The Cultural Heritage of Family Ranches

Kirner, Kimberly D.
Society for Range Management
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On the Ground• Historic family ranching is a uniquely Americancultural heritage that should be considered acultural resource when managing rangeland.• Public land agencies need to consider the effects ofland management decisions on the cultural continuityof historic ranching families and communities.• Ranching communities maintain and transmit culturalheritage, including folk stories and localecological knowledge, through their interactionswith historic working landscapes.• Experiential learning forges emotional ties to the landand community necessary for cultural continuity.• Local ecological knowledge is useful for adaptivecomanagement, monitoring, and conservation.• Continuity of local ecological knowledge is asignificant factor in the resilience of ranching culture,rural pastoral economies, and working landscapes.Keywords: public land management, cultural heritage,local ecological knowledge, comanagement, culturalcontinuity, resilience, cultural resource.
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Journal Issue/Article
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