Urban prescribed grazing as an alternative to conventional land management techniques
Richardson, Zachary Andrew
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This thesis introduces prescribed grazing, or the application of livestock to control unwanted vegetation, as an urban landscape management tool, and justifies its legitimacy in terms of its environmental, economic, and social implications. Research for this thesis was conducted using three methods: a literature review, interviews, and a case study. Data was collected from both peer-reviewed and popular literature in a variety of fields, including environmental psychology, ecological restoration, and husbandry. Interviews with individuals familiar with prescribed grazing were used to gather the most up-to-date information available about logistical details and public perceptions of the practice. The case study provided opportunities to explore specific questions and conduct experiments pertaining to the practice of urban prescribed grazing. Information gathered using these three research methods suggests that prescribed grazing can be an environmentally benign, cost-competitive, and socially engaging vegetation management technique in urban landscapes.