Submitted to: American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 15, 2006
Publication Date: February 16, 2006
Citation: Havstad, K. 2006. Ecosystem services from grazed rangeland in the arid and semi-arid west [abstract]. American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, February 16-20, 2006, St. Louis, Missouri. p. A-5. 2006 CDROM. Interpretive Summary: No Interpretive Summary Required.
Technical Abstract: Over 500 million acres of public and private rangelands are in the western United States. These diverse environments also provide wildlife habitat (including for species listed as threatened or endangered), regulate water flow and quality, make available outdoor recreation, and preserve open spaces for expanding urban environments. Under careful management, livestock grazing can produce drastically fewer negative impacts on eocsystem services and remarkable positive impacts as well. However, appropriate management practices by ranchers are the key to providing these additional ecosystem services from over 25% of the land surface of the United States.