2014 Rangeland Cup Orlando
Rangeland landscapes are mosaics of diverse ecological sites, production potentials and landownership, with equally divers land use goals. Although geopolitical boundaries constrain direct management actions to parcels under a particular manager’s oversight, management actions implemented on one pasture, allotment, ranch, etc. may impact other users of rangeland goods and services. An improvement project on one parcel may have unintended consequences – and such consequences may be separated, in space and time, from where the management action occurred.
1) Identify a rangeland-related situation where a project designed to improve conditions in one location, or for one user group, had (or may have) unintended consequences on another location or user group. Were these other potential impacts of the project considered within an identifiable framework, or was there not enough information to anticipate broader-reaching impacts of the project? *Your situation can be a current project, or a retrospective investigation of a historic event.
2) Develop a strategy to mitigate the unintended consequences of the project. Clearly discuss how your approach will balance the reported benefits of the main project while limiting broader-reaching consequences caused by the intended actions.
*Use logic and literature to support your conclusions for your poster.
** 2014 Additional task: Produce a digital video describing your project above to be displayed on the internet and as part of the meeting in Orlando. Teams that produce a video will receive 5 additional total Rangeland Cup points.
Registration DEADLINE for 2014 SRM meeting in Orlando:
November 8nd 2013