Enhancing Environmental and Economic Benefits of Woodland Grazing

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$190,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
U of MN
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2016
Counties Affected
Beltrami
Benton
Carver
Cass
Crow Wing
Itasca
Kandiyohi
Koochiching
Lake of the Woods
McLeod
Meeker
Morrison
Renville
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
Stearns
Todd
Wadena
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chp. 52, Sec. 2, Subd. 03j
Appropriation Language

$190,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to evaluate management options for woodlands used for grazing to improve ecological and economic benefits. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$190,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$190,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.32
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Description of Funds
ENRTF
Project Overview

Over 527,000 acres of unmanaged woodlands are being used for livestock grazing throughout Minnesota. Managing these grazed woodlands based on the use of best management practices can provide environmental and economic opportunities, including improved water quality, maximized forage production, and higher-quality timber. The best management practices involved are commonly used in other parts of the country with other types of ecosystems, but have not been widely adopted in Minnesota due to a lack of knowledge and experience with implementing them within the ecosystems of Minnesota. This appropriation is being used by scientists at the University of Minnesota to evaluate and demonstrate how to effectively adapt and implement these best management practices for improved woodland grazing for use in Minnesota.

Project Manager
First Name
Diomy
Last Name
Zamora
Organization Name
U of MN
Street Address
1530 Cleveland Ave N
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55108
Phone
(612) 626-9272
Email
zamor015@umn.edu