Cows Graze to Help Deer

SUTHERLIN, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to use cattle to graze land withing the North Bank Habitat Management Area (NBHMA). The grazing of the 1,176 acres will remove thatch and stimulate new growth, to improve forage for the Columbian white-tailed deer.

Test grazing started in December 2011 and showed encouraging results, so BLM is expanding its use starting this month.

The project has been designed in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish Wildlife, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Sandberg Family Ranch. The Sandberg family, BLM employees, and a Phoenix School youth work crew are preparing the land for the cows by constructing gates and temporary electric fences.

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