Rangelands are huge lands that are home to various ecosystems which benefit the environment and the economy. In the US, there are millions of acres of rangelands.
Many people have their private rangelands. 43% of the rangelands in the US is managed by the federal government and the rest by the state and local government. The Forest Service administers nearly 200 million acres of National Forest Systems lands and half of this comprises rangelands.
This diverse ecosystem produces various products that are very beneficial.
These include forage for grazing animals, water, minerals, habitat, wood products, and more. It provides natural beauty and wilderness as well.
In the past, free forage was allowed in rangelands. In any unclaimed public domain, people built cattle or sheep empires, but due to this freedom, the rangelands became overcrowded and over-grazed.
Later in the early 1900s, Congress designated the Forest Service to manage the rangelands. So, now people required permits to graze animals on the land, and also there are restrictions on the herd size and grazing seasons. Rental fees are also included.
The Forest Service today manages the vegetation resources in the rangelands. They provide habitats for different plant and animal species, sustainable grazing, and clean water. They are always working to improve the health of the rangeland.
Many private and public organizations are working with the Forest Service to improve the rangeland condition. They are organizing various events to raise awareness about conserving and managing the rangelands and protecting the diverse ecosystem.
People are doing research works on rangelands and coming up with ways to protect rangelands and the habitats of various plant and animal species.