Paradigm shift in rangeland management proposed

A new paper out by Fuhlendorf, Engle, Elmore, Limb, and Bidwell proposes viewing fire and grazing as landscape processes rather than management tools.  The value of this philosphy is many fold.  It promotes consideration of a broad spectrum of ecological values in land management rather than just livestock production.  This approach is proposed to actually benefit livestock production as well as the grassland community as a whole by promoting landscape heterogeneity.  This paradigm shift results in viewing ecosystem processes as necessary rather than optional, contrary to the tool and toolbox metaphor with which we are all familiar.  The authors recognize that each landscape is unique and may have limitations in how the paradigm may be applied.

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Dr. Fuhlendorf stands in a 2 year old burn patch at the Charles M Russel National Wildlife. Photo by D. Elmore.

Dr. Fuhlendorf stands in a 2 year old burn patch at the Charles M Russel National Wildlife. Photo by D. Elmore.