Ranchers are essential stewards of grasslands and prevent rangeland from being converted to cropland or urban areas. Rangelands are important for pollinators, providing contiguous and often expansive areas of habitat (food and shelter) in the Great Plains. In turn, pollinators are important for rangelands; by sustaining a wide array of wildflowers, they provide valuable forage for cattle, food for wildlife, support soil health, and make grasslands more resilient. These best management practices (BMPs) will help you manage your rangeland using grazing, fire, or haying, to support both livestock production and pollinator health. Well-managed rangelands are home for many species of wildlife, and your management decisions play an important role in conservation.
A Guide for Producers in the Great Plains