Foraging For Healthy Ecosystems

by HI-GLC on September 15, 2010

The Hawaii Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is committed to furthering the grazing industry's contribution to natural resource and ecosystem conservation. Haleakalā Ranch on Maui practices sound management and skillfully uses grazing land resources in Hawaii. Photo courtesy: Steve Brinkman Photography

The Hawaii Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is committed to furthering the grazing industry's contribution to natural resource and ecosystem conservation. Haleakalā Ranch on Maui practices sound management and skillfully uses grazing land resources in Hawaii. Photo courtesy: Steve Brinkman Photography

The Hawaii Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is a partnership of graziers from Hawaii’s beef, dairy, sheep and goat industries committed to furthering the grazing industry’s contribution to natural-resource and ecosystem conservation. GLCI promotes the sound management and skillful use of grazing land resources in Hawaii.

Privately owned grazing lands are a national and statewide treasure. In Hawaii, they represent approximately 25 percent of the total land mass, offering benefits and values that make them extremely important, not only to the landowners, but to the entire State. Historical use and management of grazing lands long occurred without the benefit of grazing land science as we know it today. As a result, there are now more potential conflicts than ever before on private grazing lands. We are at risk of losing our grazing lands, and, with them, the values they provide. GLCI is part of a national initiative to assure the sustainability of private grazing lands by focusing on the environmental, cultural, and economic ecosystem services they provide.

GLCI seeks to work with landowners to enhance grazing lands for future use and to inform the public of the reasons behind making such a national commitment and investment.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pacific Islands Area, is one of the primary players in the initiative. NRCS is the technical agency of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, providing assistance to conservation districts and individuals in planning and carrying out conservation activities. NRCS also assists with public awareness activities to inform the public of the values and benefits of private grazing lands.

The Hawaii Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is committed to furthering the grazing industry's contribution to natural-resource and ecosystem conservation. Haleakalā Ranch on Maui practices sound management and skillfully uses grazing land resources in Hawaii. Photo courtesy: Steve Brinkman Photography

The Hawaii Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is committed to furthering the grazing industry's contribution to natural-resource and ecosystem conservation. Haleakalā Ranch on Maui practices sound management and skillfully uses grazing land resources in Hawai’i. Photo courtesy: Steve Brinkman Photography

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