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Targeted grazing strategy could reduce wildfires

November 29, 2011 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University researchers and experts from other universities are looking into the possibility that a targeted grazing strategy for range cattle could significantly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

“Behavior of wildfires is affected by the abundance of what we call ‘fine fuels,’” said NMSU rangeland expert Derek Bailey. “Our assumption is that moderate levels of grazing can be used to strategically reduce the levels of fine fuels and correspondingly limit impacts and economic losses of wildfire.”

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