Rangeland Ecology and Management

Rangeland Ecology and Management

Rangeland Ecology and Management

Rangeland Ecology and Management


Over the last two decades the science of range management, like many other resource disciplines, has embraced and integrated environmental concerns in the field, the laboratory, and policy. Rangeland Ecology and Management now brings this integrated approach to the classroom in a thoroughly researched, comprehensive, and readable text. The authors discuss the basics of rangeland management- including grazing and practical management of animals and vegetation- and place those basics within the context of decision making for damaged land, riparian and water conservation, multiple use, and modeling. Concepts such as succession, stability, and range condition are examined and their effects discussed. Fire is considered as an environmental factor. Appendixes provide scientific and common names of range plants and animals. These and many other issues crucial to the understanding of successful range management combine to make the finest text for upper-level undergraduates now available.


Rangeland Ecology and Management focuses on the ecology of rangeland grazing, practical management of animals, and vegetational manipulation. Part Four brings these together in the context of decision making for damaged land, riparian and water conservation, multiple-use, and modeling.

The reader will find scattered paragraphs taken from Rangeland Management, published in 1975, but this writing is more than a revision of that book. In 18 years, rangeland resource ecology has seen new principles in defoliation effects, added fire to its understanding, and again engaged in theoretical examination of succession, stability, and range condition. Animal numbers and their distribution continue to be cardinal principles of management. Grazing management of wild and domestic species, separately or together, gains in attention. Seasonal livestock management has bypassed rest-rotation toward short-duration systems and may finally come to rest on flexible schedules that meet the requirements of each location and manager.

Rangeland management has responded to the environmental movement with less application of machines, herbicides, fertilizers, and seeding of exotics. More prescribed burning, biocontrol measures, plant breeding, seeding of native species, and knowledgeable worldwide rangeland management have occurred. The present rangeland programs on the reclamation of damaged land, riparian healing, reducing water and air pollution, gaining user acceptance of multiple-use, and modeling were only in distant sight in 1975. The result is an increase in chapters, from 21 in 1975, to 31. Rangeland resource management may not be a third greater since 1975, but in our opinion everything in the field has changed in that time. We have attempted to review those changes, including a moderate view of controversy, for the benefit of all those interested in the rangeland resources.

Many new names of plants and animals have appeared since 1975. These are cited as the various authors used them; therefore, the reader is referred to Appendix One and Two where common names indicate changes in scientific names.

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