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Range Management: Principles and Practices 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0136269885
ISBN-10: 3540790551
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The approach has involved tempering fundamental topics, such as range plant physiology, range plant ecology, stocking rate considerations, and grazing system selection, with the most recent research. Some traditional range management concepts have been substantially altered as the result of new findings. The text emphasizes range management practices oriented toward multiple use wherever possible. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The purpose of the fourth edition of this book is to introduce students to the science of range management coupling the latest concepts and technology with proven traditional approaches. We hope that our audience continues to include employed range managers on public and private land ranchers, wildlife biologists, soil scientists, and the growing segment of the public interested in natural resource management. We have tried to improve the text for those concerned with range management, not only in the United States but in other parts of the world as well.

Our approach has involved tempering fundamental topics such as range plant physiology, range plant ecology, stocking-rate considerations, and grazing system selection with the most recent research. Some traditional range management concepts have been altered since the third edition as the result of new findings. This is particularly true in the subject areas of grazing management, range ecology, and range plant ecology. We have placed greater emphasis on ecology and multiple use in this edition along with improving the quality of Tables and Figures.

Although approaches to range management change, the basic objectives of range management remain essentially the same as in the past. These are to provide society with meat, water, wildlife, and recreational opportunities on a sustained basis from lands unsuited for permanent cultivation. In recent years, the relative importance to society of these products has shifted on many rangelands in the United States. However, with modern range management practices, most rangelands can be made to yield near their potential of each product simultaneously. Although multiple-use has been practiced for over 30 years on federal rangelands in the United States, it is now bring more widely practiced on private rangelands as ranchers find the sale of recreational opportunities on their land to be increasingly profitable. We have tried to emphasize range management practices oriented toward multiple-use wherever possible.

Range management is distinguished from other land management disciplines in that it involves manipulation of grazing by large domestic or wild animals. Since control of grazing is the foundation of any range management program, this still receives primary emphasis in this fourth edition of our text. We have restricted our coverage of manipulation of vegetation by practices other than grazing to fundamental concepts since several other good texts are available that deal exclusively with this subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall College Div; 3 edition (August 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3540790551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136269885
  • ASIN: 0136269885
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,441,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ben on November 22, 2007
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as a 5th generation rancher I see in Holchek a top scientist in range management who has the level of wisdom where it reaches the same conclusions of my ancestors who didn't know how to read but knew how to preserve their land. The old men learned to respect nature the hard way, Darwin took care of those who didn't. In a fragile environment good stewardship of the land is the best long term economic strategy. But it also reflects the best of modern science respect for God's complex creation based in profound knowledge.
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I purchased this book for a class. I've used it sparingly but I have found it useful. Breaks it down very basic, to understand which is nice. Service was prompt and quick. Came in great shape within less then a week.
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I am a graduate student and I am doing research on rangelands in the Midwest. This book does an excellent job of summarizing the relevant literature on stocking rates and utilization recommendations for Midwestern rangelands. It does so in a way that is easy to understand and provides examples that producers could easily apply to their own operations. I started out renting this book but I purchased it because I wanted it for my personal records.
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This is a good book for all those folk who are going into Rangeland Management. Teaches you the principals and Practices
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Good book - bought it used. Had a little damage but still works. Good text book but wouldn't buy it new.
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The book was in perfect condition when I got it. I already knew the quality of its content, which is excellent, and I received it quickly. Price was reasonable. I'm very happy with it.
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Good information for someone wanting to understand range land management in the southwest. Very helpful in teaching the community how to rate the grazing available.
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Very good book, specially for learn about Range and Range Management. Very clear and concise. Very necesary for teaching.
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