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such as energy capture and flow (Committee on Rangeland Classification, 1994). Thus,
soil and water indicators provide valuable information on rangeland sustainability status
and associated human communities.
2. Conservation and maintenance of plant and animal resources on range-lands:
Assessment and monitoring methods and protocols are needed to describe structure and
functional dynamics of plant and animal communities on U.S. range-lands.
3. Maintenance of productive capacity on rangelands: Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable
participants defined productive capacity to include forage-based products, such as
livestock, as well as non-forage goods, such as wildlife habitat, open space, medicinal
plants, and wood products. It is important to look at maintenance of rangeland
productivity over time and within local and eco-region scales.
4. Maintenance and enhancement of multiple economic and social benefits to current and
future generations: Social systems are the least studied component of rangeland science
and management (Vavra, 1995), and few range-specific measures of social and economic
attributes exist (Tanaka et al., 2002). Bartlet et al. (2003) explains that socioeconomic
indicators illustrate how changes in ecological, legal, and political systems are manifested
in economic systems. They say, "Three groupings of indicators offer a more complete
view of rangelands and rangeland use within the larger social and economic context:
'National Economic Benefits' indicators define the types of products derived from
rangelands; 'Community Well-Being and Capacity' indicators measure community health
and welfare in range-land-dominated areas; and, "Community Level Explanatory
5. Legal, institutional, and economic frameworks for rangeland conservation and
management: Issues of equity, economic efficacy, cultural traditions, legal rights and
obligations, and advancing management theories and skills greatly influence long term
rangeland sustainability. These issues are influenced by U.S. laws, regulations,
guidelines, and policy framework. Local-level data is important for regional and national
assessments, and require collection and integration of county, state or regional, and
Summary of Literature Review
Since we all depend directly on the landscape for our very existence (food, clothes, water,
etc.), we benefit greatly from gaining a complete understanding of how the landscape functions
(Sullivan, 2001). We are continuously modifying our environment because of dependence upon
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