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MATERIALS AND METHODS
This chapter documents the process by which the research was conducted. First, the
chapter identifies the precise region of which the target population resides. The chapter then
discusses specific study design issues, including the process for development of the
questionnaire, identification of the target population and delivery of the research instrument.
Next the processes of data collection and coding are summarized. Finally, statistical procedures
which were utilized are identified. This chapter describes the process, techniques, significance
testing and in some cases the theory behind sophisticated data search procedures in an effort to
discover patterns and correlations affecting sustainability of grassland ecosystems.
A six-county area in north central Texas was the focus of this study. The six counties
included Clay, Montague, Cooke, Jack, Wise, and Parker Counties. These counties are
characterized as belonging to the West Cross Timbers Subregion (Texas Parks and Wildlife,
2010) (Figure 3-1).
This subregion is a concentrated area of America's rangelands which constitute
approximately 770 million acres of the U.S. land base. Lands of this nature provide commodity,
amenity, and spiritual values that are vital to the well-being of counties, regions, and the Nation
(Maczko, et al., 2004). It is classified as part of the tall grass prairie, which is consistent with
many of the more productive rangeland systems in the United States. The counties in the study
are characterized by climate with moderate rainfall of approximately 30 inches of rainfall per
year (Texas Historical Commission, 2010).
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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/m1/62/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .