The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Community-Based Sustainable Rangeland Livestock Production

Ranching in Arizona continues to be a primary land use and provides the number one agricultural product in the state comprising at the gate revenue of around $800,000,000 annually. Additionally, ranching is a cultural and community resource that is becoming important as a mechanism to maintain open space through the concept of working landscapes. Our approach has been to focus efforts on capacity building among local ranchers, agency personnel and other community leaders to identify and address issues related to grazing management and monitoring in riparian areas. Primary outcomes result from developing and facilitating complex networks of participants, identifying fundamental issues and providing research and educational elements that empower identified communities to solve specific resource management problems. In 2012 we received a 4.5 million dollar endowment to support this programming. Contact Dr. George Ruyle for more information.

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