Society for Range Management
On the Ground
• We compared land cover attributes on rangeland pastures with strategically managed ranches (SGM), continuously stocked (CS), and rested pastures.
• SGM pastures had less upland bare ground and more riparian vegetative cover than adjoining CS pastures, and SGM pastures had bare ground cover comparable to pastures rested from grazing for three or more years.
• Differences in riparian cover between management types were greatest in years of near-average precipitation and lower in years of high precipitation or drought.
• Remote sensing technologyprovided a means of quantifying range condition and comparing management effectiveness on large landscapes in a constantly changing environment.
Danvir, Rick; Simonds, Gregg; Sant, Eric; Thacker, Eric; Larsen, Randy; Svejcar, Tony; Ramsey, R. Douglas; Provenza, Fred; and Boyd, Chad, "Upland Bare Ground and Riparian Vegetative Cover Under Strategic Grazing Management, Continuous Stocking, and Multiyear Rest in New Mexico Mid-grass Prairie" (2018). Wildland Resources Faculty Publications. Paper 2668.