North Routt Virtual Fencing Collaborative Project
Goals, Scope and Objectives:
The intern position will assist the US Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Routt County Conservation District, CSUE and grazing permittees to begin implementation of the North Routt Virtual Fence Project. Utilization cages will be set up in key areas defined by USFS and CPW that will be monitored during the grazing season. Upland targets of 40% use and riparian targets of 6-inch stubble height and < 20% streambank alteration will be used.
Upon meeting thresholds cattle will be rotated out of utilized areas. The intern will also learn to work with Herd Manager and coordinate with the permittees and USFS to created adaptive grazing patterns.
Field work will require the ability to use off-road vehicles in a safe manner and use basic navigation and backcountry skills. A successful applicant will also have the ability to work with local ranching communities. Given the nature of the field experience, applicants must demonstrate their ability to work outdoors under inclement conditions. Applicants with interest in soils, botany, range science and/or wildlife habitat are preferred.
With which stakeholder group(s) will the intern work?
What student learning outcomes do you anticipate and what are the opportunities for professional development?
Forage use estimates using a variety of methods;
Virtual fencing technology;
Safe off-road vehicle use;
How to work with land management agencies, private individuals/agriculturists, and educators on a collaborative project.