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1 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable

2 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Purpose Today Introduce the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Introduce the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Sustainability Background Sustainability Background Participants Participants Process Process Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Rangelands Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Rangelands Briefly Outline Future Plans Briefly Outline Future Plans

3 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Sustainability is defined with respect to people.

4 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Sustainable Development …development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987

5 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Sustainable Rangeland Ecosystems

6 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Sustainable Productive Capacity

7 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Sustainable Communities and Economies

8 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 International Background Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992 Climate change Climate change Biological diversity Biological diversity Forest principles Forest principles Agenda 21 – plan for achieving sustainable development in the 21 st century. Agenda 21 – plan for achieving sustainable development in the 21 st century.

9 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 International Background 1993 – International seminar on sustainable development of boreal and temperate forest in Montreal – International seminar on sustainable development of boreal and temperate forest in Montreal. Working group on criteria and indicators for the conservation and sustainable management of temperate and boreal forest – the Montreal Process. Working group on criteria and indicators for the conservation and sustainable management of temperate and boreal forest – the Montreal Process Santiago Declaration – 7 Criteria and 67 Indicators – temperate and boreal forests Santiago Declaration – 7 Criteria and 67 Indicators – temperate and boreal forests.

10 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 U. S. Background Roundtable on Sustainable Forests Roundtable on Sustainable Forests Sustainable Minerals Roundtable Sustainable Minerals Roundtable 1999 – First meeting on Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable – First meeting on Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable – First meeting of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable – First meeting of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable.

11 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable A stakeholders process for identifying a set of criteria and indicators (C&I) for assessing rangeland sustainability. The C&I describe individual elements to determine trends in resource conditions, management, economic benefits, and social values derived from rangelands.

12 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Vision We envision a future in which: Rangelands in the US provide a desired mix of economic, ecological, and social benefits to current and future generations There are widely accepted and used criteria and indicators for monitoring and assessing the economic, social, and ecological sustainability of rangelands.

13 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Mission The SRR will promote social, ecological, and economic sustainability of rangelands through the development and widespread use of the criteria and indicators for rangeland assessments, and by providing a forum for dialogue on sustainability of rangelands.

14 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Guiding Principles 1. Collectively, indicators should guide monitoring efforts to measure rangeland sustainability in the U.S. at the national scale. Indicators should guide monitoring efforts at multiple scales.

15 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Guiding Principles 2. Ensure that the indicators employ the appropriate temporal and spatial scales for assessing the criteria. 3. Collectively, C&I will address social, ecological, and economic aspects of sustainability.

16 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Guiding Principles 4. Use a C&I framework as a common language and operational framework for defining and assessing sustainability. Begin by considering C&I of SFR.

17 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Guiding Principles 5. Review and consider other indicator initiatives. 6. Numerous political questions related to rangelands. We will focus on vision-mission agreed to by SRR.

18 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Guiding Principles 7. Process will feature outreach to stakeholders, open dialogue, and respect for differing opinions. 8. The SRR will be supportive of and compatible with improved on-the- ground management of rangelands.

19 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Participants Over 50 organizations have had representation; over 100 individuals Over 50 organizations have had representation; over 100 individuals Agencies – Federal, State, Local Agencies – Federal, State, Local Professional Organizations Professional Organizations Universities Universities Conservation Organizations Conservation Organizations Producer groups Producer groups

20 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable Open, positive, future-focused Open, positive, future-focused Values and respects all opinions and contributions of participants Values and respects all opinions and contributions of participants The group determines the outcomes The group determines the outcomes Facilitated and interactive Facilitated and interactive Uses Delphi process between meetings Uses Delphi process between meetings

21 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Facilitation Facilitator has experience with Sustainable Minerals Roundtable Facilitator has experience with Sustainable Minerals Roundtable Facilitator has over 30 years experience with Forest Service Facilitator has over 30 years experience with Forest Service Facilitator works closely with SRR leadership Facilitator works closely with SRR leadership Has been a vital part of the SRR process Has been a vital part of the SRR process

22 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Collaborative Delphi Continues to develop ideas between meetings Continues to develop ideas between meetings Open-ended questions in an iterative process Open-ended questions in an iterative process Individual responses are anonymous Individual responses are anonymous Keeps participants engaged in SRR Keeps participants engaged in SRR

23 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Meetings 4 in 2001, 5 in 2002, 3 in in 2001, 5 in 2002, 3 in 2003 Denver, Salt Lake City, Reno, San Antonio, Tucson, Washington DC, Billings, San Diego, Fort Meyers, Albuquerque, Jackson Hole, Portland Denver, Salt Lake City, Reno, San Antonio, Tucson, Washington DC, Billings, San Diego, Fort Meyers, Albuquerque, Jackson Hole, Portland Local participants Local participants Phoenix Planning Meeting, Dec Phoenix Planning Meeting, Dec Boise, October 2003 Boise, October 2003

24 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Organization Steering Committee Steering Committee Criterion Groups Criterion Groups Goal Groups Goal Groups Working Groups – Scale, Definitions, Examples Working Groups – Scale, Definitions, Examples Ad hoc groups for special events Ad hoc groups for special events SRR Staff SRR Staff

25 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Team SRR Co-Conveners: SRR Co-Conveners: Tom Bartlett, Colorado State University Tom Bartlett, Colorado State University John Mitchell, Rocky Mountain Research Station, FS John Mitchell, Rocky Mountain Research Station, FS Facilitator: Lou Romero, de LaPorte & Assoc Facilitator: Lou Romero, de LaPorte & Assoc Kristie Maczko, Rocky Mountain Station Kristie Maczko, Rocky Mountain Station Hotel arrangements Hotel arrangements Notes Notes Communications Communications

26 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Team Helen Rowe, Colorado State University Helen Rowe, Colorado State University Delphi Process Delphi Process Web page Web page Communications Communications

27 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Team Steering Committee Steering Committee Co-Chairs: Tom Bartlett and John Mitchell Co-Chairs: Tom Bartlett and John Mitchell Steve Borchard, WO, BLM Steve Borchard, WO, BLM Lori Hidinger, ESA Lori Hidinger, ESA Dennis Thompson, NRCS Dennis Thompson, NRCS Larry Bryant, WO, FS Larry Bryant, WO, FS Paul Geissler, USGS Paul Geissler, USGS Ex-officio – Kristie Maczko, Helen Rowe Ex-officio – Kristie Maczko, Helen Rowe

28 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Support Time and effort of all individuals and organizations participating. Time and effort of all individuals and organizations participating. USDA Forest Service USDA Forest Service Colorado State University Colorado State University Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management U.S. Geological Survey U.S. Geological Survey Additional partners Additional partners

29 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Outreach Efforts Presentation, NCBA, Denver, August 2001 Presentation, NCBA, Denver, August 2001 Symposium at Society for Range Management, Kansas City, Jan Symposium at Society for Range Management, Kansas City, Jan Washington, DC Briefing, May 2002 Washington, DC Briefing, May 2002 Panel at NCBA, Reno, July, 2002 Panel at NCBA, Reno, July, 2002 Indicator Workshop at Ecological Society of America, Tucson, August 2002 Indicator Workshop at Ecological Society of America, Tucson, August 2002 Tradeshow, American Farm Bureau, Tampa, Jan Tradeshow, American Farm Bureau, Tampa, Jan. 2003

30 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Outreach Efforts Workshop on Data Sets at Society for Range Management, Casper, Feb Workshop on Data Sets at Society for Range Management, Casper, Feb Booth, American Farmland Trust, Monterey, March 2003 Booth, American Farmland Trust, Monterey, March 2003 Meetings, Seminars, Luncheon, Reception, Washington DC, May 2003 Meetings, Seminars, Luncheon, Reception, Washington DC, May 2003 International Rangeland Congress, Durbin, South Africa, July 2003 International Rangeland Congress, Durbin, South Africa, July 2003

31 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Outreach Efforts Evening Session, Ecological Society of America, Savannah, August 2003 Evening Session, Ecological Society of America, Savannah, August 2003 Presentation & Tradeshow, Grazing Conference, Nashville, Dec Presentation & Tradeshow, Grazing Conference, Nashville, Dec. 2003

32 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Criteria & Indicators Criteria and indicators described here represent the current development. Criteria and indicators described here represent the current development. The indicators may be refined as the SRR advances towards a widely accepted set for monitoring and assessing rangeland sustainability. The indicators may be refined as the SRR advances towards a widely accepted set for monitoring and assessing rangeland sustainability.

33 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 SRR Criteria Conservation and Maintenance of Soil and Water Resources Conservation and Maintenance of Soil and Water Resources Conservation and Maintenance of Plant and Animal Resources on Rangelands Conservation and Maintenance of Plant and Animal Resources on Rangelands Maintenance of Productive Capacity on Rangeland Ecosystems Maintenance of Productive Capacity on Rangeland Ecosystems

34 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 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

35 Intro Aug. 19, 2003 Future Direction: Five Goals Continue criteria and indicator development and refinement, including data sets Continue criteria and indicator development and refinement, including data sets Coordination Coordination Enhanced outreach Enhanced outreach Sustainability research Sustainability research Funding and support Funding and support


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