The Need to Know and Understand, The Problem of Information Overload, and A Technique That Focuses on Relevant Information.
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THE NEED TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND
Understanding how environmental, economic or social indicators are affected by livestock grazing practices is essential to determining which ones are likely to help or hinder reaching management goals.
THE PROBLEM OF INFORMATION OVERLOAD
When there are only one or two issues and indicators of interest, it is fairly easy to evaluate and compare grazing practices when developing a management plan. However, when there are several relevant indicators, the amount of information to consider can be overwhelming
A TECHNIQUE THAT FOCUSES ON RELEVANT INFORMATION
To help rangeland managers focus on the relevant information, Understanding Livestock Grazing Impacts provides grazing impact charts that make it easier to compare how various management strategies are likely to affect the indicators of interest.
CREATING A GRAZING IMPACTS ANALYSIS WORKSHEET
The ability to create and print an informative analysis worksheet that addresses issues specific to your situation is a unique feature of the grazing impacts website. Rangeland consultants, educators, agency advisors and rangeland managers who need to present complex information in an understandable format can utilize an analysis worksheet to help focus a discussion on specific relevant points or include it in a document as part of a formal analysis process.
You can create a worksheet for your specific project with a simple five step process. A single worksheet may be suitable if your project is one pasture or all pastures/management units are very similar. When various pastures/management units have distinctly different issues, you may wish to create several worksheets that evaluate only the issues and indicators that apply to a specific pasture rather than your entire project.