|Pyke, David - USDI|
Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 30, 2003
Publication Date: December 1, 2003
Citation: Pyke, D.A., Herrick, J.E. 2003. Transitions in rangeland evaluations: A review of the major transitions in rangeland evaluations during the last 25 years and speculation about future evaluations. Rangelands. 25 (6):22-30. Technical Abstract: New technologies in remote sensing allow us to view land changes over much larger areas than in the past. Our increased understanding of the importance of linkages among the living components (all of the interacting organisms) and non-living components (e.g., soils, air, and water) of rangelands and processes occurring within rangelands (e.g., nutrient and water cycling as well as energy flow) has led to the development of new approaches for evaluating rangelands. We even occasionally try to include social, economic, and legal aspects of rangelands in evaluations. This article is an opportunity to review the major transitions in rangeland evaluations during the last 25 years and realize how much change has occurred in our approaches. It also provides an opportunity to speculate about the future evaluations.