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Research Project: Science and Technologies for the Sustainable Management of Western Rangeland Systems

Location: Range Management Research

Title: Measuring the social and ecological performance of agricultural innovations on rangelands: Progress and plans for an indicator framework in the LTAR network

Author
item Spiegal, Sheri
item WEBB, NICHOLAS - New Mexico State University
item BOUGHTON, ELIZABETH - Archbold Biological Station
item BOUGHTON, RAOUL - Tampa Bay Analytical Laboratories
item BENTLEY -BRYMER, AMANDA - University Of Idaho
item Clark, Pat
item Holifield Collins, Chandra
item Hoover, David
item Kaplan, Nicole
item McCord, Sarah
item MEREDITH, G - University Of Idaho
item Porensky, Lauren
item Toledo, David
item Wilmer, Hailey
item WULFHORST, J - Forest Service - Canada
item Bestelmeyer, Brandon

Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/20/2021
Publication Date: 1/7/2022
Citation: Spiegal, S.A., Webb, N., Boughton, E., Boughton, R., Bentley -Brymer, A., Clark, P., Holifield Collins, C.D., Hoover, D.L., Kaplan, N.E., McCord, S.E., Meredith, G., Porensky, L.M., Toledo, D.N., Wilmer, H.N., Wulfhorst, J.D., Bestelmeyer, B.T. 2022. Measuring the social and ecological performance of agricultural innovations on rangelands: Progress and plans for an indicator framework in the LTAR network. Rangelands. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2021.12.005.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2021.12.005

Interpretive Summary: The Long-Term Agroecosystem Research Network (LTAR) evaluates how agricultural management systems perform relative to sustainable intensification goals in five domains: Environment, Productivity, Economic, Human Condition, and Social. Here we describe our progress and plans for comparing the performance of rangeland management strategies relative to goals in these five domains using indicators. The progress and plans described here are part of LTAR’s new Sustainable Intensification Indicator Framework, which will evolve with stakeholder engagement.

Technical Abstract: The Long-Term Agroecosystem Research Network (LTAR) evaluates how agricultural management systems perform relative to sustainable intensification goals in five domains: Environment, Productivity, Economic, Human Condition, and Social. Here we describe our progress and plans for comparing the performance of rangeland management strategies relative to goals in these five domains using indicators. We present a method for measuring outcomes of management against site-specific benchmarks which can be used to compare management performance among grazinglands worldwide. LTAR typically studies management on finer scales (ecological site, herd, ranch); how to measure effects on broader scales (landscape, community) remains a persistent question. The progress and plans described here are part of LTAR’s new Sustainable Intensification Indicator Framework, which will evolve with stakeholder engagement.