Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum; also called downy brome) invaded sites are becoming more common in the southern Rocky Mountains, alarming land managers and livestock producers who fear loss of valuable wildlife habitat and grazing resources.
The Rocky Mountain Cheatgrass Management Project, a collaborative effort between Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming, was formed to address these concerns through multidisciplinary research that will generate integrated ecological and economic decision support tools.
These decision support tools will enable land managers, producers and extension specialists to:
- assess the impact of cheatgrass on rangeland condition,
- evaluate management inputs necessary to improve the land’s condition,
- weigh the costs and benefits of the options, and
- improve the ecological state of the land and economic status of the rancher.
Our handbook has been published! Cheatgrass Management Handbook: Managing and invasive grass in the Rocky Mountain Region, is available from the Wyoming Extension Department (Click title to see handbook).