Women are an important presence in the ranching and rangeland management fields, taking active roles in grazing plan development and rangeland monitoring. However, women's voices have traditionally been absent from studies of the diffusion of innovation, land management decision-making and the design of rangeland research outreach programs. Further study is needed to determine if women have distinct needs for the content and structure of outreach programming and if family level decision-making is a driving force for rangeland innovation adoption. This presentation outlines: 1) the results of a literature review and a research agenda concerning how female ranch operators and their families make management decisions, and how women's experiences can inform the design of future outreach programming and 2) an extension program focused on providing women with basic natural resource science while illustrating the development and use of techniques to improve the management of their rangelands.
"Range Women: Integrating Women's Voices into Rangeland Management Research and Extension Design."
Rachel Mealor1, Hailey Wilmer2 --- 1Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA, 2Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA