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Fact Sheet 2014–3019

Future Scenarios of Impacts to Ecosystem Services on California Rangelands

By Kristin Byrd, Pelayo Alvarez, Lorraine Flint, and Alan Flint

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The 18 million acres of rangelands in the Central Valley of California provide multiple benefits or “ecosystem services” to people—including wildlife habitat, water supply, open space, recreation, and cultural resources. Most of this land is privately owned and managed for livestock production. These rangelands are vulnerable to land-use conversion and climate change. To help resource managers assess the impacts of land-use change and climate change, U.S. Geological Survey scientists and their cooperators developed scenarios to quantify and map changes to three main rangeland ecosystem services—wildlife habitat, water supply, and carbon sequestration. Project results will help prioritize strategies to conserve these rangelands and the ecosystem services that they provide.

First posted March 18, 2014

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Suggested citation:

Byrd, K., Alvarez, P., Flint, L., and Flint, A., 2014, Future Scenarios of Impacts to Ecosystem Services on California Rangelands: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3019, 2 p.,

ISSN 2327–6916 (print)

ISSN 2327–6932 (online)

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