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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Is the Range Condition Concept Compatible with Ecosystem Dynamics

Authors
item Svejcar, Anthony
item Brown, Joel - NRCS

Submitted to: Society for Range Management Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: November 15, 1992
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: The basis by which we judge rangelands has come into question in recent years. In the past it was assumed that a specific piece of rangeland would support one plant community if no disturbance occured. And after disturbance the rangeland would always progress toward that one plant community. However recent advances in the ecological sciences suggest that this simple scenario may not always apply. This symposium brought together a group of scientists and representatives from the major federal land management agencies to discuss the manner in which rangelands should be judged in the future. Although no clear solution emerged, the symposium which was attended by over 500 people, helped stimulate discussion on this important topic.

Technical Abstract: The basis by which we judge rangelands has come into question in recent years. In the past it was assumed that a specific piece of rangeland would support one plant community if no disturbance occured. And after disturbance the rangeland would always progress toward that one plant community. However recent advances in the ecological sciences suggest that this simple scenario may not always apply. This symposium brought together a group of scientists and representatives from the major federal land management agencies to discuss the manner in which rangelands should be judged in the future. Although no clear solution emerged, the symposium which was attended by over 500 people, helped stimulate discussion on this important topic.

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