Many of the preserves with cattle licenses consist of overgrown agricultural fields or improved/unimproved pastures installed by previous landowners. Where and when feasible, the goal for these altered areas is to restore them to more “natural” plant communities to become part of a viable functioning ecosystem.
Until restoration work can begin, grazing in these areas is a useful management tool to help reduce the overgrown vegetation (fuels) that can make a wildfire more devastating to native vegetation and wildlife. Cattle graze on many plant species; some of these include invasive exotic plants competing with native plants that often serve as food and/or shelter for some of our native animal species. Grazing assists in keeping exotic vegetation at a more manageable level so less herbicide is required to control it.
Hog trapping by our cattle licensees has recently been added to our cattle leases (see
License Agreement for Cattle Grazing). As long as hog trapping has been approved by the land stewardship coordinator, and the cattleperson/licensee holds the necessary permits and follows set procedures, the individual may trap to remove feral hogs. The primary benefit to the cattleperson is reduced damage to the vegetation necessary for their cattle to feed on. Additional benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Reducing the spread of invasive exotic plants
- Reducing feral hog populations on these lands and neighboring properties
- Reducing management budget expenditure for hired trappers
- Decreasing the potential of spreading parasites and bloodborne diseases (i.e. brucellosis) that hogs carry to other livestock and humans
All preserves with appropriate public access (containing at least a pedestrian gate) are open to hikers, whether there is a cattle lease on the site or not. All preserves with an active cattle lease and a pedestrian access gate will have a sign posted to advise hikers. Please do not feed or harass the livestock. Locations without pedestrian gates require the public to schedule an onsite visit with a land stewardship coordinator.
Cattle Grazing on Conservation 20/20 Land
Requirements & Fees
- If you are interested in leasing Conservation 20/20 land for cattle grazing, you must carry premises liability insurance coverage and Lee County BOCC needs to be listed as a certificate holder and be added as additionally insured. (See
License Agreement for Cattle Grazing).
- We currently charge $1/acre for improved (fallow agricultural fields & improved/unimproved pasture) and 50 cents/acre for native range (vegetated natural areas).
Currently, there are no open/unleased parcels available for grazing. However, as properties become available, we will contact cattlepersons who have added their names to our waitlist (currently, there are more than 20). Depending on your grazing needs (acreage size, location in county, vegetation type, condition of fence, etc.) and your position on the waitlist, you could remain on this list for a while before a suitable grazing parcel becomes available.
For any questions, or to add your name to our waitlist, please contact: