Environmental management of farmland serves many purposes: preserving open space and farming heritage; producing revenue; and enhancing the usability of the farmland for wildlife habitat. Relatively minor adjustments to irrigation schedules; weed control practices, and mowing patterns can make a field livable for threatened and endangered species.
Through integrated agriculture practices, Wildlands can preserve open space and farming heritage while improving ecological benefits for wildlife. This concept can be applied two ways: by utilizing agricultural techniques such as controlled grazing to assist in the management of ecological preserves; or by using environmental principles in farming to enhance the farm fields' value as habitat.On our Western landscapes, we use our own cattle and goats to manage vegetation on habitat preserves. Prescribed grazing helps the land managers maintain grasses at heights that meet habitat objectives for target species such as burrowing owls and Swainson's hawks. The cattle also can help suppress invasive non-native plants.