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May 30, 2002 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Slide 2 Purpose Today Introduce the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Introduce the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Introduce the Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Rangelands Introduce the Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Rangelands Provide Future Plans of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Provide Future Plans of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Slide 3 Rangelands 42 percent of continental U.S. 42 percent of continental U.S. Wildlife habitat, clean water, clean air, open space, habitat for threatened and endangered species, recreational uses, food and fiber production, and a unique setting for social and cultural activities. Wildlife habitat, clean water, clean air, open space, habitat for threatened and endangered species, recreational uses, food and fiber production, and a unique setting for social and cultural activities. Concern about the condition of natural resources in the 20 th century. Concern about the condition of natural resources in the 20 th century. Adoption of the concept of sustainability as appropriate analysis paradigm. Adoption of the concept of sustainability as appropriate analysis paradigm. Slide 4 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable A stakeholders process for identifying a set of criteria and indicators (C&I) for assessing sustainability of rangelands. The C&I describe individual elements to assess and determine trends in resource conditions, management, economic benefits, and social values derived from rangelands. Slide 5 Benefits of the Work of SRR Provide a common framework for monitoring and assessing progress towards sustainable rangeland management. Provide a common framework for monitoring and assessing progress towards sustainable rangeland management. Expand the understanding of rangelands sustainability. Expand the understanding of rangelands sustainability. Enhance quality of debate about rangeland management issues. Enhance quality of debate about rangeland management issues. Slide 6 Benefits of the Work of SRR Improved efficiencies: Improved efficiencies: Directing monitoring efforts Directing monitoring efforts Development of common data collection techniques Development of common data collection techniques Focusing research on developing methods to measure indicators Focusing research on developing methods to measure indicators Slide 7 Benefits of the Work of SRR Improve accountability to rangeland stakeholders and Congress: Improve accountability to rangeland stakeholders and Congress: Multi-level, coordinated data reporting Multi-level, coordinated data reporting Assess compliance with applicable laws Assess compliance with applicable laws Facilitate interagency coordination Facilitate interagency coordination Facilitating planning and funding priorities Facilitating planning and funding priorities Improve rangeland management to meet social, economic and ecological goals Improve rangeland management to meet social, economic and ecological goals Slide 8 Sustainable Development Brundtland Commission (WCED) 1987 development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Slide 9 Sustainable Development Encompasses environmental and social issues, as well as economic activity. Encompasses environmental and social issues, as well as economic activity. Ensuring human well-being while respecting ecosystem well-being and the earths environmental limits and capacities. Ensuring human well-being while respecting ecosystem well-being and the earths environmental limits and capacities. Slide 10 International Background Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992 Plan for achieving sustainable development in the 21 st century. Plan for achieving sustainable development in the 21 st century. 1993 International seminar on sustainable development of boreal and temperate forest in Montreal. (Montreal Process) 1993 International seminar on sustainable development of boreal and temperate forest in Montreal. (Montreal Process) 1995 Santiago Declaration 7 Criteria and 67 Indicators temperate and boreal forests. 1995 Santiago Declaration 7 Criteria and 67 Indicators temperate and boreal forests. 2002 Earth Summit in South Africa. 2002 Earth Summit in South Africa. Slide 11 U. S. Background Roundtable on Sustainable Forests (1998) Roundtable on Sustainable Forests (1998) Sustainable Minerals Roundtable (1999) Sustainable Minerals Roundtable (1999) 1999 First meeting on Sustainable Rangelands 1999 First meeting on Sustainable Rangelands 2001 First meeting of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable 2001 First meeting of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Slide 12 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Identify criteria and indicators for Sustainable Rangelands. Identify criteria and indicators for Sustainable Rangelands. Indicators are suitable for national reporting. Indicators are suitable for national reporting. Gain from other efforts: Gain from other efforts: Roundtable on Sustainable Forests Roundtable on Sustainable Forests Sustainable Minerals Roundtable Sustainable Minerals Roundtable Heinz, EPA, TNC, NRI, SDIC, others Heinz, EPA, TNC, NRI, SDIC, others Slide 13 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable The group determines the outcomes. The group determines the outcomes. Open, Positive, Future Focused Open, Positive, Future Focused Dynamic Dynamic Values and respects all opinions and contributions of members. Values and respects all opinions and contributions of members. Slide 14 SRR Time Line Twelve Meetings: Twelve Meetings: Four meetings in 2001; five in 2002; three in 2003. Four meetings in 2001; five in 2002; three in 2003. Indicators completed by Oct., 2002. Indicators completed by Oct., 2002. Identify and compile data sources: May 2002 through March 2003. Identify and compile data sources: May 2002 through March 2003. Report on Rangeland Sustainability Indicators May 2003. Report on Rangeland Sustainability Indicators May 2003. Slide 15 SRR Meeting Sites, 2001 to 2003 Workshops and Forums 200120022003 j j j j j j j jj j jj j j j D D D D D Slide 16 SRR Success Time and effort of all individuals and organizations participating. Time and effort of all individuals and organizations participating. Participating groups Participating groups Federal, state and local agencies Federal, state and local agencies Representatives from 16 universities Representatives from 16 universities Non-governmental groups & organizations Non-governmental groups & organizations Over 100 members of SRR Over 100 members of SRR Slide 17 Products of SRR Symposium and Proceedings at the Feb. 2002 SRM Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO Symposium and Proceedings at the Feb. 2002 SRM Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO Symposium at ESA Meeting in Tucson, AZ in August 2002 Symposium at ESA Meeting in Tucson, AZ in August 2002 Symposium/Workshop on Indicators at Feb. 2003 SRM Annual Meeting in Casper, Wyoming Symposium/Workshop on Indicators at Feb. 2003 SRM Annual Meeting in Casper, Wyoming Report on Sustainable Rangelands in Spring, 2003 Report on Sustainable Rangelands in Spring, 2003 Slide 18 Todays Remarks Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Rangelands Dr. Linda Joyce Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Rangelands Dr. Linda Joyce Future Plans & Milestones Dr. Rod Heitschmidt Future Plans & Milestones Dr. Rod Heitschmidt Questions and Answers Questions and Answers Slide 19 May 30, 2002 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Development and Evolution of the Criteria and Indicators Slide 20 Overview Criteria Criteria Productive Capacity Productive Capacity Soil and Water Resources Soil and Water Resources Ecosystem Health and Diversity Ecosystem Health and Diversity Social and Economic Benefits Social and Economic Benefits Legal, Institutional, Economic Frameworks Legal, Institutional, Economic Frameworks Indicators within these Criteria Indicators within these Criteria Scientific Challenges Scientific Challenges Next Technical Steps Next Technical Steps Slide 21 A journey of 1000 miles begins with 1 step Criteria and indicators described here represent the current development. The indicators will continue to evolve as the SRR advances towards an accepted set for monitoring and assessing rangeland sustainability. Slide 22 May 30, 2002 Sustainable Rangelands Productive Capacity Health and Diversity Social and Economic Legal, Institutional and Economic Soil and Water Indicators Criteria Slide 23 Maintenance of Productive Capacity on Rangeland Ecosystems Productive capacity provide the current generation with a wide variety of goods and services depending on the mix desired by society at any particular time Productive capacity provide the current generation with a wide variety of goods and services depending on the mix desired by society at any particular time Maintenance that future generations will be able to obtain their desired mix... Maintenance that future generations will be able to obtain their desired mix... Indicators must capture: Determinants of Productive Capacity, and the Variety of Outputs that can be produced on Rangelands Indicators must capture: Determinants of Productive Capacity, and the Variety of Outputs that can be produced on Rangelands Slide 24 Indicators: Determinants of Productive Capacity Extent of Rangeland Available for production of goods and services Aboveground Biomass Production Integrates biotic and abiotic factors influencing capacity Invasive and Noxious Plants Measures alterations in productive capacity Rangeland available for livestock grazing Influences mix of commodity and non- commodity products Slide 25 Indicators: Productive Capacity Outputs Wildlife Harvested Domestic Livestock Non-forage Products Number of cattle, sheep, goats, horses, bison measures a consumptive use Measures the variety of other consumpti

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