This book addresses the multitude of contemporary issues facing rangeland management as a profession and ranching as a livelihood. The vision is not just for livestock production but blends environmental concerns with social and cultural values as well. These include new principles in defoliation effects, an increased understanding of fire, and continued theoretical examination of succession, stability, and range condition. Less documented and highly controversial subjects that affect ranching are not overlooked. Included are such concerns as biodiversity, biological crusts, and endangered species. Underlying themes include sustainability and the application of science to management.
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