreage, experts estimate that between 30 to 70 percent of the lands are degraded. Impacts from topsoil erosion and loss of habitat to invasive species, unstainable land management and altered weather patterns are threatening the health and well-being of the people, plants and animals that depend on these lands.

As the world’s population soars to 9 billion people over the next 30 years and the demand for food production increases, even greater demands will be placed on these grazed lands.

Our Approach
In the past few years, there has been increasing interest from core drivers within the beef supply chain — the US and Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, and the USDA — to implement strategies that maintain beef supplies while sustaining and improving grazed lands. As interest and momentum grows, this is the time to act. This is the time to promote widespread adoption of sustainable grazing practices by:

  1. developing tools and strategies that people can use to manage grazing lands toward improved condition and
  2. providing scientific evidence that these tools and methods work on the ground.

The Conservancy is poised to inspire and support the application of these strategies across North America through conservation planning, collaboration, education, market mechanisms, and well-founded policy.

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