What is rangeland health?
We use the term "rangeland health" to mean the ability of rangeland to perform certain key functions. The term health conveys
the meaning that all parts that make up the whole, are present and working together.
Recently, within the range scientific community, there has been a move to define rangeland health on a broader list of functions.
For rangelands, the functions of healthy range include:
- Net primary production
- Maintenance of soil/site stability
- Capture and beneficial release of water
- Nutrient and energy cycling
- Functional diversity of plant species
Rangeland health monitoring
The Alberta Rangeland Health Task Group has developed a short form that can be used to monitor the functions and assess
the health of the various rangeland plant community types.
This monitoring information, coupled with detailed range inventories, has allowed the department
to develop detailed ecological classifications and determine the health of rangelands on public land.
The range health tool is also available for use by:
- The ranching public
- Researchers and other resource managers
Rangeland health workbook and field worksheets
Field Worksheets and Score Sheets
Updated: May 4, 2017