Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 10
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Forty to fifty percent of the terrain in the United States is rangeland. More than half is
privately owned (Buckhouse et al., 1994; Lubowski et al., 2006). A large percentage of
rangelands consist primarily of native plant communities managed, typically for livestock
production, with 587 million acres, 25.9% of the land in the U.S. being implicated as "grazing
land" (Lubowiski et al., 2006).
It is easy to see that private management of such a large portion of land in the U.S. has a
very significant impact on many environmental concerns. Grazing of livestock is extremely
important to the majority of the land management issues concerning rangeland. This literature
review will attempt to explore the issues related to managing livestock on rangeland in the U.S.
To explore this topic thoroughly, one must investigate the ecological and philosophic
literature that contributes to an understanding of livestock management. The major sections of
this review are as follows:
2. Rangeland Ecological Function
3. Grazing Effects on Ecosystem Function
4. Livestock Management Strategies
5. Negative Ecological Impacts of Livestock Management
6. U.S. Policy: Impact on Rangeland
7. Land Ethics
8. Social and Economic Considerations for Private Rangeland
9. Holistic Management Principles
10. Sustainable Range Management
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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/m1/21/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .