Rangelands

Rangelands act as nature’s factories.

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.

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Read more about rangelands and land management practices:

Banish Roundup From the Farm? It’ll Take More Than Lawsuits

Considering that four generations of American farmers, ranchers and wildlife managers have been taught that pesticides are inherently safe, and the answer to most agricultural problems can be found in a bottle, the attitudes expressed […]

Scorched Portugal Turns to the Goat as a Low-Cost Firefighter

In nature, different animals eat different kinds of plants and there are specific species for every such “ecological niche”. Where native animals have gone missing, domestic goats can be used to replace animals that once […]

Baby Boomers Are Leaving Behind a Trail of Luxury Ranches

It is true that Western legend no longer captures American imagination as it once did. But the main reason many Colorado – and Western – ranch sellers can’t sell their big ranches is that so […]

Understanding the Ecological Role of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park

Loathed as a threat and nuisance, the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park was essentially wiped out by the mid 1920’s. That changed in 1995, when the National Park Service reintroduced them there, with the […]

Grizzly Bears: The Fierce Predator of the North

Grizzly bears are at the top of the food chain, but much of their diet consists of fruit, roots, and grasses.  

Let’s Fix Our National Parks…

Common sense about how to fund our national park system.     Quoting the authors, “True conservation is taking care of the land and water you already have, not insatiably acquiring more and hoping it […]

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: an Analysis by PERC (Property and Environment Research Center)

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is the basis on which public wildlife and habitat is supposed to be managed in the United States. Central ideas are that science will govern decisions, and human […]

Restoring Elk Country-Little Snowy Mountains Montana

Due to fire suppression and a lack of active management, forests can become unnaturally dense and overgrown…and that’s bad news for elk and other wildlife in need of quality forage and habitat. With that in mind, […]

Goats Eat Weeds – Farm to Fork Wyoming

In Wyoming battles between sheepherders and cattlemen are legendary and harrowing. With that turbulent history it is a little surprising that the daughter of an old Wyoming ranching family is a leading force behind weed […]

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.

Back to Nature: Making Money While Restoring The Land

Going against the grain has paid off for these beef producers and even encouraged other conventional farmers to change course.

Who Gets to Own the West?

This article complains that private landowners won’t open their land to the public in Idaho, a state in which about 70 percent of all land already belongs to the public, but is mostly controlled by […]

Judge Cuts $55 Million From $80 Million Roundup Verdict

This is not a “victory” for Monsanto/Bayer. There isn’t enough money in the whole stock market to pay $25 million to every person Roundup has made sick.

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a US Ranch

Here is a British financial analyst’s take on U.S. ranch ownership, which gets it partly right.   While most ranches don’t produce annual cash returns that remotely reflect their market value, that doesn’t make them […]

A Navy Veteran Went to Prison for Digging Ponds in the Mountains

“Range practices we take for granted in Texas can land you in prison out West.   Notwithstanding the many fine things accomplished by EPA, actions like these really hurt public attitudes about conservation – and […]

How Pesticides Can Actually Increase Mosquito Numbers

Over long periods, many if not most of our attempts to alter nature backfire.   The lesson: do these things holistically. Work with nature, not against nature.  

Bayer’s Roundup Problem Slashes Its Market Value

Many of the mergers and acquisitions that harm companies, workers and customers are motivated by bonuses—the ones that managers and boards pay themselves for putting these deals together. Even so, Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto seems […]

Ranching as a Conservation Strategy: Can Old Ranchers Save the New West?

Ranching, when properly conducted, is essential to conservation.

Can Cows Help Mitigate Climate Change? Yes, They Can!

Livestock and other so-called “invasive exotic” animals can replace missing wild animals’ beneficial effects on plants when they are managed to copy natural grazing patterns. These and other innovations of restoration agriculture practices are discussed […]

Living Soil Film

This 60-minute documentary features innovative farmers and soil health experts from throughout the U.S. Our soils support 95 percent of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as […]

Maybe This is Why You Don’t Like the Research Coming From Land Grant Colleges

This thoughtful article discusses inadequate funding for the land grant colleges and how this shortfall affects research. Not mentioned is that, faced with this continual funding crisis, the land grant colleges have accepted massive funding […]