Grassland Management Priorities for the North Central Region

Open-File Report 2023-1037
U.S. Geological Survey Climate Adaptation Science Center
Prepared in cooperation with the University of Colorado Boulder
Edited by: Christine D. Miller Hesed and Heather M. Yocum


Executive Summary

Understanding how climate change and variability will impact grassland ecosystems is crucial for successful grassland management in the 21st century. In 2020, the U.S. Geological Survey North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (USGS NC CASC) began a project to establish a baseline of information to best serve grassland managers (that is, those who develop grassland management plans or implement those plans on the ground) at Federal, State, and Tribal agen-cies and nongovernmental organizations to help meet regional grassland management goals. This project “A Synthesis of Climate Impacts, Stakeholder Needs, and Adaptation in Northern Great Plains Grassland Ecosystems” (hereafter, the Grasslands Synthesis Project), had two primary goals: (1) to synthesize management goals and challenges for grassland managers across the region and (2) to assess the state-of-the-science and identify knowledge gaps for addressing the goals and challenges within the context of climate change. The findings from the Grasslands Syn-thesis Project are described in two volumes. This report serves several purposes, including providing (1) a synthesis of regional grassland management goals and challenges, (2) identification of information needs relevant to grassland management in a changing climate, and (3) summaries of grassland management issues by ecoregion and management organization or agency.

Suggested Citation

Miller Hesed, C.D., and Yocum, H.M., 2023, Grassland management priorities for the North Central Region: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2023–1037, 53 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Executive Summary
  • Chapter A. Background and Methods
  • Chapter B. Introduction to the North Central Grassland Ecoregions
  • Chapter C. Grassland Management Goals, Challenges, and Information Needs
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Grassland management priorities for the North Central Region
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2023-1037
DOI 10.3133/ofr20231037
Year Published 2023
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
Description xvii, 67 p.
Country United States
State Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Noth Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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