Rangelands affect us all. They comprise over 40% of the landmass of the world and provide valuable grazing lands for livestock and wildlife. Rangelands serve as a source of high quality water, clean air and open spaces and benefit people as a setting for recreation and economic means for agriculture, mining and communities.
What are rangelands?
Rangelands are a type of land on which the natural vegetation is dominated by grasses, forbs and shrubs and the land is managed as a natural ecosystem.
Where are rangelands?
Global extent of major rangeland cover types:
Other (tundra, desert, forest) 23%
What goods and services are derived from rangelands?
Rangelands serve multiple purposes as:
Because of the diversity of goods and services derived from rangelands, their management and health are linked closely to the economic well being of many communities.