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Unformatted text preview: Rangeland Management What we will cover • where are rangelands • what are rangelands • how do we manage them? • how do we use and charge for public rangelands? • Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie What are rangelands? • forage areas for free-ranging native and domestic animals • important for wildlife – fences a problem • about 50% of terrestrial, non-frozen surface of Earth • in US, most west of Mississippi River Temperate Grasslands • short and tall grass prairies – grasses and forbes (forage) – free of trees or shrubs – 25 to 75 cm rain/yr • grasses can be grazed as long as: – metabolic reserve is left intact – three types of forage Carrying Capacity of Rangelands • maximum number of animals on a given area for a number of days without decreasing forage production • animal unit months (AUMs) – amount of forage for a 1000 pound animal well fed for a month Range Use in US...
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2011 for the course NRES 102 taught by Professor David during the Fall '11 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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