Dr. Roy Roath of Colorado State University pioneered and developed the Grazing Response Index. The GRI was developed to assess the effects of grazing during the year and aid rangeland planning the next. The index looks closely at plant health in evaluating the impacts of grazing including the frequency of defoliation, intensity of defoliation, and recovery.
Idaho Farm Bureau Range Specialist Wally Butler says effective and precise monitorining of grazing land is a must in modern day ranching operations. "It's very user friendly, and better yet it's a good way to get everyone on the same page."
"Most Forest lands require monitoring and its a requirement in the permit process, this is very important, yet once you know what's required and how to do it, its relatively easy to do," said Butler, he adds, "The workshop is free and open to the public and we hope to get a lot of people out see Dr. Roath."If you want more information on the workshop you can email Wally Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org