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Report
The Purpose & Process
of the Sustainable
Rangelands Roundtable
E. Tom Bartlett, Helen I.
Rowe, Kristie Maczko
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Sustainable Rangelands
Roundtable
A group of stakeholders involved in
meetings to identify a set of criteria and
indicators (C&I) for measurement of
rangeland sustainability.
The C&I describe individual elements to
assess to determine trends in resource
conditions, management, economic
benefits, and social values derived from
rangeland.
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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.”
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Sustainable Development
Ensuring human well-being while
respecting ecosystem well-being and
the earth’s environmental limits and
capacities.
 Encompasses environmental and social
issues, as well as economic activity.
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International Background
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Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992
Climate change
 Biological diversity
 Forest principles
 Agenda 21 – plan for achieving sustainable
development in the 21st century.
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International Background
1993 – 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.
 1995 Santiago Declaration – 7 Criteria and 67
Indicators – temperate and boreal forests.
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U. S. Background
Roundtable on Sustainable Forests
 Sustainable Minerals Roundtable
 1999 – First meeting on Sustainable
Rangelands Roundtable.
 2001 – First meeting of the Sustainable
Rangelands Roundtable.
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Sustainable Rangelands
Roundtable
Open
 Positive
 Future focused
 Dynamic
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Agenda
 Members
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Values and respects all opinions and
contributions of members
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Sustainable Rangelands
Roundtable
The group determines the outcomes.
 Identify indicators for Sustainable
Rangelands
 Indicators are suitable nationwide.
 Gain from other efforts:
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Roundtable on Sustainable Forests
 Sustainable Minerals Roundtable
 Heinz, EPA, TNC
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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SRR Guiding Principles
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.
2.
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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 RSF.
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SRR Guiding Principles
Review and consider other
indicator initiatives.
6. Numerous political questions
related to rangelands. We will
focus on vision-mission agreed
to by SRR.
5.
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SRR Guiding Principles
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-theground management of
rangelands.
7.
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Benefits of the Work of SRR
Provide a common framework for
monitoring and assessing progress
towards sustainable rangeland
management.
 Monitor changes in social, ecological,
and economic aspect of rangeland
sustainability.
 Wade & Reuwsaat will cover the details
of benefits.
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Roundtable Meetings
Facilitated and Interactive
 Agenda: Will be sent before each
meeting of the Roundtable
 Meetings will be two days
 Morning of the first day
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Update new members
 Introduction
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Roundtable Meetings
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Remainder of the first day.
Agenda will have the starting point.
 One or more presentations related to the
topic for the meeting.
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Agenda is flexible to fit needs, progress,
and dynamics of the group.
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Facilitator adjusts agenda.
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Roundtable Meetings
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At the end of day two:
We will decide what we have attained.
 We will determine the topics for the Delphi
process between the meetings.
 We will agree on a rough agenda for the
next meeting.
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Collaborative Delphi
Building between meetings.
 Continue to develop ideas.
 Obtain discussion and agreement on
products of the previous meeting.
 Discuss needs for the next meeting.
 To be successful, SRR members must
participate and exchange ideas.
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Collaborative Delphi
Open-ended or opinion questions sent
out to participants.
 Responses are analyzed and
summarized.
 Individual responses are anonymous.
 Process is iterative.
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SRR Working Groups
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Outreach Working Group
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Coordination Working Group
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Tom Roberts, BLM
Scale Working Group
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Lori Hidinger, Ecological Society of Amer.
Paul Geissler, USGS
Definition Working Group
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John Tanaka, Oregon State Univ.
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SRR Team
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Co-Chairs:
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Tom Bartlett, Colorado State University
John Mitchell, Rocky Mountain Research Station,
FS
Facilitator: Lou Romero, de LaPorte & Assoc
 Kristie Maczko, Rocky Mountain Station
 Helen Rowe, Colorado State University
 Alison Hill, Larry Bryant, Mike Manfredo
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SRR Team
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Steering Committee
Co-Chairs: Tom Bartlett and John Mitchell
 Tom Reuwsaat, WO, BLM
 Evert Byington, WO, ARS
 Alison Hill, WO, FS
 Larry Bryant, WO, FS
 Paul Geissler, USGS
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SRR Time Line
Would like to be done by 2003.
 Nine Meetings:
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2001
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Four meetings in 2001; five in 2002.
April – Denver
June – Salt Lake City
July – Reno
Nov. – San Antonio
Dynamic
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Schedule of Meetings
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2002
Tucson, AZ
 Denver,CO
 Washington, DC
 Billings, MT
 San Diego, CA
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Jan. 9-10, 2002
March 26-27, 2002
May 29-30, 2002
July 30-31, 2002
Oct., 2002
2003
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Florida, Albuquerque, D.C.
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SRR Support
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Time and effort of all individuals and
organizations participating.
USDA Forest Service
Colorado State University
Bureau of Land Management
US Geological Survey
Agricultural Research Service
Additional partners
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Products of SRR
Symposium and Proceedings at the 2002 SRM
Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO
 Symposium at ESA Meeting in Tucson, AZ on
August 4,2002
 Report on Sustainable Rangelands in Spring,
2003.
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First Approximation Report – June 2003.
Complement report on sustainable forest
management.
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SRR Criteria
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Maintenance of ecological health and
diversity of rangelands.
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Rod Heitschmidt & Linda Joyce
Conservation of soil and water
resources on rangelands.
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Sherm Karl
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SRR Criteria
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Maintenance of productive capacity on
rangeland ecosystems.
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Dennis Child
Maintenance and enhancement of
multiple economic and social benefits to
current and future generations.
John Tanaka & Allen Torell
 Mark Brunson
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SRR Criteria
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Legal, institutional, and economic
framework for rangeland conservation
and sustainable management.
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Tom Lustig
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Please Complete &
Return One-Page
Questionnaire.
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