From the Valley to the Badlands


North Dakota Envirothon




Learning Objectives


Information and examples provided will help Envirothon Teams understand the following:


1. Characteristics and location of rangeland in the Western United States and how it is currently
managed.


2. The percentage of land in the west that is federally controlled and allows multiple resource use.


3. Ways to protect water quality within western rangeland management.


4. How grazing is used as an effective management tool to control noxious weeds, reduce catastrophic wildfires, and improve wildlife habitat.


5. The current Best Management Practices (BMPs) for western rangelands and how they support livestock production, pest management, fire suppression, and wildlife habitat maintenance.


6. How different ecosystems (wetland, riparian, and upland areas) within the rangelands interact.


7. How the use of the land by humans, domestic livestock, and wildlife affects the plant community.


8. The rights of private landowners and citizens’ related to public land.

Key Topics

1. Grazing is a popular tool in western rangeland management. How can this tool be used to help manage the ecosystem?


2. What management strategies can help to reduce the spread and impact of noxious weeds?


3. How can western rangeland management have a positive impact on fire suppression, and how can the lack of management be a negative impact on fire suppression?


4. How can western rangeland management be used to maintain a balanced plant community to support livestock, sage grouse, as well as other wildlife and land uses?


5. How can rangeland managers balance livestock production (grazing) with the maintenance of water quality?


6. How can stakeholders with different values and opinions improve communication and working relationships to develop improved rangeland management strategies.