Conservation Benefits of Rangeland Practices: Assessment, Recommendations, and Knowledge Gaps

Briske, D.D. (ed.)

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The rangeland literature synthesis provides an unprecedented source of evidence-based information to guide the development and assessment of management practices and conservation programs on the nation’s rangelands. It assesses the effectiveness of seven NRCS- recommended rangeland conservation practices: Prescribed Grazing, Prescribed Fire, Brush Management, Range Planting, Riparian Management Practices, Wildlife Management Practices, and Invasive Plant Management. Also assessed were two cross-cutting issues: A landscape approach to rangeland conservation, and a social and economic assessment of rangeland conservation practices. Conservation programs that promote adaptive management may more effectively balance variable forage production with livestock demand in addition to investment in infrastructure. Effective management will enhance both production of agricultural goods and provisioning of ecosystem services as outlined by CEAP. Greater development and delivery of management tools and guidelines to support adaptive grazing management will likely optimize multiple goods and services provided to society and conservation investment in grazed ecosystems.

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Technical Document

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service