IGN 11-4
Future directions of usable science for soil health and sustainable rangelands

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
345, Baltimore Convention Center
Chad R. Ellis, Agriculture Division, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK
Justin D. Derner, USDA-ARS, Rangeland Resources Research Unit, Cheyenne, WY
Charles Stanley, USDA-NRCS-Cntsc, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Fort Worth, TX
Healthy soils are fundamental to sustainable rangelands, enhancing resilience and productivity.  However, soil health is often overlooked, unless transformative changes occur. Benchmark events, like the 1930s Dust Bowl, highlight the importance of healthy soils for provision of ecosystem goods and services. Future directions of usable science for soil health should address: spatial aspects and sensitivity levels of indicators; influences of management practices and extreme events on these indicators; and effects of prescribed and wildfires.