Welcome to the Rangelands archives. The archives provide public access, in a "rolling window" agreement with the Society for Range Management, to Rangelands (1979-present) from v.1 up to three years from the present year.

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ISSN: 0190-0528


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Recent Submissions

  • A Review of Three Select Rangeland and Pastureland Quantitative Inventory Methods and Determining Estimated Stocking Rates

    May, Joseph A. (Society for Range Management, 2015-12-01)
    On the Ground • In this article, I provide general guidance for conducting select methods for quantifying principally herbaceous standing crop on rangelands and pasturelands, but also quantifying current year’s shrub growth on rangelands. • I discuss estimating by weight units, double-sampling,and harvesting methods. • I also discuss the 1/100th-acre extended plot for determining current year’s growth of medium to large shrubs on rangelands and determining the estimation of stocking rates for rangeland and pastureland. • This article demonstrates how to determine the estimation of stocking rates for rangeland and pastureland. • The conservation application of my article is to provide field personnel with sound quantitative methods for determining approximate standing crop of forage plants, in pounds per acre, for the express purpose of determining a current and defensible grazing capacity of a farm, ranch, or unit of public land.
  • The Northern Great Basin: A Region of Continual Change

    Svejcar, Tony (Society for Range Management, 2015-12-01)
    On the Ground • The Great Basin of the United States has experienced large climatic fluctuations over the past 10,000 years. Lake Bonneville (the remnant of which is the Great Salt Lake) at one time covered almost 20,000 square miles, which is about the size of Lake Michigan. The fact that the region is internally drained amplifies the effects of climatic shifts on the Great Basin environment. • Euro-American exploration also had dramatic effects on the Great Basin environment. Some of the early exploration involved intentional destruction of resources (decimating beaver populations) to make the region less appealing to potential competitors. The removal of beaver would have affected riparian areas of the Great Basin as early as the 1820s. • The American settlement period was also fairly destructive. The various Homestead Acts were not designed with the Great Basin in mind and the mix of homesteaded (private) and un-homesteaded (public) land created a chaotic setting where the first person to arrive used the forage. This situation persisted until the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934. • There are clearly reasons for concern over the expansion of annual grasses and extensive wildfires. However, recent planning efforts associated with improving habitat for greater sage-grouse provide examples where science and management have been integrated, and there is a much needed focus on evaluating the success of management practices. The outcome of these efforts should be increased accountability for those involved in rangeland management in the northern Great Basin.
  • Seasonal Weather-Related Decision Making for Cattle Production in the Northern Great Plains

    Reeves, Justin L.; Derner, Justin D.; Sanderson, Matt A.; Kronberg, Scott L.; Hendrickson, John R.; Vermeire, Lance T.; Petersen, Mark K.; Irisarri, J. Gonzalo (Society for Range Management, 2015-12-01)
    On the Ground • Ranching is a challenging and sometimes risky business, with cattle production (and associated enterprise income) largely being dependent on seasonal weather patterns and corresponding forage production. To help reduce this risk, the USDA • Agricultural Research Service performed a multistate study of seasonal weather effects on cattle production across the Northern Great Plains (Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana). • Cool, wet springs and longer, cooler growing seasons increased cattle production across the Northern Great Plains. Knowledge of these seasonal weather influences on cattle production is important for management decision making, but practical application of this knowledge remains problematic. • Increased enterprise flexibility to deal with variable forage production can be achieved by using seasonal weather forecasts, as well as reducing base cow-calf herd numbers to less than 100% of typical ranch carrying capacity. Yearlings or seasonal contract grazing can then be used to increase grazing to use additional forage in good years. • Recently launched USDA Regional Climate Hubs will deliver science-based knowledge, practical information, management and conservation strategies, and decision tools to ranchers that will help them adapt to weather variability and changing climatic conditions.
  • National Assessment and Critiques of State-and-Transition Models: The Baby with the Bathwater

    Bestelmeyer, Brandon T. (Society for Range Management, 2015-12-01)
    On the Ground • Ecological site descriptions and state-and-transition models are national-level tools for organizing and delivering information about landscape dynamics and management. • Recent papers criticized state-and-transition models because they overemphasize grazing, are inconsistentlypresented, and do not address climate change. • I argue that the analysis of Twidwell et al. does not support an overemphasis on grazing, that inconsistent presentation is a necessary consequence of early model development efforts and immature science concepts, and that climate change effects should not be addressed in site-level models without evidence. • Improving these important tools requires fair critique, but also the strong commitment of scientists and funders.
  • Listening to the Land: On Holding the World Together

    Box, Thad (Society for Range Management, 2015-12-01)
  • Browsing the Literature

    Mosley, Jeff (Society for Range Management, 2015-12-01)
  • Highlights

    Society for Range Management, 2015-12-01
  • Comparing Three Common Seeding Techniques for Pipeline Vegetation Restoration: A Case Study in South Texas

    Pawelek, Keith A.; Smith, Forrest S.; Falk, Anthony D.; Clayton, Megan K.; Haby, Kason W.; Rankin, Dale W. (Society for Range Management, 2015-12-01)
    On the Ground • With energy production expanding in the United States, rangelands are increasingly being affected. •We studied three different reseeding techniques for pipeline rights of way restoration on rangelands impacted by energy development in the Eagle Ford Shale play of south Texas. •Techniques studied were 1) broadcast seeding,2) no-till drill seeding, and 3) hydroseeding. •Using ecotypic native seed mixes, we found that all seeding techniques resulted in successful restoration of rights of ways. •We are working to inform landowners, oil and gas operators, and rangeland professionals of our findings.