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it. Therefore, ecological damage is continually levied on it. Man, with a burgeoning population
and an exorbitant appetite for consumable products, is necessarily charged with the task of
modifying his behavior to protect and preserve the ecosystems of the earth.
Traditional grazing methods have been based on a paradigm that is static, assumes
equilibrium conditions, and does not consider scaling issues, neither in time nor in space.
Operant conditioning of foraging behavior, conditioned aversions, plant spatial pattern, pasture
size and shape, timing and duration of grazing periods, and number of animals are precision tools
to manage grazing systems (Laca, 2009). Grazing management with careful manipulation of
these principles may soften ecological impacts caused by livestock.
Still, grazing certainly should not be practiced everywhere, as there are conflicts between
predators and domestic species, and problems with land prone to erosion and land fragmentation.
As discussed earlier, holistic resource management of grazingland practiced with ecological
function in mind can increase species biodiversity and environmental preservation. The land and
the flora can help filter nutrients and sediment from run-off water, aid in the peculation of water
to the aquifers, and provide habitat for a vast assortment of wild fauna. Properly managed
rangeland can provide these worthwhile functions while it continues to provide a productive
forage source for livestock which provides food for a growing global population.
Certainly, one can see civilization's maturity as being contingent on meeting the needs of
earth's population while preserving its systems. The focus on agriculture coexisting with nature
puts man as steward of the land. This makes us "plain members or fellow citizens of the
community of life, permitting us to do our increasingly sophisticated thing as a species, while
respecting the opportunity of all other species to do theirs" (Nash, 2001).
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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/m1/61/: accessed March 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .