The Grazing Land Conservation Initiative Forum this year is about the Rangeland Sustainability Analysis System (RSA). Ranchers come under pressure and scrutiny from the public to demonstrate stewardship of the land they manage. The Ranching Sustainability Analysis System (RSA) was developed to help guide proper stewardship. The RSA is a self-assessment process that guides the rancher through a series of questions that cover social, economic, and natural resource aspects of 11 ranch-management categories. Anonymous summary scores allow ranchers to compare the operation to their peers and to track sustainability progress over time. Essential components for the ongoing implementation of the RSA are the strong support of a committee of ranchers, cattlemen associations, and voluntary participation. There are 7 important reasons for ranchers to participate in the RSA: Presents a fast and easy way to create your written record, Fosters communication among family, employees, and agencies, Demonstrates your dedication to stewardship, Stimulates creative thinking about good ranching practices, Acts as a non-regulatory tool that may help you with regulators, Provides a new way to measure your practices leading to additional profitability, Developed by ranchers who understand the needs of ranchers and land managers
Oral presentation and poster titles, abstracts, and authors from the Society for Range Management (SRM) Annual Meetings and Tradeshows, from 2013 forward.