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Lecture 14: Rangeland Resources 1. Figures on USA grasslands 2. Grazing on public lands & grazing leases 3. Environmental costs 4. Solutions But first, finish forests! Rangelands • Pasture and open range occupy _______ of the world’s land surface – More than 3 billion domestic livestock producing meat and milk • Attractive and frequently converted to human-dominated landscapes National rangelands • 108 million hectares (=Texas plus Montana) • Almost all are west of Mississippi river • Managed by – Bureau of Land Management – U.S forest service Issue: grazing leases • Most federal grazing land is leased to _________________. • Only 2% of ranchers own leases to public lands. • _____________ are private property: can be bought, sold, inherited. Lands are public. Grazing leases, con’t. • Grazing leases for public lands usually ____________ the cost of similar leases on private lands. • Some extra cost associated with public
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2011 for the course FNR 103 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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