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Research Project: Improved Management to Balance Production and Conservation in Great Plains Rangelands

Location: Rangeland Resources & Systems Research

Title: A systematic review of US rangeland social science

Author
item Bruno, Jasmine - Colorado State University
item Dosamantes, Elena - Colorado State University
item Fernandez-giminez, Maria - Colorado State University
item Jablonski, Kevin - Colorado State University
item Wilmer, Hailey

Submitted to: Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/5/2017
Publication Date: 2/9/2018
Citation: Bruno, J., Dosamantes, E., Fernandez-Giminez, M.E., Jablonski, K., Wilmer, H.N. 2018. A systematic review of US rangeland social science. Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts. Abstract Proceedings of the 71st Society for Range Management, Technical Training, and Trade Show. Jan 28 - Feb 2, 2018, Sparks, NV.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Rangeland science aims to create knowledge to sustain rangeland social-ecological systems over the long term. Range science has made substantial progress on understanding ecological dynamics of rangeland systems and the management practices that sustain them, and these findings have been systematically reviewed and synthesized in various venues. The social factors (e.g. demographics, social norms and networks, institutions, culture, economic incentives) that determine whether sustainable management is implemented have received less attention in the US, and existing research on rancher behavior has not been systematically reviewed and synthesized. We present preliminary findings of a review of US rangeland social science related to rancher decision making. Our overarching goal is to clarify what we know about rancher decision-making and to highlight key evidence gaps and research needs. Key questions guiding our review include: What methods have been used to examine rancher decision-making, and where have they been applied? How have social differences such as race, ethnicity, gender, and class been addressed in the rangeland decision-making literature? What practices/interventions/predictors and outcome/response variables have been considered? What has been the impact of practices/interventions/predictors on various outcomes, and across what timescale? Is there evidence that past rangeland social science has been applied to the design of subsequent education, outreach, policy development or program implementation?