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Teacher information
Teacher Information!

  • Necessary materials:

    • PowerPoint Guide

Values of rangelands

Values of Rangelands

Rangelands, Forests, & Fire

Students will be able to
Students will be able to…

  • Define multiple use

  • Identify and discuss the benefits

    and uses of rangeland

Multiple use
Multiple Use

  • Because rangelands have many important uses, most rangelands are managed under principles of multiple-use

  • Several uses or values of rangeland are managed simultaneously with care to avoid overuse or destruction of natural resources.

What is rangeland good for
What is rangeland good for?

  • Livestock production

  • Wildlife habitat

  • Water

  • Minerals (oil, coal, sulfur)

  • Native plant products

  • Recreation

  • Open space

  • Western Heritage

Livestock production
Livestock Production

  • Livestock production on rangeland is very important to supply meat for American and World populations and also for leather, wool, mohair, and other products that livestock yield.

  • Range livestock production is Idaho’s major agricultural activity in terms of land used and cash receipts

  • What are the main range

    livestock species?

  • Wildlife habitat
    Wildlife Habitat

    • Rangelands provide habitat for countless mammals, birds, amphibians, fishes, and insects.

    • Of the total number of animal species found in the United States

      • 84% of the mammals,

      • 74% of the birds,

      • 58% of the amphibians and

      • 38% of the fishes are represented in rangeland ecosystems.


    • Most of the water in the streams and river of Idaho fell initially on rangeland or forests. Therefore, proper management of rangeland requires careful attention to the amount & quality of water that flows off rangeland


    • Idaho hosts a wide array of mineral resources

      • Gold in north, central and southern Idaho

      • Silver, lead and zinc in the north

      • Molybdenum and cobalt in central Idaho

      • Phosphate in southeast Idaho

    UI Special Collections


    Native plant products
    Native Plant Products

    • Eating Wild on Public Lands!

    • A variety of wild foods are found in Idaho

      • Camas

      • Huckleberries

      • Pinenuts

    William & Wilma Follette @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database


    • Rangelands are increasingly important for recreational uses such as:

      • Hiking

      • Hunting

      • Camping

      • Mountain biking

      • Cross-country skiing

      • Snowmobiling

    Open space
    Open Space

    • People in the west value open space

    • Livestock ranches are becoming “working wilderness” to maintain biodiversity and wildlife habitat quality

    • Environmentally concerned citizens have paid ranchers to maintain open space through scenic easements

    Western heritage
    Western Heritage

    • Legacy of the Cowboy

    • Long-history of ranching families in Idaho


    • Can you…

      • Define multiple use?

      • Identify and discuss the benefits and uses of rangeland?