Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/10/2017
Publication Date: 5/1/2017
Citation: Sheley, R.L. 2017. Rangeland highlights for May 2017. Rangelands.(Editor).
Interpretive Summary: In this Highlights, perspectives on Conservation Easements and Conservation Credits and Human population growth associated with rangelands were discussed. This issue also focused on restoring rangeland using managed grazing. Fire regimes and long-term succession successional patterns of plants and animals after juniper removal were also discussed. This issue also discusses invasive land management, culminating in a systematic review of cheatgrass control and its impacts on perennial grass spanning 64 years.
Technical Abstract: In this Issue of REM, authors discuss social responsibilities associated with property rights and and human population growth, grass turnover rates after restoration, and how grazing affects grassland songbirds. Easement restrictions may need to be restructured in a way that allows for increased retained rights for landowner participants. Improved animal husbandry and range management through local development projects that provide education for both genders, support soil and water improvement, and provide incentives for wildlife conservation have potential to help African pastoralist communities. The influence of grazing on cover and birds was limited when conditions were relatively wet or soil productivity was poor. Instead of focusing on grazing per se, management of songbirds requires a more holistic view centered on herbaceous cover and placed in the appropriate context of weather, soils and management.