Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 4
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increasing use of non-renewable resources. The application of appropriate grazing management
systems has been widely found to be critical for the continued ecological health and agricultural
sustainability of rangelands around the world (Klipple & Costello, 1960; Holechek, 1994; Ward,
The theoretic premise put forward by this study is a direct response to the issues
described in the background. The specific premise is that a method which investigates each
aspect of rangeland sustainability separately (economic, land health, and social) is necessary.
Doing so will be useful when land owners and agency personnel are assessing different
perspectives known to be factors affecting the ability of mankind to utilize this natural resource
sustainably; benefitting from its goods and services today, while preserving these goods and
services so that future generations can benefit also. Additionally, when investigating aspects of
rangeland sustainability, a study must be conducted on the whole-ranch level; whereas, small
scale studies have proven to further divide the opinions within the scientific community.
The difficult task of assessing rangeland sustainability can be addressed by questioning
ranch managers about their economic situation, rangeland physical properties, social satisfaction,
management philosophy, grazing practices and personal characteristics. The economic
information, rangeland physical properties, and social satisfaction could be the basis for
indicators of sustainability. The questions concerning philosophy, grazing management and
personal characteristics could be used to assess impact on sustainability.
Range professionals have assigned various degrees of importance to different processes
in nature (Naeem, 2002). "Applied management sciences bridge the gap between ecological
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Becker, Wayne. Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103289/m1/15/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .