Department Head: Scott Miller

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management integrates rangeland ecology and watershed management, soil science, and entomology. The students' education is enhanced by learning not only of students' discipline but also how their discipline relates to others. The research increasingly tackles the information gaps that are at the frontiers of science and management that lie in the connection between disciplines. The extension programs offer integrated options needed to face real-world problems that are often not separated along scientific disciplinary boundaries.

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  • Why Grazing Permits Have Economic Value 

    Contributor:Rimbey, Neil R.; Torell, L. Allen; Tanaka, John A.
    Grazing permit value supposedly arises as a cost advantage for permit holders. Yet, ranches are overpriced relative to income earning potential. Hedonic models for New Mexico and the Great Basin were used to evaluate permit ...
  • Ranch level economic impact analysis for public lands : a guide to methods, issues, and applications 

    Contributor:Torell, L. Allen; Rimbey, Neil R.; Tanaka, John A.; Taylor, David T.; Wulfhorst, J. D.
    Legal mandates require public land managers to consider social and economic impacts in planning efforts, and analysts seek models and tools for use in resource planning and impact assessment. In this paper we review ...
  • Offstream water and trace mineral salt as management strategies for improved cattle distribution 

    Contributor:Porath, M. L.; Momont, P. A.; DelCurto, T.; Rimbey, N. R.; Tanaka, John A.; McInnis, M.
    The objective of this study was to test the combined effect of offstream water and trace mineral salt on cattle distribution in a riparian meadow and its adjacent uplands. From July 15 to August 26, 1996 and 1997, three ...
  • Livestock grazing and sage-grouse habitat : impacts and opportunities 

    Contributor:Boyd, Chad S.; Beck, Jeffrey L.; Tanaka, John A.
    Sage-grouse obtain resources for breeding, summer, and winter life stages from sagebrush communities. Grazing can change the productivity, composition, and structure of herbaceous plants in sagebrush communities, thus ...