Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 5
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information and the achievement of desired management goals by integrating knowledge from
diverse disciplines. They evaluate management consequences within a research-based theoretical
framework of ecological processes and how they affect ecological, economic, and social factors
important to management" (Teague et al,. 2008). This analogy links closely with Sydorovych
and Wossink (2008) and Calker (2005), who identified sustainability for agricultural systems in
terms of economics, internal social, external social and ecological parameters. "As competing
demands contend for increasingly limited rangeland resources, consistent, comparable economic,
social and ecological data is necessary for informed decision-making regarding tradeoffs among
goods and services derived from rangelands" (Maczko et al., 2004). The research reported here
contributes new data that should be useful in this decision-making arena.
The specific objectives of the study were to contribute to the knowledge and
understanding of some of the key grazing management elements essential to sustainable
rangeland management as described by the 2003 SRR Executive Summary (West and Herrick,
1. Contribute to the knowledge base for research by agencies, universities, and
organizations focused on developing methods to address data gaps and research
needs associated with criteria and indicators,
2. Aid in improved accountability for rangelands stakeholders through multi-scale,
coordinated data reporting.
3. Provide a basis for stakeholder dialogue at local, regional, and national scales and
expanded understanding of rangeland sustainability.
4. Gain an understanding of range management philosophy, practices, and personal
characteristics that are indicators of sustainable management at the whole-ranch
Scope of Study
This study sought to understand the relationship between grazing management decisions
and perception regarding long-term rangeland sustainability in whole-ranch enterprises.
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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/m1/16/: accessed January 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .