Grazing, management by ranchers critical to environmental health in West

But what does this decline mean for the health and vitality of our public lands? Like your lawn, which needs trimming and mowing, rangelands need attention or they die. Harvesting the annually renewing forage on our public lands maintains the health of these ecosystems by reducing fuel loads that could otherwise lead to catastrophic wildfires. Cattle, sheep and other grazing […]

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Zinke affirms support for unconstitutional federal control of America’s lands

Excessive federal ownership is not only illegal; it is also bad policy. Federal land management is subject to the constant buffeting of special-interest politics, and the effects on management can be dreadful. As Zinke conceded in his congressional testimony, the national parks are suffering from years of neglect. Throughout the West — including Zinke’s own state of Montana — you […]

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Debate on federal lands management heats up, even as Oregon standoff news cools down

They all want to get to a point where the state can generate more economic activity on land currently owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service. “We’ll get it back and we can start making beneficial use of it, sell some of it (conduct) selective logging, start mining, farming and ranching,” Medenbach said. “Make […]

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Ranchers benefit sage grouse with healthy rangelands, wildfire mitigation

 When ranchers implement conservation practices that benefit sage grouse, those practices also benefit 350-plus sagebrush-dependent species. Natural Resources Conservation Service Utah rancher Bill Kennedy worked with NRCS through SGI to improve his working rangelands for sage grouse and livestock. Photo by Jesse Bussard. This past April, we woke up at 3 a.m. and made our way to a blind amid […]

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