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OVERGRAZING IS A term without a precise scientific meaning. Yet, it is widely used and its use has enormous implications for the management of live stock and wildlife and for the livelihoods of individuals and societies throughout the world. It is called one of the most destructive human practices on earth. It is said to be harmful to vegetation and wildlife and to cause soil erosion and desertification. But without a precise definition, these claims have no real meaning, nor can they be proved or disproved.

Range management is a profession that uses range science and practical experience to maintain and improve grazing system components (plants, animals, soil, water) and the production of goods and services from rangelands in combinations needed by society. Range management defines ...

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