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Ranching has a long history in the West, and its continued survival is tied to the health of our public lands. Forage and water that originate in National Forests are key components of many ranching operations; protecting these resources is fundamental to maintaining this traditional way of life.
Grazing on Public
Ranching and Roads
For more information:
1 Fowler, JM,; D. Rush, J.M. Hawkes, and T.D. Darden. 1994. Economic Characteristics of the Western Livestock Industry. Report 35. New Mexico State University College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Range Improvement Task Force, Agricultural Experience Station, Cooperative Extension Service.
2 Joyce, L.A. 1989. An Analysis of the Range Forage Situation in the United States: 1989-2040. General Technical Report RM-180. Fort Collins, Colorado: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.
3 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology 1996
4 Herman, D. 2000. [Personal Communication, cited in USDA Forest Service Roadless Area Conservation FEIS]
5 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology 1996; T.G. Field 1990
6 Harris, L.D. 1984. The Fragmented Forest: Island Biogeography Theory and the Preservation of Biotic Diversity. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press