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Category: Ecological Research

Title: Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health

Author: Habich, N. , Mendenhall, A. , Wolfe, T. , Chavez, G. , Eschelman, K. , Barker, S. , Amen, A. , Brackley, G. , Spaeth, K.

Subject: Rangeland health, Water, Soil, Invasive

Abstract: Qualitative assessments of rangeland health provide land managers and technical assistance specialists with a good communication tool for use with the public. Many of these tools have been used successfully for this purpose over the past 100 years. This technique, in association with quantitative monitoring and inventory information, can be used to provide early warnings of resource problems on upland rangelands. Rangelands are defined as ?land on which the indigenous vegetation (climax or natural potential) is predominantly grasses, grass-like plants, forbs, or shrubs and is managed as a natural ecosystem. If plants are introduced, they are managed similarly. Rangelands include natural grasslands, savannas, shrublands, many deserts, tundra, alpine communities, marshes, and wet meadows? (Society for Range Management 1999). Included in this definition are oak and pinyon-juniper woodlands.

Date: 2000

Type: Technical Reference

Source: USGS USDA Technical Reference

Identifier: 1734-6, 111p.

Publisher: United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Science and Technology Center, Information and Communications Group

Format: PDF

Language: English