Harney County Cattle Grazing Study

Meeting Notes:

September 26, 2001

Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center

In Attendance:

Tony Svejcar - Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center

Ted Netter - Crane High School

Jimmy Zamora - Burns High School

Bob Zybach - Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc.

Wayne Giesy - Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc.

Question 1: Are a series of group e-mails the best way to get this project

started?  Should we set a date for the next meeting?  Who else should be


Project Title:  Harney County Cattle Grazing Study (better wording or


Basic Agreement: Crane HS and Harney HS Agriculture teachers and students

will work with the assistance of the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research

Center (EOARC) and other members of the local community during the 2000-2001

school year to study the benefits and effects of cattle grazing in Harney

County, Oregon.  ORWW will work with teachers, students, scientists, and

other project participants to help create and maintain a long-term Internet

website to display the results of the study and to assist in use of the

website for purposes of public education and local resources management.

EOARC will work with teachers and students to provide scientific expertise

and peer review and to help develop practical uses of the website for

public education and local resources management purposes.

Question 2: Should we develop a formal agreement for this project?  If so,

should other organizations or individuals be included at this point?  How

should participants and agreements be presented on the website?

Purpose of the Study. The primary purpose of this project is to assist

with the education of Crane HS and Burns HS Agriculture students regarding

the benefits and effects of cattle grazing and the use of Internet for data

archive, resource management, and public education.  A secondary purpose of

the project is to use the website to enhance the management of cattle and

grazing lands in Harney County.

Question 3: Are there other purposes that should be listed?  How can the

purposes be more clearly presented?  Where should they be included on the


Student Reports and Project Themes: Key Benefits & Effects of Cattle

Grazing on Local Environments

1. Food Production

2. Recreational Opportunities

3. Fire Management/Public Safety

4. Wildlife Habitat

5. Economy and Infrastructure Development

6. Environment (Air and Water Quality)

7. Culture (Way of Life)

Question 4: What other benefits and effects can be studied?  Can classroom

time be effectively used to prioritize and briefly define these themes?

Where should they be presented on the website?

Website Design: The following outline includes the major components we

discussed that should be included in website design.  ORWW will host the

project website and will also host Homepages for Crane HS and Burns HS

and/or the HS Ag classes for at least two years.  If another host is

preferred, ORWW will provide a mirror site for backup copy and public

education and/or use purposes.  Costs of website hosting will be carried by

ORWW, thanks to a generous grant provided by the Clemens Foundation of

Philomath, Oregon.

The first four components were discussed during the meeting.  I have added

a fifth component, Desired Future Conditions, as a reasonable outcome of

the student's findings.  Please comment, add, subtract, and/or amend. 

I.  Cattle Grazing History


            Oral Histories



II. Current Research

            Water Quality

            Juniper Migration

            Wildlife Habitat

            Predator Control


III. Current Issues

            Monitoring for Permits


            Wildlife Populations

            Riparian Zones

            Pesticides and Herbicides


IV.  Geology and Prehistoric Conditions

            Climate Change

            Prairie Burning

            Native Plants

            Human History


V.  Desired Future Conditions

            Next Year (2003)

            Five Years (2007)

            Twenty Years (2022)

            One Hundred Years (2102)


Project Homepage: The homepage should load quickly, contain one or more

interesting graphics, and link to the principal participants and components

listed above. We are prepared to put it immediately online, as soon as

group consensus (Crane HS, Burns HS, ORWW, EOARC)is reached regarding

design.  The HS and/or Ag class homepages should be developed

independently.  ORWW will provide server space for several dozen webpages

for the school and Ag class websites for at least two years, so long as

size remains reasonable.  A significant amount of space is available for

the Cattle Grazing Website, but care should be taken to make certain

webpages load rapidly and can be easily reached and used.  Video (mpeg) and

sound pages can also be developed, but use should be based on practical

value rather than strict entertainment or decoration.

Question 5: Who should design the Draft Homepage?  Should we put four or

five samples online?  Should HS students other than Ag students be involved

in creating HS Homepages?  Should we have a groupd meeting of both classes

for the purpose of designing a homepage?

Question 6: What next?  Should we continue planning and discussion through

group e-mail?  Meet again in the near future?  Plan a group activity

including both schools?  Put together a discussion board or chat room on

the new website?  Other?

This is an exciting project and I am looking forward with great interest to

working with each of you and the students to make certain we achieve the

best results possible--and have fun in the process! 

Bob Zybach, Project Manager



Wayne Giesy, Board Member



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