Relevant research on the impacts of public land grazing and various grazing practices and systems is voluminous. Available below are a selection of what we judge to be the most important, high-quality independent research relevant and applicable to public land grazing in Northern California. You won’t find much here from University Extension Service folks whose research tends to be designed to serve the interests of livestock owners and operators. Of particular note in this section are literature reviews which summarize what scientists have learned about the impacts of livestock grazing on water quality, riparian areas and wildlife habitat.

Big Cattle, Big Gulp - Cowboys and cows are soaking the American West dry (The New Republic, February 4, 2015)

Water for animal products: a blind spot in water policy (IOP Publishing, 2014)

Cattle Selection for Aspen and Meadow Vegetation: Implications for Restoration (Jones et al., 2011)

Survey of Livestock Influences on Stream and Riparian Ecosystems in the Western United States (Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 1999)

Birds and Livestock Grazing - A Review (By George Wuerthner)

Response of Livestock to Riparian Exclusion (Larry D Bryant, 1982)

Cattle Grazing and Conservation of a Meadow - Dependent Amphibian Species in the Sierra Nevada (Roche et al., 2012)

Stream Channel and Vegetation Responses to Late Spring Cattle Grazing (Warren P. Clary, May 1999)

Adapting to Climate Change on Western Public Lands: Addressing the Ecological Effects of Domestic, Wild, and Feral Ungulates (Beschta et al, 2012)

Deer, Elk, and Cattle: The Starkey Project (Pacific Northwest Research Station, March 2016)

Algae in the Sierra Nevada Wilderness areas (Sierra Nature Notes, February 2010)

Coliform and Pathologic Bacteria in Sierra Nevada National Forest Wilderness Area Lakes and Streams (Derlet et al. 2004)

Diet Overlap and Social Interactions among Cattle, Horses, Deer and Elk in the Cascade - Siskiyou National Monument, Southwest Oregon (Hosten et al., 2007)

Response of Stream Channels to Removal of Cattle Grazing Disturbance: Overview of Western U.S. Exclosure Studies (McDowell and Magilligan, 1997)

Sympatric Cattle Grazing and Desert Bighorn Sheep Foraging (Garrison et al., 2015)

Restoration of Riparian Areas Following the Removal of Cattle in the Northwestern Great Basin (Batchelor et al., 2014)

Potential Impacts of Cattle Grazing on Landbirds of Montane Riparian Habitat (Johnson and Alexander, 1997)

Livestock Systems Complementary or Compatible with Wildlife (Mitchell J. Willis)

Landbird Distribution in Grazed and Ungrazed Montane Basins of the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area (Alexander and Johnson)

Patterns in Fecal Indicator Bacteria in the Scott River Watershed, 2007 - 2014

Response of Vegetation and Breeding Birds to the Removal of Cattle on the San Pedro River, Arizona (U.S.A.) (Krueper et al., 2003)

Riparian Songbird Abundance a Decade After Cattle Removal on Hart Mountain and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuges (Earnst et al., 2005)

A selection of Scientific Literature of relevance for Public Land Grazing Management

Water for animal products: a blind spot in water policy (Arjen Y Hoekstra, 2014)

Grazing and Climate Change Impacts on Water Temperature in Sierra Nevada Streams (Nussel et al., 2015)

ELF vs. SWRCB Supreme Court Decision (California Water Law Journal, 2014)





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