A vital component to the management of rangelands and working lands throughout North America is the acknowledgment and support of landowners and producers’ connections to natural resources. In many cases, management for sustainable production of livestock can benefit wildlife that occupy rangelands, particularly when grazing operations help maintain large intact tracts of native grassland and shrubland. Successful wildlife conservation will rely on developing strong partnerships among ranchers, landowners, and other stakeholders. However, landowners are less frequently incorporated in the discussion of wildlife management and their lack of inclusion makes wildlife managers less aware of challenges faced by ranchers and the opportunities for which both livestock and wildlife can benefit. Our panel discussion will provide unique insight, from stakeholders’ perspectives, into the challenges and opportunities for wildlife conservation and how it concerns the human dimension. We invited three ranchers from geographically distinct areas (Jim Stone – Montana, Mark and Greg Gardiner – Kansas, Neal Wilkins – Texas) to contribute to the panel discussion. Each session will last 15 minutes, with each rancher answering questions related to rangeland management, wildlife conservation, and partnership involvement. Finally, the panel will invite the audience and members of the Rangeland Wildlife working group for questions.
Supported By:TWS Rangeland Wildlife Working Group, SRM-Wildlife Habitat Committee