Knowledge is required to help solve a perceived conflict in the use and value of
rangelands in Florida. It has become increasingly important to understand how livestock
production can be increased, and how these increases affect wildlife, water quality and
soil nutrients, and at the same time, how environmental and biodiversity regulations
affect the livestock industry. A state-wide, comparitive, and interdisciplinary approach
must be taken to understand the complex interactions of animal production, range plants,
wildlife populations (including game), water and soil dynamics, and management decisions.
1. To use an integrated,
2. To develop
strategies and research for economically-viable livestock industries, while sustaining
rangelands, enhancing wildlife, and protecting water and soil resources;
3. To make new
knowledge available to targeted audiences to facilitate informed management and regulatory
decisions regarding livestock, rangelands, wildlife, and water and soil resources.
© 1999 UF/IFAS Range Science Program, Dept.
of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
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