Browsing Rangelands, Volume 34, Number 4 (2012) by Authors
Texas GLCI: Growing Partnerships on Texas Grazing LandsGoodwin, Jeff; Moseley, Mark (Society for Range Management, 2012-08-01)The United States comprises more than 634 million acres of nonfederal grazing lands. Under proper management, these private grazing lands contribute to the health and economic sustainability that the nation has relied on for many years. Private grazing land owners understand the need for continued grazing land technical assistance. Providing a mechanism to attain sound, science-based, proven conservation alternatives to address the nation’s grazing land resource concerns is of paramount importance to these land owners. The loss of trained individuals providing technical assistance would be detrimental not only to new grazing land managers but also to established operations that have been using this technical assistance for years to make difficult ranch management decisions. This loss of trained individuals did occur in the past: the loss of USDA– Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) technical resources on grazing lands was a by-product of the 1985 Farm Bill, which diverted many NRCS employees to cropland conservation compliance and other programs. The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) was formed in response to this decline in technical assistance on private grazing lands.