Promoting rangeland restoration and climate resilience through case studies

Authors:
Tipton Hudson

Publication Date:
2019

Abstract/Summary:
Rangelands occupy over a third of the ice-free land on Earth. Domestic livestock operations are a primary user of this grazing resource and will have to adapt to climate change effects on rangelands. Management directed toward current rangeland stresses that may be amplified under a changing climate—including fire risk, invasive plants, and variable forage production—is beneficial under every future scenario. And although climate change discussions have become highly politicized, our experience suggests that U.S. ranchers support management strategies and practices that provide ecological and economic benefits in addition to benefits relating to climate change. Our goal is to foster adoption of these “no-regrets strategies” by sharing individual success stories of rangeland restoration and sustainable management. Successful ranchers are already experienced at considering economic, ecological, and social risks in decision-making. They can identify and implement practices that increase resilience to climate change and support wildland restoration while balancing the other risks they face. Forward-thinking ranchers can provide insights into their resilience management practices, enabling others to join them. Farmer-to-farmer communication is known to be more successful than “expert” outreach. Our multi-media case studies are designed to encourage other ranchers to make management changes toward promoting rangeland restoration, resilience, and economic sustainability. Each case study consists of a short documentary film highlighting an innovative rancher and a peer-reviewed written factsheet with descriptions of the rancher’s ecological context, innovative practices, and a discussion of challenges and benefits of adopting restorative practices. These innovations apply worldwide in regions with semi-arid plant communities.

Resource Type:
Audio/Video, Conference Presentation, SER2019

Pre-approved for CECs under SER's CERP program

Source:
Society for Ecological Restoration