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Refuge Exploring Livestock Grazing As A Means to Control Invasives

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, McGregor District and the Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge (Refuges) are hoping to use livestock grazing to control invasive plants species. The Refuges are exploring grazing options in two areas: one near Farmersburg, IA and the other in the Upper Iowa River area near and New Albin, IA.

The Refuges are looking for producers interested in contributing to invasive plant control efforts through grazing of their livestock. Producers will be responsible for the fencing, watering, and transport of animals, but the grazing will be otherwise free of charge.

Invasive plants such as reed canary grass and Japanese hops threaten native biodiversity by outcompeting native species, posing serious management challenges. Prescribed grazing by cattle, goats, or sheep have been used on other National Wildlife Refuges to combat the spread of invasive species. Using grazing as a control strategy has the added benefit of providing additional forage to local livestock producers.

For additional information contact Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 401 Business Hwy 18N, McGregor, Iowa 52157. Telephone (563) 873-3423 ext. 11.

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2013
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