Why are rangelands important?
The chief commercial use of rangelands is livestock grazing to produce food, fibre and draft animals.
Rangelands include grasslands, scrublands, woodlands, wetlands, and deserts that are grazed by domestic livestock or wild animals.
They produce a wide variety of goods and services desired by society including livestock forage, wildlife habitat, water, mineral resources, wood products, and wildland reacreation. They also provide natural beauty , open spaces, and the opportunity to study the natural ecosystem. The diverse ecosystem provides a wide aaray of tangible commodities and values for society.
Rangeland watersheds are important regulators of the quantity and quality of water in streams, lakes, and aquifers. Many species of fish and wildlife depend on rangelands and their associated streams and lakes for habitats.