First Midwest Grassbank Uses Grazing to Restore Prairie

The Nature Conservancy’s Dunn Ranch Prairie is the Midwest’s first grassbank, reports Harvest Public Media. A grazing agreement allows two local ranchers to put cattle on the tallgrass prairie in Missouri for a couple of months. This allows the ranchers’ land to rest, while the cattle’s hoof trampling and grazing help keep the prairie healthy. Experts stress the importance of grazing and other natural forces in prairie restoration, saying that planned and managed grazing helps control weeds and invasive species.