Livestock & Rangeland Management

Agent - Sergio Arispe

Malheur County is the second largest county in Oregon.  It covers 6.3 million acres or approximately 9,874 square miles.  Seventy-two percent of this land is in public ownership, with the Bureau of Land Management managing nearly two-thirds of the public rangelands from its Vale District Office.

The Oregon State University Extension Service in Malheur County works with citizens, as well as partnering natural resource agencies, to promote management practices that are consistent with improving rangeland health for multiple uses (e.g., recreation, wildlife, and livestock).

Monitoring is a process that land managers can use assess how management decisions affect rangeland and natural resource health.  If you are interested in a rangeland monitoring workshop, please contact your Malheur County Livestock and Rangeland Extension Agent at  The extension office currently has 10 rangeland monitoring kits that private landowners can get on loan after receiving monitoring training.

       Malheur County
Rangeland Monitoring Kits

  1. 1-Plano Tool Box with tray
  2. 1-CoolPix AW110 GPS Camera
  3. 1-Portable Desktop/Clipboard
  4. 1-Garmin eTrex 10 GPS
  5. 1-100’ ProTape
  6. 2-Stakes (red and white)
  7. 1-Corona Grass Shear
  8. 2-6’ Tekton Folding Ruler


Greater Sage-Grouse Nest Predators in the Virginia Mountains of Northwestern Nevada.  The California ground squirrel, bobcats, long-tailed weasels, ravens, and the American badger are only some of the wildlife species that were photographed disturbing sage-grouse nests and eggs.  The complete set of photographs can be seen in the publication at: