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This photo taken in 1990, shows eroded banks, channel width, and many areas of bare soil.

Study finds riparian areas can restore themselves

A study in Oregon wildlife refuge finds ‘passive restoration’ 
can have a dramatic impact after cattle removed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Simply removing cattle may be all that is required to restore many degraded riverside areas. An Oregon State University study found removal of cattle from Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in eastern Oregon helped to rehabilitate the natural environment. Riparian, or riverside, vegetation is particularly susceptible to the effects of grazing because cattle tend to […] Read more

Cows fed flaxseed produce more nutritious dairy products, says OSU study

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy cows that are fed flaxseed produce more nutritious milk, according to a new study by Oregon State University. Their milk contained more omega-3 fatty acids and less saturated fat, the study found. Diets high in saturated fat can increase cholesterol and cause heart disease, while those rich in omega-3 and other polyunsaturated fatty acids […] Read more