Rangeland Training Program

PURPOSE

The Native American Rangeland Training Initiative (NARTI) is a partnership between the Society for Range Management, tribal governments, and other tribal organizations to help tribal natural resource staff address challenges that impact the sustainable management of rangelands on tribal lands. NARTI is comprised of a series of FREE online courses followed by customized on-the-ground workshops. Project objectives will be tailored to community needs, cultural approaches, tribal administrative needs, and local ecological communities, but will also address compliance requirements for federal reporting. This program is being funded by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the US Forest Service.

STRUCTURE

The Introductory Rangeland & Soil Ecology course is required for All NARTI participants to ensure everyone is aligned on rangeland ecology and management terms and concepts for future workshops and other short courses. The Introductory Rangeland & Soil Ecology course is designed to be taught at the fundamental level so that it provides value to all students with different educational backgrounds above a high school degree.

We are currently implementing a 12-week combined online course that combines the Introductory Rangeland & Soil Ecology, Grazing, Monitoring, and Restoration courses. In August of 2020, we will offer a similar permanent self-paced, interactive combination course. This program is designed for tribal staff who have full-time jobs and families, so the program is flexible to accommodate your needs. We estimate the amount of time necessary for this class will be approximately 4-6 hours a week.

Agency liaisons, staff from partnering organizations, and Tribal College faculty are welcome to participate with permission from their respective employers.

Continuing Education Units can be acquired through Salish Kootenai College. If interested, you will be asked to submit an application to their Department of Academic Success when you sign up for the courses below.

Workshops

Once an appropriate number of tribal staff within each tribe – or groups of tribes – have completed the Introductory Rangeland & Soil Ecology course, a custom on-the-ground workshop can be scoped and facilitated on the participants’ tribal lands. In some instances, it may be more feasible to hold a regional workshop comprised of members from multiple tribes in the area if everyone is in agreement. *Note: due to the recent Covid-19 health concerns, field workshops are postponed until further notice. Online training, however, will continue.

Advisory Groups

At the request of tribal governments, advisory groups can be coordinated to provide continuous and on-the-ground assistance with newly created range management programs or challenging range management projects. Advisory group members will be selected among local and regional rangeland and soil experts (agency, university, non-profit), tribal professionals, and already existing natural resource and cultural partners with whom the tribes have been working. We request that members of the advisory groups include these activities as part of their own work descriptions (via agency directives or extension responsibilities), or volunteer their time and energy. Advisory members must be motivated to assist tribal staff, be readily available to meet with and conduct site visits, and be able to make time to assist with workshop instruction. Travel costs will be provided if not covered by their respective employers.

Instructors

Online courses are currently hosted through Oregon State University’s PACE program and taught by Yvette Gibson (Rangeland Science Faculty) and Diana Doan-Crider (Texas A&M University, Adjunct Faculty). These classes have been designed to help you understand rangeland systems and perform rangeland management activities to meet your own community needs, but with consideration for federal agency compliance requirements.

For all questions related to course enrollment, contact Diana Doan-Crider.

Online Course Content

Rangeland & Soil Ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Soil Principles
  • Plant Physiology
  • Nutrient Cycles
  • Echohydrology
  • Species Biology
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Disturbance Ecology
  • Livestock Grazing
  • Habitat Assessment
  • Ecosystem Goods & Services
  • Management Approaches
  • Management Tools

*Required Section for Field Workshop

Grazing Management
  • Livestock-Plant-Soil Relationships
  • Grazing Principles
  • Determining Grazing Demand
  • Grazing Calculations
  • Livestock-Wildlife Overlap
  • Livestock-Wildlife Conflict
  • Grazing Systems
  • Targeted Grazing
  • Grazing Planning
Monitoring Methods
  • Setting Objectives
  • Line Point Intercept
  • Basal & Canopy Gap
  • Soil Stability Testing
  • Species Composition
  • Species Density
  • Species Frequency
  • Vegetation Production
  • Rangeland Health Assessment
  • Riparian Assessment
  • Designing Monitoring Plans