Rangeland Health Standards were developed specifically to answer the question, "How can the BLM provide continued, sustainable multiple use of the public lands?"
Rangelands should either be meeting the Standards for their area or making significant progress toward meeting them. On rangelands where Standards are being met, nutrients, water and energy are cycling properly, and they can sustain livestock grazing, provide suitable habitat for wild species and help maintain a more natural pattern in the area's fire regime.
Standards are not "all of the above." Not every Standard applies to every area, allotment or pasture in a State. The goal is protecting the various resources found in a particular area, not requiring that every possible rangeland resource be found on every acre.
Monitoring is the primary tool for assessing rangeland health and evaluating condition and trend to determine whether Standards are being met or progress is evident.