What are rangelands and why are they important to us?



Rangelands are grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, wetlands, and deserts that support important ecosystem relationships, and that often involve grazing animals and fire. These interactions benefit the land and animals, provide food for people, and represent important connections to the cultural and spiritual heritage of this continent's Native inhabitants. Rangelands include the quickly vanishing great tallgrass and shortgrass prairies, arid desert grasslands and shrublands, the beautiful woodlands, savannas, and chaparrals, and the frigid steppes, and tundras. It’s our responsibility to serve as their stewards and ensure their health and restoration because what is good for them is good for us. Making wise choices to take care of our rangelands in a healthy way is about protecting Indigenous communities through food sovereignty and self-determination.

In this online course, you’ll learn about the foundational ecological principles that provide us with understanding about these relationships and why it is important for us to be a part of that interaction in a balanced way. Are you ready? Please sign in above and create an account. Log out and an Administrator will approve your enrollment. You will receive an email notification stating that you have been enrolled in the program. Give us input as you go along and let us know if you encounter problems and we'll get it fixed right away. Please note that this course is under revision, so more changes are coming this fall.

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