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30 October 2020 Holistic Perspectives—Understanding Rancher Experiences with Holistic Resource Management to Bridge the Gap Between Rancher and Researcher Perspectives
Erin Barton, Drew E. Bennett, William Burnidge
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Abstract
  • Holistic Resource Management (HRM) is a ranch management strategy plagued by controversy; experimental evidence from ecological studies has consistently failed to support that HRM provides ecological benefits, yet many ranchers staunchly support the method.

  • Using a qualitative approach, we found that the HRM processes used on four case study ranches in eastern Colorado provided a systematic framework for key ranch stakeholders to improve long-term, adaptive approaches to managing ranches as complex socioecological systems.

  • Notably, the ranchers emphasized the planning benefits of HRM over the grazing benefits, suggesting the value of the system is not in how the cattle are grazed but in how it changes the way ranchers make decisions about how to graze their cattle and manage the many other complexities of operating a ranch.

  • Approaching HRM as a planning framework versus as a grazing strategy may be a key factor in the difference in claims between ranchers practicing HRM and researchers studying grazing systems.

© 2020 The Society for Range Management.
Erin Barton, Drew E. Bennett, and William Burnidge "Holistic Perspectives—Understanding Rancher Experiences with Holistic Resource Management to Bridge the Gap Between Rancher and Researcher Perspectives," Rangelands 42(5), 143-150, (30 October 2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2020.05.003
Published: 30 October 2020
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