Research and education on rangeland resource planning methods, analysis procedures and vegetation monitoring techniques furnishes the ecological and technical basis for management planning and implementation on rangelands. Short-term outcomes include increased monitoring skills and ecological knowledge demonstrated by land managers including ranchers, an increased reliance on vegetation monitoring in management and an increased understanding of the role of science in rangeland management.
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.