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1)     Climate, Drought, and Fire: Understanding how changes in climate patterns, both regionally and globally, cause and drive episodes of drought, which, if sustained over time, can increase the frequency and intensity of catastrophic wildfires.

2)     Economics Associated with Rangelands:  Issues impacting the economic vitality of rangelands, including ranching, resource extraction, ecotourism, parks and recreation, and wildlife enterprises.

3)     Planning and Collaboration: The most successful rangeland management planning occurs through collaboration among all the land owners, users, and managers during the planning process for conservation issues, easements, estate planning, integrated natural resource management and other rangeland uses and management issues.

4)     Rangeland Communities:  Includes social and cultural aspects along with public perceptions of rangelands and open space.

5)     Rangelands in the World: Rangelands affect everyone!  They cover about 40% of the landmass of the United States and a significant portion of the grazing area of Western Canada and Mexico providing valuable grazing lands for livestock and wildlife.   Rangelands throughout the world serve as a source of high quality water, clean air, open spaces, and benefit people as a setting for recreation and an economic means for agriculture, mining, and communities.  Rangelands include grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, savannahs, tundra, most deserts, and riparian and wetland plant communities including marshes and wet meadows.

6)     Rangeland Vegetation: Rangelands are vegetated with a variety of both native and introduced plants that dynamically interact to influence the rangeland ecosystem.  These landscapes provide society a suite of benefits not available on crop or forested lands.

7)     Soils and Water: Soil is the naturally occurring, thin, unconsolidated layer of mineral and organic (dead and live) material on the Earth’s surface capable of providing water and nutrients to plants.   Soil properties depend on a site’s topographic position, the original parent material, the influence of plants and other organisms, climate, and time.  Water is continually cycled between the Earth’s surface and our atmosphere and its usefulness depends upon its quality, availability, and other factors.

8)     Uses of Range and Pasturelands: Information relating to the uses of range and pasturelands, including livestock grazing, recreation, wildlife habitat and energy, minerals, and other consumable products.

9)     Vegetation Management and Restoration:  Vegetation management and restoration involves making explicit decisions and implementing specific actions to improve and/or restore plant communities across the landscape using a suite of available techniques and tools. 

10)     Vegetation Monitoring:  The monitoring of vegetation and other natural resources to detect changes (desired and undesired) across time has become an important part of range management, on both private and public lands.  The changes detected from rangeland monitoring provide information upon which to evaluate management practices in relation to natural influences such as weather.

11)     Wildlife and Livestock on Rangelands: Rangelands are home to both domestic (i.e. cattle sheep, goats, horses, etc.) and wild (predator and prey) animals. These animals interact with one-another and the plant, soil and, water resources found on rangeland landscapes, and influence the quantity and quality of these resources on the landscape.