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ISSN: 0190-0528


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Recent Submissions

  • Letter to the Editor

    Marshall, Fred (Society for Range Management, 2012-10-01)
  • Population Decline of White Locoweed

    Graham, David; Ralphs, Michael H. (Society for Range Management, 2012-10-01)
    Many Astragalus and Oxytropis species are endemic (growing on specific soils and geographical areas), but white locoweed (Oxytropis sericea) is the most widespread locoweed in the western United States, growing on short-grass prairies and eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains from Montana to New Mexico. Its preferred habitat is rocky soils, where its long taproot can access deep percolated water allowing it to survive drought, temperature, and wind stress.
  • From the Range to the Forest to the City: A Case Study Collecting Experts’ Perspectives on the Status of Landscape Connectivity in the Pikes Peak Region

    Heitner, Max J. (Society for Range Management, 2012-10-01)
    In order to examine the subject of landscape connectivity, I chose to focus on a specific region where I could seek out local experts to discern their opinions on the matter. My primary objective was to consolide multiple qualified assessments in one place, where they could be analyzed for areas of agreement and disparity. The Pikes Peak Region was an ideal location for this case study because of the combination of its significant human development and the abundance and variety of wildlife. Landscape connectivity is a management consideration for how to best balance wildlife viability with continued human activity.
  • Home on the Range: Establishment of a Canada Thistle Biocontrol Agent

    Prischmann-Voldseth, Deirdre A.; Gramig, Greta; Burns, Erin E. (Society for Range Management, 2012-10-01)
    Invasive weeds are one of the worst scourges within rangelands, and it is often difficult to control them using conventional approaches such as herbicides or mowing. But all is not lost—insect allies can help us combat these noxious plants! We are talking about insect biocontrol agents, or plant-eating bugs that feed on weeds. However, there are hurdles these insects must overcome to successfully control weed populations; the first is establishing a viable population after being released. In this article we focus on one such ecological drama, which is the biocontrol of Canada thistle in North Dakota with a stem-mining weevil. 
  • Time Series Aerial Photography Can Help Land Owners and Managers Understand Local Aspen Dynamics

    Strand, Eva K.; O'Sullivan, M. Tess; Bunting, Stephen C. (Society for Range Management, 2012-10-01)
    Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) habitats contribute to species diversity, provide forage and shade for wildlife and livestock, and are highly valued by humans for their productivity and beauty. Aspen decline has been observed in the western United States over the past 50 years and has been mainly attributed to a decrease in fire frequency, caused by effective fire suppression. Changing fire regimes have allowed conifer species to expand into aspen stands. Another phenomenon, commonly referred to as “Sudden Aspen Decline” (SAD), has been observed within the past decade in the western mountains and in the Canadian aspen parklands. Mature aspen stems begin to die at rates beyond what is expected, which if aspen regeneration is limited, can eventually lead to the loss of the aspen roots and stands. Excessive browsing by livestock and wildlife can also inhibit aspen regeneration. 
  • Management of Growing-Season Grazing in the Sagebrush Steppe: A Science Review of Management Tools Appropriate for Managing Early-Growing-Season Grazing

    Burkhardt, J. W.; Sanders, K. (Society for Range Management, 2012-10-01)
    Proper livestock-grazing management and the maintenance of native shrub–bunchgrass vegetation are critical concerns throughout the Intermountain West. Lower-elevation sagebrush–steppe communities have long been used as early-spring grazing areas and are an important forage source for livestock and wildlife (Fig. 1). Protein-rich, spring forage is critically important in the reproductive cycle of all herbivores. The very short, spring growing season is also critical to maintaining healthy perennial forage plants and should be the focus of grazing management when spring grazing occurs. However, techniques commonly used by agency personnel to determine appropriate stocking rates, such as measures of use or ocular use estimates, are not appropriate or adequate methods to manage growing-season grazing. Because plant growth during the spring growing season is a constantly changing variable, these techniques do not adequately assess the effects of spring grazing. Therefore, management of spring grazing should be based on the phenology cycle of key bunchgrasses in the sagebrush plant community. 
  • Listening to the Land: Charter of Forests Revisited

    Box, Thad (Society for Range Management, 2012-10-01)
  • Browsing the Literature

    Mosley, Jeff (Society for Range Management, 2012-10-01)
    This section reviews new publications available about the art and science of rangeland management. Personal copies of these publications can be obtained by contacting the respective publishers or senior authors (addresses shown in parentheses). Suggestions are welcomed and encouraged for items to include in future issues of Browsing the Literature. Contact Jeff Mosley, jmosley@montana.edu.
  • Highlights

    Society for Range Management, 2012-10-01
  • A Perspective on Livestock–Wolf Interactions on Western Rangelands

    Breck, Stewart; Clark, Patrick; Howery, Larry; Johnson, Douglas; Kluever, Bryan; Smallidge, Samuel; Cibils, Andres (Society for Range Management, 2012-10-01)
    The reintroduction of wolves into their historical ranges in the North American Rocky Mountains and areas of the southwestern United States is possibly one of the most ambitious ecosystem restoration efforts of the recent past. This initiative has been controversial and has stimulated considerable debate among concerned stakeholders about the feasibility of harmonizing multiple land-use demands when preservation of a large predator becomes a central management goal. In many areas, ranching has taken center stage of this debate as ranchers and land managers seek to develop sustainable ways to manage livestock on landscapes with wolves.