Grassland Management

Hay field Hildebrand Ranch Park

Grasslands provide a rich variety of wildlife and desirable plants.    They were grazed by elk and bison.  Many locations had small mammals like prairie dogs and badgers.  There are many grassland birds, reptiles, and insects who all make their home "on the range"

Our Front Range grasslands evolved with periodic natural disturbances including fire and flooding.  As these ecosystems have been altered by human development, changes in agricultural practices, and the introduction of non-native species, the natural disturbances have been altered.  Living on the plains brings with it conditions that property owners need to be aware of.

Resources

CSFS Wildfire Risks on the Plains