San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area Threatened

Arizona’s Gila District Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a draft resource management plan on June 29, 2018, that proposed to increase permitted cattle grazing in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) by about 375%. Continue reading “San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area Threatened”

Zinke’s Outcome-Based Grazing Initiative Raises Questions

President Donald Trump’s pick to manage the U.S. Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, is promoting a new “outcome-based” livestock management initiative on the public lands managed by the department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Continue reading “Zinke’s Outcome-Based Grazing Initiative Raises Questions”

The Myth About Livestock Waters on Western Public Lands

Several years ago I accompanied U.S. Forest Service staff on a horseback inspection of a livestock grazing allotment in the arid Superstition Mountains of the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona. As we neared a muddy stock tank perched on a chaparral-covered hill we scared off several mule deer that were taking a drink. The District Ranger turned toward me in his saddle and told me how glad he was that livestock were allowed to graze public lands, because deer would be scarce if there weren’t any livestock waters. Continue reading “The Myth About Livestock Waters on Western Public Lands”

Livestock Grazing Is Being Permitted on Hot Desert Public Lands

Did you know that the federal agencies charged with managing our public lands permit livestock grazing in desert ecosystems? Continue reading “Livestock Grazing Is Being Permitted on Hot Desert Public Lands”

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