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Rangeland Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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  • Offers a comprehensive coverage of contemporary rangeland management issues for wildlife
  • Reviews the importance of ecological functioning within rangelands
  • Identifies information gaps to inform for future research of wildlife in rangeland systems
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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Rangeland Ecosystems and Processes

  2. Species Accounts


About this book

This open access book reviews the importance of ecological functioning within rangelands considering the complex inter-relationships of production agriculture, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat. 

More than half of all lands worldwide, and up to 70% of the western USA, are classified as rangelands—uncultivated lands that often support grazing by domestic livestock. The rangelands of North America provide a vast array of goods and services, including significant economic benefit to local communities, while providing critical habitat for hundreds of species of fish and wildlife. 

This book provides compendium of recent data and synthesis from more than 100 experts in wildlife and rangeland ecology in Western North America.  It provides a current and in-depth synthesis of knowledge related to wildlife ecology in rangeland ecosystems, and the tools used to manage them, to serve current and future wildlife biologists and rangeland managers in the working landscapes of the West. The book also identifies information gaps and serves as a jumping-off point for future research of wildlife in rangeland ecosystems. While the content focuses on wildlife ecology and management in rangelands of Western North America, the material has important implications for rangeland ecosystems worldwide.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Animal and Range Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, USA

    Lance B. McNew

  • Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University, Logan, USA

    David K. Dahlgren

  • Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA

    Jeffrey L. Beck

About the editors

Lance McNew is Associate Professor of Wildlife Habitat Ecology in the Department of Animal & Range Sciences at Montana State University.  He and his students conduct applied research in wildlife ecology with a focus on space use and demography in working landscapes.  

David Dahlgren is an Associate Professor and Rangeland-Wildlife Extension Specialist in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. Dr. Dahlgren's lab conducts Extension programming, including applied research, for rangeland associated wildlife, with focus on species of conservation concern and addressing the information needs of those who manage them and their habitat.

Jeffrey Beck is a Professor of Wildlife Habitat Restoration Ecology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Beck’s lab conducts applied research to better understand the ecology of rangeland wildlife populations and how they respond to direct and indirect impacts. Dr. Beck collaborates with private, state, and federal partners to provide science results that better inform conservation for species of concern.

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