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Valley Stewardship Network, University of Wisconsin Extension, University of Minnesota Extension, the Wallace Center Pasture Project, and the Savanna Institute will be hosing a free a free pasture walk focusing on grassland and savanna restoration in grazing system Aug. 4 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The event is being held at E5930 Spring Coulee Road, Coon Valley.

Prehistorically, grazing was an important component of our natural landscapes and the process of grazing helped to maintain native ecosystems and promote biodiversity. Today, there are multiple opportunities to help conserve and promote biodiversity in agricultural systems by utilizing managed grazing techniques and bringing grazing back to our natural systems. Native tallgrass prairie plantings can provide alternative sources of forage and when placed as a buffer strip can help to improve water quality. Oak Savanna restorations utilizing silvopasture techniques can increase the amount of land in grazing production, provide shade and shelter for livestock, and increase biodiversity. Come see both of these practices in place on a working farm. Speakers include Keefe Keeley (Savanna Institute), John Delaney (Valley Stewardship Network) and Rod Ofte (Pasture Project). A free lunch will be provided.

Topics will include: opening the canopy in closed woodlands to create forage opportunities, benefits of trees for livestock shade and shelter, warm-season forages, and the benefits for invasive species control, wildlife, and water quality.

This event is being held in conjunction with a two-day workshop in southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin, focusing on silvopasture techniques. For more information on the full list of workshop topics, registration details, and costs, visit z.umn.edu/silvopastureAug3-4

For more information on this event, or to RSVP, contact John Delaney at 608-637-3615 or john@valleystewardshipnetwork.org. Register by July 27.

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