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CitationKlemmedson, J. O., Pieper, R. D., Dwyer, D. D., Mueggler, W. F., & Trlica, M. J. (1978). Research needs on western rangelands. Journal of Range Management, 31(1), 4-8.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractA brief history of rangelands leading to the current status of range research in the western United States is reviewed. Five categories of new or unresolved problems needing research are identified. Ranked by priority, the five are: (1) dynamics of individual plants and plant communities; (2) identification, classification, and inventory of range ecosystems; (3) improvement of rangelands for increased productivity and stability; (4) short- and long-term grazing impacts; and (5) influence of economic, social, and political constraints on management of range resources. Recommendations are made for some redirection of current research and for organizing, administering, and coordinating research activities.