Multi-year studies of plant communities and soils in the Bear River Range in southeastern Idaho and northeastern Utah found reduced ground cover and herbaceous production in areas grazed by livestock when compared to reference values or long-term rested areas. Reductions in these ecosystem components have lead to accelerated erosion and losses in stored carbon and nitrogen. Restoration of these ecosystem components, with their associated carbon and nitrogen storage, is possible by application of science-based grazing management.
Carter, John; Chard, Julie; and Chard, Brandon
"Moderating Livestock Grazing Effects on Plant Productivity, Nitrogen and Carbon Storage,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 17, Article 23.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol17/iss1/23