About the Global Rangelands Knowledge System

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Global Rangelands, Rangelands West, and the state rangelands sites are a collective effort (called The Rangelands Partnership) by 19 western land-grant universities collaborating with international partners. We have a unique interaction among rangeland specialists, IT experts, and librarians... Yes really, librarians and range folks! We've come together with our technology experts to bring you these comprehensive and specialized collections and resources. This is your destination for current research, decision-making tools, and training materials for sustaining the worlds vast rangelands.

What We Do

The Rangelands West and Global Rangelands portals and database provide public and private land managers, researchers, Extension professionals, educators, and the public in the U.S. and worldwide with the information and tools they need for sustainable management of rangelands, informed decision-making, professional enhancement, and educational activities.

Our Vision

The Rangelands Partnership is a worldwide, multidisciplinary collaboration that provides resources needed to inform public debate and decision-making regarding today's grand challenges of food security, climate adaptation, public health, environmental impacts, and economic development as they relate to rangelands around the world.

What You Will Find

In these websites you can search for and find links to more than 24,000 journal articles, websites, images, databases, videos, maps, reports, and decision making/educational tools. These resources are useful for research, teaching, and practical applications for management of rangelands.
The Rangelands West site focuses on information pertinent to North American rangelands. Global Rangelands includes all of the documents and resources found in Rangelands West plus resources from around the globe.

Our Partners

  • Colorado State University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Montana State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Sonora, Mexico
  • University of Wyoming
  • Utah State University
  • Washington State University

Our Sponsors and Grants Received

This initiative would not have be possible without the support and cooperation of the following organizations:

  • Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC)
  • Rangelands Australia
  • Australian Rangelands Society/CSIRO
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Forest and Range.org
  • Range Science Information System (RSIS)
  • Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Program
  • Society for Range Management
  • University Libraries, University of Arizona
  • University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension
  • USDA/NIFA – International Science and Education Program
  • Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (WERA)
  • Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Grants received include:

  • General Services Administration grant (1995)
  • USDA Telecommunications grant (1996)
  • Cooperative Agreement with Society for Range Management (2004)
  • Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant (2005)
  • Multistate Research Project under the Western Extension and Research Administrative Committee (WERA 1008) (2005 and reconfirmed in 2011)
  • eXtension Rangelands Stewardship Community of Practice grant (2008)
  • USDA International Science and Education (ISE) grant (2010)
  • USDA Higher Education Challenge (HEC) grant (2010)
  • RREA NFF: DIscovering Our Nations Rangelands (2012)
  • RREA National Focus Fund: Review and Update the RREA 5-Year Strategic Plan (2016)
  • WSARE PDP: Brush Management: Collaborative Training for SW Grassland Restoriation (2017)
  • Western Extension Risk Management Education: The Art of Range Podcasts (2017)
  • RREA: Strengthenng RREA Programming through Enhanced Connections (Webinars) (2018)
  • NRCS CIG: A National Grazingland Information System (2018)
  • USAIN Research Fellows Pilot Program: Geotagging Project (2018)
  • AZ Cooperative Extension: A New Look at the Role of NEPA on Public Land Grazing Issues: Multimedia Approach (2018)

The Technology

  • Data is managed using Drupal 7.x content management system, backed by MySQL 5.7 database
  • Articles can be stored directly into the repository (file upload) or linked via URL
  • Partner repositories are imported or harvested via CSV, RSS, and OAI-PMH
  • Search capabilities are powered by Apache Solr/Lucene that provides faceted browsing capabilities
  • Drupal Organic Groups is used to separate and establish editing roles amongst the different partners’ repositories
  • Future development efforts will allow for importing and exporting via RDF and OAI-PMH
Development and Design: University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Communications and Cyber Technologies (CCT) department; with assistance from Valeria Pesce (FAO/GFAR)


Information provided on the Global Rangelands and Rangelands West portals are obtained from many sources and web pages located around the world. These links are selected to support the information needs of rangelands users and not intended as official endorsements. While every reasonable effort is made to keep this information accurate and up-to-date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of all of the posted data, particularly the data provided by external sources.

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