Decision Support Tools and Information Management for Rangeland Resources Wind Energy, Meat Production, Carbon Sequestration and Wildlife

Thursday, October 23, 2014: 1:25 PM-2:55 PM
Meridian D/E (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center)
Rangeland ecosystems support traditional production of meat, as well as evolving goods and services such as energy production, carbon sequestration, and wildlife habitat for important rangeland species and species of concern.  As management challenges and pressures increase, novel approaches and strategies are necessary to enhance management and conservation of rangeland resources.  In this session, four speakers will discuss varied aspects of rangeland sustainability including assessment of the ecological footprint of wind energy in Wyoming, evalution of the potential impacts of sage grouse management and conservation decisions on public lands ranching operation; engaging stakeholders in a collaborative management process for rangelands; and a program to help ranchers profit from grassland conservation through a carbon credit program.
Kristie Maczko
Session Chair:
Kristie Maczko
1:25 PM
Ranch-Level Economic Impacts of Altering Grazing Policies on Federal Land to Protect the Greater Sage-Grouse
John Tanaka, University of Wyoming; Neil Rimbey, University of Idaho; L. Allen Torell, New Mexico State University
1:45 PM
Improved Management to Balance Production and Conservation in Great Plains Rangelands
Maria Fernandez-Gimenez, Colorado State University; Justin Derner, USDA Agricultural Research Service; David Augustine, USDA Agricultural Research Service
2:05 PM
Using the human footprint to measure ecological and socio-economic impacts of wind energy development
Leticia Varelas, University of Wyoming; John Tanaka, University of Wyoming; Benjamin Rashford, University of Wyoming; John Ritten, University of Wyoming
2:25 PM
Panel Discussion
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