Native rangelands, at more than 700 million acres in the U.S., are a major contributor to the natural resource base of the nation. With over two thirds of this resource held as private lands, a large portion of our future water, wildlife, and livestock productivity depends on the stewardship of private ranches. Texas alone has over 92 million acres of native rangelands on private ranches, representing some of the nation’s most valuable wildlife habitats while also the source of our country’s largest cattle production. However, native rangelands are under increasing threat from drought, disease, invasive plants, and exotic animals.
The purpose of our research program is to understand and improve the productivity of native rangelands for both wildlife conservation and livestock production. Our approach is to generate science-based solutions to help ranchers conserve wildlife habitats while sustaining livestock production.
East Foundation’s lands are a living laboratory.
See the links adjacent for more details about our research projects.