Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 11
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Select literature that is sited helps the reader gain an understanding of range management in
the U.S. It will investigate issues and impacts associated with private land management that are
necessary to fully understand the concepts related to ongoing debate concerning preferable
grazing strategies. Finally, it will review concepts that go beyond the debate, reviewing
literature that is trying to put the pieces of land management concepts together: ecological,
social, and economic.
Rangeland Ecological Function
Rangeland "health" is a term that is used by range managers to assess the environmental
integrity of the land. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) (2000) states there are
three main attributes of rangeland that collectively define rangeland health. They are closely
related, yet separate. These are biological and physical attributes which are often used as
indicators of functional status of ecological processes and site integrity:
* Integrity of the biotic community- The capacity of the site to support
characteristic functional and structural communities in the context of normal
variability; to resist loss of this function and structure due to disturbance; and to
recover following disturbance.
* Soil/site stability- The capacity of the site to limit redistribution and loss of soil
resources (including nutrients and organic matter) by wind and water.
* Hydrologic function - The capacity of the site to capture, store, and safely release
water from rainfall, run-on, and snow melt, to resist a reduction in this capacity,
and to recover this capacity following degradation.
The attributes are susceptible to changes caused by disturbance in climate and
precipitation patterns, or disturbance caused associated with land use.
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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/m1/22/: accessed March 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .