Reducing Livestock Effects on Public Lands in the Western United States as the Climate Changes: A Reply to Svejcar et al. Public Deposited

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  • Beschta et al. (2013) synthesized the ecological effects 41 of climate change and ungulate grazing on western public lands, grounding their recommendations in ecological considerations and federal agency legal authority and obligations. Svejcar et al. (2014) suggest that Beschta et al. (2013) neither “present a balanced synthesis of the scientific literature” nor “reflect the complexities associated with herbivore grazing.” Svejcar et al. (2014) “dispute the notion that eliminating [livestock] grazing will provide a solution to problems created by climate change,” although we made no such claim. Instead, Beschta et al. (2013: p. 474) indicate that removal or reduction of livestock across large areas of public land will reduce a pervasive ecological stress, diminishing cumulative impacts on these ecosystems under climate change. We respond to three livestock grazing issues raised by Svejcar et al. (2014): (1) legacy vs. contemporary effects, (2) fuels reduction and fire effects, and (3) grazing complexity and restoration.
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  • Beschta, R. L., Donahue, D. L., DellaSala, D. A., Rhodes, J. J., Karr, J. R., O’Brien, M. H., ... & Williams, C. D. (2014). Reducing Livestock Effects on Public Lands in the Western United States as the Climate Changes: A Reply to Svejcar et al. Environmental Management, 53(6), 1039-1042. doi:10.1007/s00267-014-0263-5
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