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Oct. 29, 2002 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable. Oct. 29, 2002 Rangelands 42% of continental U.S. 42% of continental U.S. 587 million acres non-federal.

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1 Oct. 29, 2002 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable

2 Oct. 29, 2002 Rangelands 42% of continental U.S. 42% of continental U.S. 587 million acres non-federal 587 million acres non-federal Forest Service – 75 million acres Forest Service – 75 million acres BLM – 155 million acres BLM – 155 million acres Concern about the condition of natural resources in the 20 th century. Concern about the condition of natural resources in the 20 th century. Adoption of the concept of sustainability as appropriate analysis paradigm. Adoption of the concept of sustainability as appropriate analysis paradigm.

3 Oct. 29, 2002 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable A stakeholders process for identifying a set of criteria and indicators (C&I) for assessing sustainability of rangelands. The C&I describe individual elements to assess and determine trends in resource conditions, management, economic benefits, and social values derived from rangelands.

4 Oct. 29, 2002 Benefits of the Work of SRR Provide a common framework for monitoring and assessing progress towards sustainable rangeland management. Provide a common framework for monitoring and assessing progress towards sustainable rangeland management. Expand the understanding of rangeland sustainability. Expand the understanding of rangeland sustainability. Enhance quality of debate about rangeland management issues. Enhance quality of debate about rangeland management issues.

5 Oct. 29, 2002 Benefits of the Work of SRR Improved efficiencies: Improved efficiencies: Directing monitoring efforts Directing monitoring efforts Development of common data collection techniques Development of common data collection techniques Focusing research on developing methods to measure indicators Focusing research on developing methods to measure indicators

6 Oct. 29, 2002 Benefits of the Work of SRR Improve accountability to rangeland stakeholders and Congress: Improve accountability to rangeland stakeholders and Congress: Multi-level, coordinated data reporting Multi-level, coordinated data reporting Assess compliance with applicable laws Assess compliance with applicable laws Facilitate interagency coordination Facilitate interagency coordination Facilitating planning and funding priorities Facilitating planning and funding priorities Improve rangeland management to meet social, economic and ecological goals Improve rangeland management to meet social, economic and ecological goals

7 Oct. 29, 2002 Sustainable Development Brundtland Commission (WCED) – 1987 … development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

8 Oct. 29, 2002 Sustainable Development Encompasses environmental and social issues, as well as economic activity. Encompasses environmental and social issues, as well as economic activity. Ensuring human well-being while respecting ecosystem well-being and the earths environmental limits and capacities. Ensuring human well-being while respecting ecosystem well-being and the earths environmental limits and capacities.

9 Oct. 29, 2002 International Background Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992 Plan for achieving sustainable development in the 21 st century. Plan for achieving sustainable development in the 21 st century – International seminar on sustainable development of boreal and temperate forest in Montreal. (Montreal Process) 1993 – International seminar on sustainable development of boreal and temperate forest in Montreal. (Montreal Process) 1995 Santiago Declaration – 7 Criteria and 67 Indicators – temperate and boreal forests Santiago Declaration – 7 Criteria and 67 Indicators – temperate and boreal forests Earth Summit in South Africa Earth Summit in South Africa.

10 Oct. 29, 2002 U. S. Background Roundtable on Sustainable Forests (1998) Roundtable on Sustainable Forests (1998) Sustainable Minerals Roundtable (1999) Sustainable Minerals Roundtable (1999) 1999 – First meeting on Sustainable Rangelands 1999 – First meeting on Sustainable Rangelands 2001 – First meeting of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable 2001 – First meeting of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable

11 Oct. 29, 2002 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Identify criteria and indicators for Sustainable Rangelands. Identify criteria and indicators for Sustainable Rangelands. Indicators are suitable for national reporting. Indicators are suitable for national reporting. Gain from other efforts: Gain from other efforts: Roundtable on Sustainable Forests Roundtable on Sustainable Forests Sustainable Minerals Roundtable Sustainable Minerals Roundtable Heinz, EPA, TNC, NRI, SDIC, others Heinz, EPA, TNC, NRI, SDIC, others

12 Oct. 29, 2002 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable The group determines the outcomes. The group determines the outcomes. Open, Positive, Future Focused Open, Positive, Future Focused Dynamic Dynamic Values and respects all opinions and contributions of members. Values and respects all opinions and contributions of members.

13 Oct. 29, 2002 SRR Vision for Rangelands We envision a future in which rangelands in the U.S. provide a desired mix of economic, ecological and social benefits to current and future generations.

14 Oct. 29, 2002 Vision for the SRR Process We envision a future where we have widely accepted criteria and indicators for monitoring and assessing the economic, social and ecological sustainability of rangelands.

15 Oct. 29, 2002 SRR Mission The Roundtable will identify indicators of sustainability based on social, economic, and ecological factors, to provide a framework for national assessments of rangelands and rangeland use.

16 Oct. 29, 2002 SRR Meetings Twelve Meetings Twelve Meetings Four meetings in 2001 Four meetings in 2001 Five in 2002 Five in 2002 Three in Three in 2003.

17 SRR Meeting Sites, 2001 to 2003 Workshops and Forums j j j j j j j jj j jj j j j D D D D D

18 Oct. 29, 2002 SRR Success Time and effort of all individuals and organizations participating. Time and effort of all individuals and organizations participating. Participating groups Participating groups Federal, state and local agencies Federal, state and local agencies Representatives from 16 universities Representatives from 16 universities Non-governmental groups & organizations Non-governmental groups & organizations Over 100 members of SRR Over 100 members of SRR

19 Oct. 29, 2002 Products of SRR Symposium and Proceedings at the Feb SRM Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO Symposium and Proceedings at the Feb SRM Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO Workshop at ESA Meeting in Tucson, AZ in August 2002 Workshop at ESA Meeting in Tucson, AZ in August 2002 Symposium/Workshop on Indicators at Feb SRM Annual Meeting in Casper, Wyoming Symposium/Workshop on Indicators at Feb SRM Annual Meeting in Casper, Wyoming Report on Sustainable Rangelands in Spring, 2003 Report on Sustainable Rangelands in Spring, 2003

20 Oct. 29, 2002 SRR Five Criteria Maintenance of productive capacity on rangeland ecosystems. Maintenance of productive capacity on rangeland ecosystems. Maintenance of ecological health and diversity of rangelands. Maintenance of ecological health and diversity of rangelands. Conservation of soil and water resources on rangelands. Conservation of soil and water resources on rangelands.

21 Oct. 29, 2002 SRR Criteria Maintenance and enhancement of multiple economic and social benefits to current and future generations. Maintenance and enhancement of multiple economic and social benefits to current and future generations. Legal, institutional and economic framework for rangeland conservation and sustainable management. Legal, institutional and economic framework for rangeland conservation and sustainable management.

22 Oct. 29, 2002 SRR Timeline San Diego Meeting – Review and freeze indicators. San Diego Meeting – Review and freeze indicators. Fort Myers – Jan – First draft of report chapters ready for editing. Fort Myers – Jan – First draft of report chapters ready for editing. SRM Workshop – Feb. 3-5 SRM Workshop – Feb. 3-5 Feb. 15 – Chapters ready for SRR internal review. Feb. 15 – Chapters ready for SRR internal review.

23 Oct. 29, 2002 SRR Timeline March 1 – SRR internal review completed. Consider and integrate feedback. March 1 – SRR internal review completed. Consider and integrate feedback. Albuquerque – March – Revised chapters completed. Submit to external reviewers. Albuquerque – March – Revised chapters completed. Submit to external reviewers. April 11 – Receive external reviews and incorporate changes. April 11 – Receive external reviews and incorporate changes.

24 Oct. 29, 2002 SRR Timeline Friday, May 2, 2003 – Deadline for final chapters. Friday, May 2, 2003 – Deadline for final chapters. May 5-9 – Create Executive Summary (Briefing Document). To printer on May 9. May 5-9 – Create Executive Summary (Briefing Document). To printer on May 9. May – SRR Briefing in Washington, D.C. May – SRR Briefing in Washington, D.C. May & June - Submit chapters to journal and complete technical edits. May & June - Submit chapters to journal and complete technical edits.

25 Oct. 29, 2002 Purpose of Ninth SRR Meeting The Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable reviews all indicators The Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable reviews all indicators Finalize external reviewers for report Finalize external reviewers for report Finalize report outline and agree on writing assignments Finalize report outline and agree on writing assignments Continue work on data sets for indicators Continue work on data sets for indicators


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