The Rangelands Partnership (formerly Western Rangelands Partnership), along with the eXtensionÂ Rangeland Stewardship and Health (RSH) Community of Practice, actively collaborate to provide a variety of information resources to the rangeland community.Â Â These resources serve the Land-Grant University (LGU) mission integrating research, education, and Extension knowledge, and support the information needs of multiple audiences.Â A database of more than 13,000 full-text articles, conference proceedings, reports, videos, maps, and websites includes research results relevant for scientists, professionals, land managers, and students.Â Included in the database are the back files of SRM journals, previously unavailable proceedings from the Australian Rangeland Society, and worldwide rangeland materials from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.Â Moving to expand global content, the University of Hermosillo in Mexico is in the process of developing a â€œSonora Rangelandsâ€ site.Â Searches can be customized to limit to specific topics, authors, geographic locations, and other attributes.Â Unique educational resources include sections on â€œCareers and Educationâ€, â€œOnline Coursesâ€ and â€œLearning Objects.â€Â Â In addition, Extension/outreach resources for the broader public include videos, fact sheets, and FAQs that interpret findings from scholarly, peer-reviewed literature.Â To inform audiences about current issues, the RangelandsWest.org<http://RangelandsWest.org> site provides a collection of summaries and information resources on â€œhot topicsâ€ such as grazing on public lands, wildlife, climate, and invasive species.Â Included are legal and public policy aspects.Â Â The Rangelands Partnership and RSH CoP involve members representing 19 Land-Grant universities, each developing their own local state rangelands website focusing on the needs of their specific clientele.
AT YOUR FINGERTIPS! WORLDWIDE RANGELANDS INFORMATION FROM THE RANGELANDS PARTNERSHIP
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