Profession or Area of Expertise
Although always sensitive to environmental issues, Brian first became interested
in cattle on public lands while conducting research on high altitude wetlands
in northern Arizona. After spending a great deal of time around cattle during
numerous field projects across Arizona and New Mexico, Brian became keenly
aware that there were some major issues to be addressed regarding public
lands grazing. There are no easy solutions to public lands grazing issues,
but there are solutions. The key is in educating people to the point where
they are willing to work towards those solutions. Currently, Brian is working
for a small environmental consulting firm called GeoSystems Analysis, Inc.
in Tucson, Arizona, working on projects that include using cattle to help
reclaim copper mine tailings. Unsure of whether cattle are a true solution
to reclaiming mine tailings, it is nonetheless an fascinating option that
will be interesting to explore. With respect to the successful reclamation
of disturbed lands using cattle, as well as any issue regarding the future
of cattle in the west, the verdict is still out.