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Management Actions for Northwest Grazing Lands

Ranchers, landowners, and land managers in the Northwest are accustomed to adapting to changes in weather, but with climate change they may need to consider climate-smart practices to maintain healthy grazing lands. Warmer winters and springs can result in less snow and more rain, reducing water flow in rivers and streams during summer and affecting irrigation. Higher temperatures and changes to precipitation can lead to drought, heat stress to livestock and wildlife, increased pests and disease, and increased wildfires. There are management actions that can reduce the negative impacts of climate change on Northwest grazing lands. Below are resources providing additional information on some of these management actions.

  • Climate Risk Management Practices


    A synthesis of key climate change sensitivities and risk management practices for non-forest vegetation, water and infrastructure, and wetlands and riparian areas.