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Land Management Practices

Matt Maffey, Ashley George and I (Sean Menarguez) attempt to conquer the understanding of land management practices.

Sean Menarguez

on 3 February 2013

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Transcript of Land Management Practices

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli BY: Sean, Matt and Ashley Land Management Practices Rangelands Dry, open grasslands that are typically used for cattle grazing
Semiarid ecosystems that are susceptible to fires and other environmental disturbances
If humans over use rangelands, they can easily lose biodiversity

Mostly located in western United States
Examples: Tall Grass Prairie, Pacific Bunchgrass, Salt Desert Shrublands
The Bureau of Land Management Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 "Stop injury to the public grazing lands [excluding Alaska] by preventing overgrazing and soil deterioration; to provide for their orderly use, improvement, and development; [and] to stabilize the livestock industry dependent upon the public range"
*** lands were separated into different grazing districts

Important Sections:
Section 3 --> permits issued to use public rangelands WITHIN grazing districts (up to 10 years)
Section 15 --> leases issued to use public rangelands OUTSIDE grazing districts Fire Management Ways to manage fire prone areas

Prescribed Fire
Create a controlled fire in a high incidence area
Removes the "brush"
Usually fuels forest fires. Deforestation Ocean, Atlantic, Morris, Burlington, Sussex, all lose more than 500acres of forest/year

Deforestation for residential purposes
Clear cutting to help with growing population
Concerned People cutting down trees after Sandy Timber Harvest Practices Selective Cutting-
Choosing which trees to cut down, only taking a few at a time
Leaves other trees in the area to reseed the ground
Clear Cutting-
Cutting all trees down in an area
Leads to more flooding and erosion in coastal areas
Bull's Island in Delaware River Administers 245 million acres of public land
Manages livestock grazing on 157 million acres of those lands

Terms and conditions for grazing on BLM-managed lands are set forth in the permits and leases issued to public land ranchers
Administers nearly 18,000 permits and leases
Livestock usually consists of cattle and sheep
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