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”

Myths About The Benefits Of 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 “Myths About The Benefits Of 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”

Privatizing Public Lands is More Republican Kookery

Republicans have launched the biggest attack on America’s public lands since President Ronald Reagan gave political legitimacy to the Sagebrush Rebellion by appointing James Watt Secretary of the Interior in 1981. Continue reading “Privatizing Public Lands is More Republican Kookery”

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