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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SEMIARID RANGELAND ECOSYSTEMS: THE CONSERVATION-PRODUCTION INTERFACE Title: What can the rangeland decision-making survey do for you?

Authors
item Kachergis, Emily
item Derner, Justin
item Magagna, Jim -
item Olsen, Kosha -

Submitted to: Wyoming Livestock Roundup
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: January 17, 2012
Publication Date: January 21, 2012
Citation: Kachergis, E.J., Derner, J.D., Magagna, J., Olsen, K. 2012. What can the rangeland decision-making survey do for you?. Wyoming Livestock Roundup. 127:12-13.

Technical Abstract: Every day, rangeland managers make complicated decisions to balance multiple outcomes. The complex nature of ranch decision-making is not well understood by scientists, policy makers or the general public. To fill this gap, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association has partnered with the Agricultural Research Service and the University of Wyoming Extension on the Rangeland Decision-Making Survey, arriving in the mailboxes of WSGA producer members this week. This survey focuses on how land managers receive and use information, and the set of factors that are most important in the grazing decision-making process. The survey was developed through interviews and focus groups with ranchers in which they shared stories about the ranch and their thoughts about the pressing issues that the survey should include. Results from this survey will allow us to identify and communicate ways that ranchers effectively meet the challenges of a changing world. This information will help WSGA advocate for ranchers, help scientists do research that is relevant for land managers, and help the University of Wyoming Extension provide learning opportunities that enhance the quality of life of state residents. Full results will be presented at the next WSGA Winter Roundup and in CowCountry, the Wyoming Livestock Roundup, and other ranching publications, as well as in scientific journals. We look forward to learning more about decision-making strategies, innovation, and adaptation on Wyoming’s changing rangelands.

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