EOARC Range Field Day – June 27, 2017

Burns, Ore. (June 28, 2017) – With a strong heat wave in the last full weekend of June, it was no surprise that wildfires were the talk of the conversation at the annual Range Field Day put on by the Eastern Oregon Agriculture Research Center (“EOARC”) on June 27th. This annual event attracts a variety of attendees ranging from cattle producers, agency workers of the Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation, and Soil & Water Conservation Districts, as well as students from across the country.

Topics for the 2017 event, held at the Northern Great Basin Experimental Range in Burns, Oregon, included:

  • “Managing Wildfire, Where we are at and What’s Coming” by Tony Svejcar
  • “Predicting Fire Outcomes Based on Fuels,” by John Bates and Chad Boyd
  • “Livestock Grazing for Fuels Management,” by Kirk Davies
  • “Restoration of Sagebrush Rangeland and the Safe Site Concept,” by Roger Sheley.
  • “Seed Amendments to Increase Restoration Success,” by Jay Kerby
  • “Applying Safe Site Concepts in Field Restoration,” by Elsie Denton & Roger Sheley
  • “Using Apparent Trend to Inform Management Decisions,” by Dustin Johnson and Chad Boyd

The theme of the Range Day was management considerations before and after a fire to ensure the survival of desirable grasses and shrubs. A wet winter has caused fear for added wildfire fuel this summer and making sure precautionary efforts are taken to prevent wildfire outbreaks and spreads is of the utmost importance for the survival of our rangeland.

Although this year’s topics related strongly to wildfire, the focus of Range Field Day changes every year based on a particular emphasis of the location where the event is being hosted.

EOARC is comprised of scientists and support staff from Oregon State University and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Its mission is to provide the science behind sound land and livestock management for current and future generations. Current research projects focus on beef cattle nutrition, cattle behavior and temperament management, rangeland restoration, juniper management, weed control, rangeland fuels management, and developing science-based decision support tools for range and livestock managers.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.