What exactly ARE rangelands?
Rangelands are vast, natural grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, wetlands, and deserts that support grazing and browsing mammals — domestic and/or wild. Rangelands are distinguished from pastures because they are primarily natural ecosystems with native vegetation rather than plants established by humans. Rangelands are typically managed principally with extensive practices, such as managed livestock grazing and prescribed fire, rather than more intensive agricultural practices of seeding, irrigation, and the use of fertilizers.
is the study of rangeland organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems, and thus spans many disciplines in ecology, such as soil ecology, physiological ecology, plant-animal interactions, evolutionary ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem management, human ecology, and much more!
is to facilitate communication of all aspects of rangeland ecology and management among applied and basic ecologists, natural resource managers and interested members of the public. Rangeland ecology is often applied ecology, so our Section membership is diverse, including basic and applied ecologists, social scientists, land managers, and policymakers — anyone who benefits from understanding the ecology of these magnificent and valuable landscapes!
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