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Continued: State tests cattle grazing on hunting grounds

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 5, 2013 - 3:43 PM

Last spring was wet, and little prairie burning could be done, Nelson said. “Grazing is a great alternative,’’ she said. “It’s a really flexible tool.’’

Trauba said officials are studying the impacts of patch-burn grazing to vegetation and wildlife, including bees and butterflies, and it will take several years to measure results.

“This is a big, bold venture,’’ he said. “We have to give it some time before we can draw meaningful conclusions.’’

Meanwhile, cattle should be off the public lands by the time pheasant hunters start hunting them Saturday.

 

Doug Smith • doug.smith@startribune.com

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