2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Ecology of Grazing and Grasslands in the Pacific Northwest

REVISED

Spring 2014 quarter

Faculty
Michael Paros veterinary medicine
Fields of Study
agriculture, biology and ecology
Preparatory for studies or careers in
animal agriculture, ecology, conservation, rangeland management, animal physiology and behavior.
Description

This field-based program will provide students with the fundamental tools to manage livestock and grasslands by exploring the ecological relationships between ruminants and the land. We will begin the quarter learning about the physiology of grasses and their response to grazing and fire. Practical forage identification, morphology and production will be taught. Ruminant nutrition, foraging behavior, and digestive physiology will be covered as a precursor to learning about the practical aspects of establishing, assessing and managing livestock rotational grazing operations. We will divide our time equally between intensive grazing and extensive rangeland systems. Classroom lectures, workshops and guest speakers will be paired with weekly field trips to dairy, beef, sheep and goat grazing farms. There will be overnight trips to Willammette Valley where we will study managed intensive grazing dairy operations and forage production, and Eastern Washington/Oregon where students can practice their skills in rangeland monitoring and grazing plan development. Other special topics that will be covered in the program include: co-evolutionary relationships between ruminants and grasses, targeted and multi-species grazing, prairie ecology and restoration, riparian ecosystems, controversies in public land grazing, interactions between wildlife and domestic ruminants, and perennial grain development.

Schedule and Location
Spring
Location
Olympia
Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
Books
Greener Store
Required Fees
$250 for three overnight field trips.
Upper Division Science Credit
Students seeking to earn upper division credit must contact the faculty to discuss options prior to the start of the quarter
Offered During
Day

Program Revisions

Date Revision
June 4th, 2013 New opportunity added.