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of enhanced environmental conditions like soil stability and watershed health. Improving
environmental conditions increases forage yield in time on most rangelands (Ward, 1999).
Economics is the study of how humans, individually and collectively, use scarce
resources to satisfy their wants and needs (Samuelson, 1964). Thus, sustainability demands
positive economic returns. It is impossible to persuade the masses not to impede on the ability of
tomorrows citizens to thrive, if they themselves cannot thrive. Butterfield et al. (2006) devote
the first section of the book to planning for success. They note there is no simple step by step
process and every situation is different due to numerous variations in climate, management,
goals and economics.
Callicott (1991) points out that some economic activity could enhance ecosystems and
then he quotes Leopold speaking about agriculture: "When land does well for its owner, and the
owner does well by his land; when both end up better by reason of their partnership, we have
conservation". Research, technology and education of land managers all have a role to play to
help swing the pendulum the other way, in the direction of sustainable use.
Diversification means to reduce economic risk by using a greater variety of investments.
This is the same with ranch management. Having a greater number of income bearing
enterprises on a ranch reduces the potential for failure based on weather or markets. Butterfield
et al. (2006) states, "Diversity of enterprises is generally wise as a hedge against changing
conditions in the market place." It then goes on to say biological diversity is important too, if
one wishes to have a sustainable farming or ranching enterprise. As environmental concerns and
the need for open space increases opportunities for increased ranch diversification abound.
Urban residents are hungry for the experiences that rural residents take for granted. Selling the
experience is one way to diversify.
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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/m1/52/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .