INTRODUCTION TO WYOMING
Wyoming is truly a rangeland
state! Around 85% of
is considered rangeland. �Great�, you say �but what is rangeland?�
It is a type of land that is dominated by some mix of mostly native
grasses, forbs (broad leaf plants / wildflowers) and shrubs. Some
woodlands are considered rangelands too, particularly if they have
relatively open canopies and support a significant understory of
grasses, forbs and shrubs.
Notice that the definition contains no mention of a
particular land use. This is important � rangelands are defined by
the ecosystems they support, NOT by how they are used. The link
below will navigate you to a webpage that contains information on
ecoregions of Wyoming. Ecoregions represent areas of
general similarity in ecosystems and in the type, quality, and
quantity of environmental resources. Ecoregions were designed to be
used as a spatial framework for the research, assessment,
management, and monitoring of ecosystems and ecosystem components.
Click on the address below and explore a webpage
containing the ecoregion map of
and a description of vegetation, climate and soil characteristics.