Cheat Grass Grazing Management Could Help Reduce Fire Danger

A study by University of Nevada, Reno found that the fire danger posed by invasive cheat grass across the Intermountain West could be reduced through targeted grazing. Researchers found that placing supplemental feeding stations in areas dominated by cheat grass led to cattle reducing the fine-fuel biomass by more than 50%, as well as encouraging growth of native grasses. They suggest that strategic placement of protein supplements could be used to reduce fuel loads in areas of particular concern, such as where fuel loads are particularly high or adjacent to biological or cultural resources.