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This page last updated March 03, 2009

Larry Walker

 

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Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching

 

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Rangeland condition is the perpetual step-child of environmental organizations and management agencies alike. While no other use impacts as many acres of western public lands as frequently as grazing by domestic livestock, those impacts often go unnoticed by the untrained eye. The damage is often as subtle as it is pervasive and devastating to indigenous organisms, soil properties, and hydrologic functions.  Other higher profile items such as forests, riparian, wilderness, and so forth end up dominating environmental and management agendas while range condition seldom shares the spotlight long enough to accomplish needed reforms.  I founded RangeNet in the hope of providing a remedy to that situation, not by creating yet another organization, but by improving communication and providing a focal point where individuals may work more effectively on rangeland condition issues in support of their existing organizational affiliations. In addition, I established and maintain RangeBiome, A Public Rangeland Almanac as a one-man operation on the web. As I function as webmaster for RangeNet, Range Watch, and RangeBiome, there is considerable resource sharing and interconnectivity among the three sites. Each site, however, is a separate entity. RangeNet belongs to the networked members and is a special project of Western Watersheds Project, Inc.. Range Watch belongs to its parent organization. RangeBiome belongs to me.

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