Cattle Grazing in the Churn Creek Greenway
In the grasslands surrounding the Churn Creek trails, non-native and invasive annual grasses and herbs have largely outcompeted native grassland species. This is true for most grassland regions of California, where native species make up less than one percent of the standing grassland crop. Native perennial and annual grasses developed in conjunction with grazing herds of pronghorned antelope, elk, and deer. Herds browsed, grazed, and trampled the grass and Native Americans acted as stewards of these valued ecosystems.
With managed cattle grazing, the Foundation can mimic the actions of the native herds that previously foraged the grasslands surrounding Churn Creek. The cattle will help limit the growth of noxious weeds and facilitate the growth of native grasses and wildflowers. The rejuvenated soils will provide an ecosystem in which native flora and fauna can thrive. Annual spring grazing will also allow the Foundation to minimize the amount of herbicides, fuel, and intensive labor needed to keep our properties safe from forest fires.
From March 24-May 31, 2014, twenty-five cows will be rotated from pasture to pasture in the Churn Creek Greenway. Electric fencing will surround the pastures at all times and interns from Shasta College will assist in moving fencing and monitoring the cattle. A few trails may be blocked for a couple of weeks, but most of the main trails will remain accessible throughout the project.
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