Rangelands

Rangelands act as nature’s factories.

Sunlight is converted into vegetation that produces oxygen and sequesters carbon. The land, when covered with diverse vegetation, also serves as a sponge, slowing rain as it hits the land, funneling it into aquifers below or filtering it as it runs into streams, rivers and lakes and eventually into saltwater estuaries.

Rangelands also provide wildlife habitat and the viewsheds that lift the human spirit.

Latest articles

Read more about rangelands and land management practices:

Conserving the Legacy by Wyman Meizner

“The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism.   Only those who know the most about it can appreciate how little we […]

BLM to Finalize Rule Allowing Federal Leases Targeted at Protection of Natural Area

This rule is widely seen as anti-cattle and hunting.  

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox Vows to Sue Over New BLM Landscape Rule

“According to Utah Governor Cox , BLM’s proposed Public Lands Rule could effectively lock outtraditional activities such as livestock grazing, certain recreational uses and commercial hunt guiding.   This would be very bad for wildlife […]

Wyman Meinzer’s West Texas

A beautiful portrayal of a unique part of our country.    NOTE: this post was originally published on February 17, 2017, and then again on August 5, 2021. A WALTZ ACROSS WEST TEXASWyman Meinzer, […]

Buffalo Facts

Surprising Facts About Buffalo | The American Buffalo | A Film by Ken Burns | PBS   

Failure to Recover

“As discussed below, 50-years into the Endangered Species Act, 3% of listed species have recovered – and that probably overstates the actual ‘successes’.  

How Bison Are Saving America’s Lost Prairie

Bison on Oklahoma’s tall grass prairie.   NOTE: this post was originally publihsed to this site on September 13, 2021

Valerius Geist: When Do Wolves Become Dangerous to Humans?

“Valerius Geist was the world’s foremost deer authority. Born in Ukraine, Geist was  heir to millennia of Central European cultural memory of wolves. He was neither anti-wolf, nor in denial regarding the threat wolves can […]

Chihuahuan Grasslands

As discussed below, Chihuahuan Desert birds can be helped by planned grazing.  

Land Stewardship on Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands of Mexico

     Para más información, contáctenos: pastizales@birdconservancy.org   Bird Conservancy of the Rockies collaborates with private landowners across western North America, from the Northern Great Plains to the desert grasslands of Chihuahua, Mexico. We […]

Desert Aerators in Mexico

Where brush has grown into small trees, crushing the growth is a plausible alternative to poison.

Steve Nelle on Brush: It’s for the Birds

Former NRCS biologist and range practitioner  Steve Nelle’s vocation was wildlife and habitat management. His avocation was education of the public and landowners on those and related subjects. Here is his latest piece on brush […]

How Bison Are Saving America’s Lost Prairie

Quoting the makers of this very interesting video, “The Nature Conservancy reintroduced 300 bison to this prairie in 1993, and the herd has grown to more than 2,000 animals today. They graze on the majority […]

A Plant That’s Everywhere is Fueling a Growing Risk of Wildfire Disaster

As reported in this article below, the invasive plant warriors have a new enemy. Their latest villain is grass, which CNN says is an invasive, dangerous plant.    The true problem is too few animals […]

New Wolf Management | Montana PBS Reports: IMPACT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is working on a new conservation and management plan for the state’s Grey Wolf population. Montana PBS talks with agencies to learn more about the changes and ranchers who are […]

Brush Chaining to Improve Elk Habitat

Quoting the makers of this video, “We head to Eastern Kentucky to observe a new habitat management technique called “Brush Chaining” to help rid the land of the invasive Autumn Olive. In turn, this will […]

How Holistic Planned Grazing Works in 60 Seconds

How does holistic planned grazing heal the soil? We explain it in this short introductory video.   For more visit: http://savory.global Note: this post was originally posted to this site on August 2, 2021

USDA Wildlife Services–Black Vulture, Wolf Predation

“Wildlife Services” is the helpful-sounding name taken by the federal agency which has been conducting the misguided, wasteful, and counter-productive war on predators for over 120-years. The war started with bounties, but now relies on […]

Black Vultures Are Good for the Environment

Bird park aviculturist, Kat,  joins us to tell us about one of the most “misunderstood” birds in the animal kingdom, the Black Vulture.   

Functional Traits – Not Nativenes – Shape the Effects Of Large Mammalian Herbivores on Plant Communities

For decades the assumption shared by conservation dogma and Invasive Species “Biology” has been that non-native animals – by definition – harm native habitat and plants. This belief is often used to justify the ongoing […]

Fuel, Fire, and Wild Horses

Wildfire continues to devastate the American West at increasing rates.   As this video is posted, wildfires are burning across more than 768,000-acres of land in twelve Western states, and 500,000-acres in Canada. Ten fires […]

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