Rangeland Management

Rangelands are valuable and extensive ecosystems within the Rio Grande National Forest and BLM Field Office, comprising about 93% of the public land in our area. They provide clean water, forage for grazing and browsing animals, cover for many wildlife species, and a variety of recreational opportunities for our visitors. Rangelands are of vital economic importance to our local communities. 

sheep grazing Bureau of Land Management sheep grazing in their winter range west of Monte Vista, Colorado. Vegetation is comprised primarily of Winterfat, Indian Rice Grass, and Squirreltail. Photo by Gary Snell.
Kelly Garcia on range Bancos-Alozon Sheep Allotment, Conejos Peak Ranger District. Kelly Garcia conducting Range Analysis at end of grazing season on South San Juan Wilderness sheep allotment. Photo by Amalia Montoya.
Fence & creek Wet meadow on the Spanish Creek Allotment after the 2006 grazing season, Saguache Ranger District. Photo by Gary Snell.


Monitoring is defined as "The orderly and quantitative collection, analysis and interpretation of resource data to evaluate progress toward meeting management objectives. The process must be conducted over time in order to determine whether or not management objectives are being met." (Society for Range Management, 1999.)