Whether you are a producer, teacher, conservation or resource professional, amateur botanist, naturalist, student or someone looking for information about rangelands out your back door, the Rangeland Center has a myriad of resources that can offer something for everyone.
For a list of rangeland programs and degrees, please visit the College of Natural Resources Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences.
Backpack Guide to Idaho Range Plants
Idaho's vast rangeland landscapes are rich with diverse plant life that can intrigue the curious and observant naturalist. This full-color guide is designed to help readers learn to recognize some of the most common and important rangeland plants in Idaho.
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A Field Guide to Grasses and Grass-Like Plants of Idaho
Grasses and grass-like plants are key to the productivity, function and diversity of Idaho's rangelands, wetlands and forests. Learn to identify almost 100 plant species and understand the value of these plants with this one of a kind publication. Rich photographs and detailed drawings fill this visually engaging plant identification book.
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Idaho Grasses App for Android and iOS
The UI Rangeland Center helped produce an app that contains 100+ grasses and grass-like plants, complete with common and scientific names, flowering period, colorful photographs, distribution maps and much, much more. Filters and search features make this app perfect for use in the field. Find the app in Google Play or the App Store. Click here to view the End User License Agreement.
Idaho Rangeland Atlas
The Idaho Rangeland Atlas provides a simple interface to gather facts about the state of Idaho’s rangelands. Data is aggregated from several public sources to illustrate information such as land cover, livestock and fires. >> View the Idaho Rangeland Atlas.
Landowner Guide to Sage-grouse Habitat in Idaho
This guidebook helps land owners and managers recognize characteristics of productive and unfavorable sage-grouse habitat, prompting informed approaches to management and conservation. The focus is on ranching, as opposed to other land use activities, because livestock grazing is the primary land use that occurs in sage-grouse habitat. Download PDF
Take your knowledge of rangeland across the globe with this media-rich website. Explore videos, gigapans and photos of vegetation regions across the continents. >>World Rangelands Learning Experience
For over a decade of summers, rangeland professors have been training teachers how to teach their students concepts of rangeland ecology and management. Working under a shared vision of promoting rangeland education in Idaho, we partner with the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission to provide high quality summer continuing education workshops. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on current offerings.
Curriculum Resources for High Schools
Getting science-based information into the hands of educators not only saves them time but it helps us increase public awareness of the many ecosystem benefits rangelands provide to society. Young people connect science, math, critical thinking and communication skills and better understand the wealth of career options in natural resources and land management across the globe. After all—today's youth are tomorrow's leaders.
>> Teacher Resource Guide for Rangeland Principles
>> Teacher Resource Guide for Ecology and Natural Resource Science
Career Development Events
The FFA program has a long history of educating young people about the importance of agriculture and natural resource disciplines. The Rangeland Center coordinates the following Career Development Events designed to help youth make more informed career choices:
>> Idaho State Rangeland Assessment CDE
>> Idaho State Environment and Natural Resources CDE
>> Western National Rangeland CDE
Dual-credit Rangeland Principles Course
The University of Idaho offers dual-credit courses at several high schools throughout the state. We offer Rangeland Principles, a freshman-level introductory course which focuses on ecological principles and the modern challenges of rangeland management. Contact Dr. April Hulet email@example.com for more information.
Looking for good places to go for more information? Check out some of our go-to sources under these topic headings:
Basic Agricultural and Natural Resources Information
Climate and Weather
- NOAA Regional Climate Centers
- National Climatic Data Center
- NRCS SNOTEL Precipitation Records
- U.S. Drought Monitor
- Climate Prediction Center
- US Climate Data
- Grazing Management an Ecological Perspective -- Online Textbook
- Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation, and Ecosystem Management
- Forage Information System
- Grazing Lands Technical Publications
- Range Science Information Database
- National Invasive Species Info
- Online Photo Gallery of Weeds
- Weed Identification - Illinois Council on Food & Agric. Research
- USDA PLANTS Database
- Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria
- USFS Celebrating Wildflowers
- Range Plants of Utah
- Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses
- Noble Foundation Plant Image Gallery of the Southern Great Plains
- Plants of Texas Rangelands
- Plants of Washington
- Native American Ethnobotany Database
Science-based summaries on emerging topics that are relevant to rangelands and people.
David Little Livestock Range Management Endowment
Established in 1981 for the purpose of organizing research, extension and educational programs dedicated to the study of more efficient uses of Idaho’s rangelands for livestock forage production.