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Easy Monitoring to Track Pasture and Rangeland Changes

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  3 Comments

All you need is your smart phone, maybe a shovel or fence post from the back of your truck, and the willingness to take a picture and email it to yourself and you’ve become a monitoring master!

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Geralyn Devereaux says:

    My out of state family might think my Facebook posts are bragging on my garden but for me they are ways to let the family know my health status (am I well enough to do the work) and for me it has helped me chart times of year and types of experiments etc. When I post a picture I do fill in many details that must make them shake their heads but priceless info/dates/visuals for me and I am surprised how frequently useful! A simple phone that will send the picture to Messenger has done the trick for me.

  2. Dave George says:

    GrassSnap from UofNeb is a great electronic monitoring method with your phone. I still use camera and paper so my 3 ring book can be passed around. LtC George Custer’s photographer has some great photos of 1876 and Paul Horsted has the same spot in 1999; creating a great history recaptured. Keith Klement did the same from old range photos at Sheridan College in WY. Sooo I think I am creating a historical document everytime I take a documented photo location and describe the plants and environmental situation that I have observed. Range, pasture and forest monitoring is fun activity.

  3. DWK says:

    A few months ago, my wife and I learned how to use her smart phone to video tape some trees on our place. The nice thing about it was, I was able to speak and give a nice narrative to our film. With the aid of the pause button we were able to skip around the pasture. Now we are able to go back and film again and report progress, etc.

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