Ranchers across the American West are facing expanding populations of large carnivores, including wolves and grizzly bears, that threaten their livestock operations in various ways. In 2020, a West-wide team of people invested in working lands conservation received a NRCS National Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to explore landowner collaborative strategies for non-lethal predator management (click to download a project summary). This group, called the Conflict on Workinglands CIG (CoW-CIG) team, worked closely with NRCS as the agency developed an Interim Practice Standard (IPS) on predator management techniques.

Now, the CoW-CIG team is hosting three webinars this summer/fall to discuss practice implementation with ranchers and NRCS staff. The webinars will share practical information on the three different techniques for managing predation and production risks of large carnivores that the team is continuing to evaluate. Ranchers from multiple states in the West who are utilizing these practices, along with other members of the CoW-CIG team, will share ideas for transitioning from innovative strategies to broadly applicable practices through the NRCS Conservation Delivery framework.


Registration is free, but required.

Each webinar takes place from 12-1:30pm MST

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There are emerging opportunities for technical and financial assistance through Farm Bill programs to support producers in the implementation of range riding, carcass management, and various types of electric fencing/fladry. Discussion will include guidelines for conflict risk assessment with utility for conservation planning, through evaluation of habitat and ranch production factors, along with approaches to site-specific implementation.

Non-lethal conflict prevention practices are one element of the 4C’s framework, a system-based approach to conflict reduction. The 4C’s – compensation, conflict prevention, control (lethal) and collaboration – comprise a framework that supports conservation and provides opportunities to address the social, ecological, and economic situation unique to each region, community, and operation.

If you would like  more information on the webinars, please contact:
Bre Owens, bre@westernlandowners.org
Jared Beaver, jared.beaver@montana.edu

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