Using Local Knowledge of Rangelands to Inform Flexible Management in a Changing Climate
Climate change affects rangeland ecosystems and the livelihoods that depend on them. Idaho has large areas of public rangeland that support multiple uses, including livestock grazing. Ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) both manage the land year after year by using monitoring and observations to inform their management. Through qualitative analysis of interviews with local ranchers and BLM specialists in southern Idaho, I will learn what observations are being used to make management decisions on the land and when those decisions are occurring. The information from the project will allow us to identify aspects of observations, monitoring, or management in southern Idaho that may be affected by climate change. Identifying what aspects of ranchers’ and BLM specialists’ observations and management may be affected by climate change will be helpful for improving collaborative and flexible management of grazing on public rangelands in Idaho.