The Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable (SRR):
- Focused on identification of social, ecological, and economic indicators of Rangeland Sustainability.
- Promotes understanding among diverse interest groups, and private and public organizations and agencies.
- Includes representatives from non-governmental organizations, public and private land management professionals, rangeland scientists, and university researchers.
- Meets frequently to identify and develop indicators and models of Rangeland Sustainability.
- Welcomes new participants and stakeholders interested in Sustainable Rangelands.
We envision a future in which: Rangelands in the United States (1) provide a desired mix of economic, ecological, and social benefits to current and future generations; and (2) Criteria and indicators for monitoring and assessing the economic, social, and ecological sustainability of rangelands are widely accepted and used.
What We Do
Mission Statement: The SRR will promote social, ecological, and economic sustainability of rangelands through the development and widespread use of the criteria and indicators for rangeland assessments, and by providing a forum for dialogue on sustainability of rangelands.
In April 1999, the USDA Forest Service hosted the Rangelands Criteria and Indicators (C & I) for Sustainability Workshop to discuss sustainability of rangelands and decide whether the C&I would be an appropriate means of measuring progress towards this goal. The 1999 Sustainability Workshop set the stage for the meeting process to begin. For more information on the specific meetings, go to the meetings page.
Criteria & Indicators
Without an effective way to accurately monitor social, ecological and economic aspects of rangeland sustainability, it is difficult to measure progress toward sustainability. In recent years federal land management agencies have been criticized for a lack of consistent, standardized indicators for reporting the status of rangelands. We need consistent, national baseline information to provide a common language and standards for assessment and planning that will lead to proper and effective decision making. A comprehensive set of "Criteria and Indicators" should provide this tool.
The SRR has identified a set of Criteria and Indicators (C&I). Click here to see the latest list of SRR Core Criteria and Indicators.
SRR Guiding Principles
- Collectively, indicators should guide monitoring efforts to measure rangeland sustainability in the U.S. at the national scale. Where possible, indicators should guide monitoring efforts to measure rangeland sustainability at multiple scales.
- Ensure that the indicators employ the appropriate temporal and spatial scales for assessing the criteria.
- Collectively, criteria and indicators will address social, ecological, and economic aspects of sustainability.
- Use a criteria and indicator framework as a common language and operational framework for defining and assessing sustainability. Begin by considering the criteria and indicator framework of the RSF.
- Review and consider, as appropriate, other indicator initiatives.
- There are numerous policy questions related to rangelands. We will focus on the vision-mission agreed to by the SRR.
- The Roundtable process will feature outreach to stakeholders, open dialogue, and respect for differing opinions.
- The SRR will be supportive of and compatible with improved on-the-ground management of rangelands.