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ARI-Technical-Report-265-Guide-to-managing-livestock-grazing-in-wetlands-decision-framework-V1.0

ARI-Technical-Report-265-Guide-to-managing-livestock-grazing-in-wetlands-decision-framework-V1.0

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Grazing Decision Tree B EVC condition class: 4 Vegetation condition objective: Improve vegetation condition Overview EVCs in condition class 4 are slightly modified or in good condition (see Table 2). The most desirable management objective for this condition class is to improve vegetation condition. For these sites Grazing Decision Tree B overleaf should be used. In cases where landscape-scale threats or funding limit the ability to improve the vegetation condition, maintaining vegetation condition is an acceptable management objective. In these cases Grazing Decision Tree A on page 31 should be used. Grazing management considerations EVCs in this condition class are of high value and should be protected from potentially damaging activities, including livestock grazing. There are a few instances however when livestock grazing may be a means of supporting these vegetation values. These include when potentially dominant, introduced grazing-palatable plants are established nearby and have started to invade the wetland, and when control through other means is unrealistic, or when biomass reduction is required and other means such as mechanical removal are not suitable. 35

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