Sunlight is converted into vegetation that produces oxygen and sequesters carbon. The land, when covered with diverse vegetation, also serves as a sponge, slowing rain as it hits the land, funneling it into aquifers below or filtering it as it runs into streams, rivers and lakes and eventually into saltwater estuaries.
Rangelands also provide wildlife habitat and the viewsheds that lift the human spirit.
Read more about rangelands and land management practices:
Is Widespread Pesticide Use Connected To Grassland Bird Declines?
“This article discusses the relationship between grassland bird declines and a host of poisons increasingly used by ranchers, farmers and homeowners. The root problem according to the author, is the seeming “capture” of the pesticide […]
Hunting Is Conservation – Hunting is Sustainable, Helps Species Thrive
The anti-hunter claim that hunting is not a sustainable model and the populations of hunted species will decline and no longer flourish is simply untrue. NOTE: this post was originally published July 22, […]
At Pitchstone Waters Ranch in Idaho, 5-miles southwest of Yellowstone Park, we use goats and cattle to reduce brush, control “weeds” and forbs, reduce wildfire and stimulate plant growth on forest floors and meadows.
“As discussed in the article below, it is only common sense to use animal impact from goats, wild horses and cattle to replace the missing wildlife that formerly reduced fire hazards in our wild places. […]
Goats are excellent at brush-clearing, as shown in the article below about Brackenridge Park in San Antonio. Many so-called “exotic”, “non-native”, and “invasive” species are also useful in maintaining and improving habitat. These include […]
New Texas A&M Research Documents Domestic Cattle Genetics in Modern Bison Herd
“Cattle and bison readily crossbreed. It was ranchers who saved bison in the late 1800’s, but they ran these bison alongside their domestic cattle herds. New research from Texas A&M says that all bison, […]
Quoting sources for the article appearing below, ” … glyphosate is the most dangerous environmental chemical we face today due to its unique mechanism of toxicity, careless application, and pervasive presence.”
When Goats Become Firefighters, Not Everyone Follows Orders
The article below discusses using goat herds to reduce the frequency and intensity of wildfire. At Pitchstone Waters, we use goats every year. Their favorite food is leafy spurge – a rapidly spreading […]
Another excellent article by the Property and Environmental Research Center (PERC) the free market conservation think tank based in Bozeman. This one is about how to address people and livelihoods while achieving the essential ecological […]
Dispossessed: Indigenous Poverty, Land, and Property Rights
“Here is another excellent article by the Property and Environmental Research Center (PERC) a free market conservation think tank based in Bozeman. According to critics quoted in the article, “Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) […]
Grand Teton Cull Ends With 58 Mt. Goats Killed, Primarily in Park’s North End
According to the article below, the National Park Service (NPS) has decided to exterminate wild mountain goats in the Teton-Yellowstone Parks because they (1) are non-native, (2) “compete” with bighorn and (3) might infect them […]
It Began as a Tool to Save Wild Elk. A Century Later, Feeding Threatens Iconic Herds
Here is a Washington Post article on the CWD threat from elk feeding. The paper says CWD was “identified” 50-years ago. The ‘rest of the story’ is that the “identification” occurred in a Colorado state […]