Welcome to the 2017 International Seminar on Livestock Grazing Management, sponsored by the US Forest Service International Programs (IP).

Seminar Design

The seminar will take place from July 15-30, 2017. Southern Idaho and Northern Nevada were chosen for the seminar location because of the rich diversity of rangelands and extent of public lands in these states. The seminar is designed to stimulate interaction and learning on a broad spectrum of issues related to rangeland management. Participants will interact with forest managers, grazing specialists, ranchers, researchers, local non-governmental organizations and native communities. Through facilitated discussion, site visits and case study critiques, participants will learn of assessment and planning tools, techniques to address rangeland vegetation and livestock management. The program stimulates deliberations and interactive problem solving, taking advantage of the rich experiences and multiple cultural points of view represented among program participants.

Seminar Themes

  1. Examine the science of rangeland restoration and management.
  2. Observe transitory ranges and successful ways of managing competing uses of rangelands.
  3. Explore methods for engaging resident populations in rangeland management that take into account stakeholder interests and local land use practices.
  4. Understand the interdependency between proper rangeland management and healthy watersheds.
  5. Study and discuss how prescribed fire on rangelands can be used to maintain desirable vegetation and protect watersheds.
  6. Expand professional network and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world.
  7.  Develop strategies and action plans for at-home application of information, approaches and better practices discussed and explored at the seminar.

Seminar Guidelines

The Seminar is a technical and professional course, placing a high demand on the attention and contributions of participants. Participants are expected to actively engage in discussion and work cooperatively with fellow course attendees. The Seminar format includes brief technical sessions, field visits, and experiential and collaborative learning.

Each participant will offer a brief presentation on rangeland issues in their home country, providing an opportunity for other participants to recognize the common as well as unique opportunities and challenges facing mangers worldwide.

The Seminar is offered in the English language, so English speaking proficiency is a requirement for course attendance. Selection of participants will be based only on professional and technical competency. The Seminar is open to all interested parties without regard to gender, race, creed, or nationality.

Seminar Expenses

The cost of the seminar is $12,000 US. The course fee includes: registration, course materials, instruction, seminar-associated travel (travel to and from the US not included), food, lodging and health insurance.