• Innovative Partnership Formed to Restore the West Potrillos

      Lister, Ray; Smith, Phil; Torrez, Steven; Baker, Stephen (Society for Range Management, 2012-08-01)
      In December 2010, a diverse group of partners that included sportsmen, ranchers, biologists, conservationists, and land managers met on the barren foothills of the West Potrillo Mountains southwest of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to celebrate the beginning of a large-scale land restoration project that was years in the making. Like many landscapes in southern New Mexico, the West Potrillos were once healthy grasslands but had suffered terribly from the encroachment of brush species such as creosotebush and mesquite. This collaborative partnership effort to improve the health of the West Potrillos highlights the success possible when partners, even those with significantly different ideas and objectives, work together to find common ground and develop strategies to realize a shared vision. 
    • Listening to the Land: Community, Science, Ethics, and Professional Land Stewards

      Box, Thad (Society for Range Management, 2012-08-01)
      Debate rages about the role of government. Some things are best done by individuals. Other essential actions, beneficial to the community, can best be done by people acting together. Land use involves complex interactions between private owners seeking rewards from their property and public agencies charged with maintaining the health and viability of our social and economic systems. The history of rangeland management helps us understand the role of private individuals and the public acting through government. It also suggests a need for strong professional evaluation of facts, data, and actions. 
    • Research to Practical Use: On-the-Ground Successes

      Clements, Charlie D.; Young, James A.; Harmon, Daniel N.; Weltz, Mark (Society for Range Management, 2012-08-01)
      The US Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit services a large area that runs from south-central Nevada to the Oregon border and from northeastern California to the Utah border. This vast array of landscapes has a variety of stakeholders who request assistance in addressing range, wildlife, and sustainable agriculture issues. At the 64th Annual Society for Range Management Meetings held in Billings, Montana, in February 2011 we were invited to present at a special symposium “Agency Accomplishments—Making a Difference on the Ground.” Here we present three case studies of our efforts to 1) research the problem at hand, 2) deliver practical on-the-ground practices to minimize or eliminate the problem, and 3) improve sustainable agricultural practices. 
    • Special Issue Acknowledgments

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    • Texas GLCI: Growing Partnerships on Texas Grazing Lands

      Goodwin, 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. 
    • The Interagency Creeks and Communities Strategy: Creating Healthy Streams and Wetlands by Bringing People Together

      Van Riper, Laura (Society for Range Management, 2012-08-01)
      Riparian-wetland areas in the western United States provide a variety of ecological, economic, and social benefits, even though they comprise a relatively small percentage of the total land base. Today, successful management of these areas depends on bringing diverse groups of people together and building the capacity needed to confront and manage complex and contentious issues. The federal-level, interagency Creeks and Communities (CC) Strategy is designed to integrate the biophysical and social dimensions of riparian-wetland management to achieve results that benefit both creeks and the communities that depend on them. The strategy is a partnership of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Forest Service (FS), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to build understanding, ownership, and commitment in those individuals who must ultimately implement management decisions by incorporating scientific and technical information into collaborative decision-making processes. Many other agencies, nongovernmental organizations, committed public employees, and private citizens participate in, support, and contribute to the strategy.