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Fundamentals of Rangeland Health


Fundamentals of Rangeland Health   


Healthy Range

As provided by regulations, developed by the Secretary of the Interior on February 22, 1995, the following conditions must exist on BLM Lands:   



a) Watersheds are in, or making significant progress toward, properly functioning physical condition, including their upland, riparian‑wetland, and aquatic components; soil and plant conditions support infiltration, soil moisture storage, and the release of water that are in balance with climate and  landform and maintain or improve water quality, water quantity, and  timing and duration of  flow.                  


b) Ecological  processes, including,  the hydrologic cycle, nutrient cycle, and energyflow, are maintained, or there is significant progress toward their attainment, in order to support healthy  biotic populations and communities.  


c) Water quality complies with State water quality standards and achieves, or is making significant progress toward achieving established BLM management objectives such as meeting wildlife needs.   


d) Habitats are, or are making significant progress toward being, restored or maintained for Federal threatened and endangered species, Federal Proposed, Category 1 and 2 Federal candidate and other special status species.      


Utah's Standards for Rangeland Health and Guidelines for Grazing Management were developed in accordance with 43 CFR-4180 to provide for conformance with the Fundamentals of Rangeland Health.  Through conformance and attainment of Utah's Standards and Guidelines, Utah BLM assures that the Fundamentals of Rangeland Health are met.