Sheila Merrigan, Jeanne Pfander and Barbara Hutchinson
The Rangelands Partnership (formerly Western Rangelands Partnership) representing 19 Land-Grant universities, along with the eXtension Rangeland Stewardship and Health (RSH) Community of Practice, actively collaborate to provide a variety of information resources to the rangeland community. These resources serve the Land-Grant University (LGU) mission integrating research, education, and Extension knowledge, and support the information needs of multiple audiences. A database of more than 13,000 full-text articles, conference proceedings, reports, videos, maps, and websites includes research results relevant for scientists, professionals, land managers, and students. Searches can be customized to limit to specific topics, authors, geographic locations, and other attributes. Included in the database are the back files of SRM journals, previously unavailable proceedings from the Australian Rangeland Society, and worldwide rangeland materials from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Moving to expand global content, the Partnership is working with the [REDACTED] in Mexico to develop a “Sonora Rangelands” site. Recent developments include social media efforts including a Facebook site, YouTube channel and Scoop.it page. In addition, members of the Partnership have been involved in creating the eXtension Rangelands Stewardship and Health website which targets the broader public with videos, fact sheets, and FAQs that interpret findings from scholarly, peer-reviewed literature.