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.
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