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Range specialists share expertise with herders at World Nomad Games

KYRGYZSTAN – During the first half of September, four representatives from the USDA Forest Service with expertise in range management traveled to Kyrgyzstan to share experience at the World Nomad Games and to conduct consultations with Pasture Committees. The travelers were Josh Voorhis and Angela Safranek from Pike and San Isabel National Foerst, Zach Palm from Bighorn National Forest and Kelly Stover from Arapaho and Roosevelt NationalForest. The group was hosted by and worked in support of CAMP Alatoo, a Bishkek-based NGO.

During the 10-day trip, the team’s primary objective was to provide field-based consultations for Pasture Committees on sustainable rangeland management, with an emphasis on adaptive management practices and monitoring techniques, including the Grazing Response Index and Landscape Appearance. The team was also invited by the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan to give presentations on the Forest Service’s experiences in pasture management during the World Nomad Games.

The Forest Service has partnered with CAMP Alatoo since 2015, when the organization’s director participated in the USDA Forest Service’s International Seminar on Livestock Grazing Management, which included a short course based on Nevada Range School curriculum. As a result of this experience, CAMP Alatoo’s director worked with his team to design a project to adapt certain practices from the U.S. and disseminate these practices to communities in Kyrgyzstan. The Forest Service also sent teams of rangeland experts to Kyrgyzstan in 2016 and 2017 to support

Josh Voorhis gets to know eagles competing in a hunting competition during the World Nomad Games. USDA Forest Service photo by Zach Palm.


Forest Service travelers Angela Safranek (far left) and Kelly Stover (second from left) discuss grazing management practices over a traditional meal in a herder’s yurt. USDA Forest Service photo by Zach Palm.