Ecological effects of ranching: A six-point critique

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Ranching is the dominant land use in much of the American West. Although a copious literature has examined the effects of various grazing practices on native ecosystems, we present here the idea that ranching has important impacts on the land independent of those caused by grazing itself. If biological conservation is to be successful on the western grasslands and shrublands, ranchers must be central to any plan. Focusing on the Great Plains of the United States, and on Wyoming in particular, we raise six points of concern that must be addressed before we can hope to restore or maintain native ecosystems on the range.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Ecological effects of ranching: A six-point critique
Series title BioScience
DOI 10.1641/0006-3568(2003)053[0759:EEORAS]2.0.CO;2
Volume 53
Issue 8
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher Oxford Journals
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 7 p.
First page 759
Last page 765
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