Summary The United States Northern Rockies region is experiencing more frequent and severe droughts. This trend has implications for the sustainable management of rangeland systems. Drought resilience across a large landscape is defined differently by multiple stakeholders according to their diverse interests, which include ranching livelihoods, wildlife connectivity, and watershed-based management.
Credit: Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative
We are conducting participatory research in the High Divide region of the Northern Rockies of Idaho and Montana, a semi-arid sagebrush steppe rangeland system. In coordination with a regional landscape collaborative, we convened focus groups that included representatives of multiple land management sectors – ranchers and staff of public land management agencies, land trusts, and other regional organizations. We are currently conducting interviews with stakeholders on tools for drought mitigation planning.
Uncover past experiences of drought and how those experiences differ across a diverse group of stakeholders
Co-define a drought resilient landscape for the High Divide region