Rangeland Ecology & Management

Rangeland Ecology & Management

The Rangeland Ecology & Management major is offered through the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition & Veterinary Science (ANVS). The curriculum provides a solid, interdisciplinary foundation for science-based decision making in natural resource management. Students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to integrate information about plant communities, soils, wildlife species, livestock use, watershed functions, geographical information systems and land use policy to conserve and restore rangeland ecosystems.

The curricula meets U.S. Civil Service requirements for range conservationist and soil conservationist. It is possible, with a few additional courses, to meet U.S. Civil Service requirements for soil scientist and ecologist. Students with such training are generally employed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Forest Service, or private companies involved in reclamation, monitoring or management of rangelands.

Contact Information

Barry Perryman
Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor

Phone: (775) 784-1265
e-mail: bperryman@cabnr.unr.edu
Office: 232a Max Fleischmann Agriculture Building, UNR Main Campus

Sherman Swanson
Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-4057
e-mail: sswanson@cabnr.unr.edu
Office: 241 Max Fleischmann Ag Bldg, UNR Campus

Highlights

Rangelands are the world's largest land type. Comprising over 40% of the Earth's land, rangelands consist of prairies, grasslands, deserts, alpine, savanna, marshes and some types of forests. These lands are extremely productive and rich in biodiversity providing:

  • A source of high quality water, clean air and open spaces
  • Essential wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration
  • An environment for recreation such as hiking, camping, hunting and fishing
  • Economic means for agriculture, mining and local communities
  • A setting for social, cultural and aesthetic activities

The Rangeland Ecology & Management Program

The Rangeland Ecology & Management major is offered through the department of Agriculture, Nutrition & Veterinary Science (ANVS). The curriculum provides a solid, interdisciplinary foundation for science-based decision making in natural resource management.