Are we ready for the (range)land revolution?

TitleAre we ready for the (range)land revolution?
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHerrick JE, Andrews S., Baldi G., Bestelmeyer BT, Brown J., Davis J., Duniway MC, Havstad K, Peters DC, Quinton J.N, Riginos C., Shaver P.L, Steinaker D, Twomlow S.
Conference NameProceedings of the IX International Rangeland Congress
Date Published04/2011
Conference LocationRosario, Argentina
Accession NumberJRN00553
ARIS Log Number274311

Rangeland scientists have a tremendous amount of knowledge that could ensure that the transition from livestock production to other land uses is as sustainable as possible, while maintaining livestock production systems where they are the most biophysically, socially, culturally and economically sustainable option. The rate and extent of these land use changes, however, will require a new approach to our science and how we communicate it. We can increase our ability to contribute to the future management of these lands through (1) increased awareness of global social, economic, and technological trends, (2) research and modeling that anticipate the potential effects of large-scale changes in land cover and land use on ecosystem services across a wide variety of soils, landforms and climate conditions, and (3) dramatically increased communication and collaboration with the disciplines and sectors of society responsible for managing the new land uses.