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RMRS-P-40: Grasslands ecosystems, endangered species, and sustainable ranching in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands: Conference proceedings

Basurto, Xavier; Hadley, Diana, eds. 2006. Grasslands ecosystems, endangered species, and sustainable ranching in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands: Conference proceedings. Proc. RMRS-P-40. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 126 p.

The semi-arid grasslands in the Mexico-United States border region are relatively intact and provide one of the best opportunities in North America to preserve and nurture an extensive series of grassland ecosystems. The conference was organized to increase appreciation for the importance of the remaining semi-arid grasslands and to create a platform for expanding the integration of natural and social sciences among individuals and organizations. The conference was attended by ranchers, environmentalists, academics, and agency personnel from both nations. Main topics include grassland ecology and biodiversity, management and conservation, and sustainable borderland ranching. Endangered species management, especially of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus), was an important topic. Oral presentations were in English or Spanish, with simultaneous translations, and the papers have been printed in both languages. The conference revealed the ties between ecological processes and environmental conditions in the Borderland grasslands and the cultural and economic priorities of the human communities who depend on them. This recognition should enable interested people and groups to work together to achieve satisfactory solutions to the challenges of the future.

Keywords: semi-arid grasslands, endangered species, sustainable ranching, Mexico-U.S. borderlands

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Towards Place-Based Borderlands Grassland Conservation
Hacia la Conservacion de Pastizales en Tierras Fronterizas
Diana Hadley, Xavier Basurto
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Mac Donaldson Empire Ranch
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Section I: Grassland Ecology and Biodiversity
Ecología y Biodiversidad Pastizales

Grassland Ecology and Diversity
Ecología y Diversidad de Pastizales
Laurie B. Abbott
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Status and Distribution of Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands in the United States and Mexico
Evaluación del Estado y Distribución de los Pastizales del Desierto Chihuahuense en los Estados Unidos y México
Martha Desmond, Jennifer Atchley Montoya
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Fire Ecology and Management in Grasslands of the American Southwest
Ecología de Fuego y Manejo de Pastizales en el Sudoeste Norteamericano
Guy R. McPherson
PDF File Size: 110 K

Verterbrate Diversity in Northwestern Chihuahua, Mexico
Diversidad de Vertebrados del Noroeste de Chihuahua, México
Jesús Pacheco, Gerardo Ceballos, Georgina Santos, Rurik List, Patricia Manzano, Juan Cruzado
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Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles Associated With Grasslands of Janos­Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico
La Diversidad de Anfibios y Reptiles Asociada a los Pastizales de Janos-casas Grandes, Chihuahua, México
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Jesús Pacheco-Rodríguez
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The Importance of Maintaining Carnivores in Wildlands
La Importancia de Mantener Carnívoros en Áreas Silvestres
Dave Foreman
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Section II: Management and Conservation
Conservación y Manejo

Grasslands of Mexico: A Perspective on Their Conservation
Los Pastizales del Norte de México: Una Perspectiva Para Su Conservación
Patricia Manzano, Rurik List
PDF File Size: 155 K

A Multi-state Approach to Black-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation and Management in the United States
Enfoque Multi-estatal Para la Conservación y Manejo del Perro Llanero de Cola Negra en Los Estados Unidos
Robert J. Luce
PDF File Size: 140 K

Initial Results of Experimental Studies of Prairie Dogs in Arid Grasslands: Implications for Landscape Conservation and the Importance of Scale
Resultados Iniciales de Estudios Experimentales en Perros Llaneros de Pastizales Áridos: Implicaciones Para la Conservación del Paisaje y la Importancia de Escala
Charles Curtin
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Grassland Rehabilitation
Rehabilitación de Pastizales
Mario Royo
PDF File Size: 130 K

Management Challenges for the Pronghorn in Chihuahua
Retos Al Manejo del Berrendo en Chihuahua
Manuel Valdés
PDF File Size: 90 K

Power-line Electrocution of Birds
Electrocución de Aves en Líneas Eléctricas en México
Patricia Manzano Fischer
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William Forbes
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Section III: Toward Sustainable Borderland Ranching
Hacia una Ganadería Sostenible en la Región de la Frontera

Current Situation of Rangelands in Mexico
Situación Actual de los Agostaderos
Alicia Melgoza-Castillo
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Ranching and Prairie Dogs
La Actividad Ganadera y los Perros Llaneros
Dustin Long Turner, Joe Truett Turner
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Coexistence With Predators
Coexistencia con Depredadores
Bill MacDonald, Mac Donaldson, Caren Cowan
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Value-added Beef Products
Productos Cárnicos con Valor Agregado
Mac Donaldson on behalf of Will and Jan Holder
PDF File Size: 65 K

Ranching and Conservation in the Santa Cruz River Region, Sonora: Milpillas Case Study
Ganadería y Conservación en la Región del Río Santa Cruz, Sonora: El Caso del Grupo Milpillas
Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar
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Installation of Devices in Water Tanks to Prevent Drowning of Wild Animals
Instalación de Estructuras Dentro de Tanques de Agua Para Evitar El Ahogamiento de Animales Silvestres
Alberto Lafón
PDF File Size: 490 K

Photo Essay: Trinchera Dams for Erosion Control and Streambed Restoration
Foto Ensayo: Trincheras Para Controlar la Erosion y Restaurar el Cauce de los Arroyos
Valer Austin, Josiah Austin
PDF File Size: 540 K

Sustainable Ranching: A New Paradigm
Ganadería Sustentable: Un Nuevo Paradigma
Iván Aguirre
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Voices From the Local Communities
Voces de las Comunidades Locales
Ma. Elena Baca Gómez, Jorge Cordero, Carmela Wallace, Alberto Lafón
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Section IV: Update

An Update on Conservation in the Janos-Casas Grandes Area
Rurik List
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Title: RMRS-P-40: Grasslands ecosystems, endangered species, and sustainable ranching in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands: Conference proceedings
Electronic Publish Date: May 9, 2006
Last Update:
May 9, 2006

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