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HEAD 'EM UP
MOVE 'EM OUT
A Six Part Series on Cattle Grazing in the West...
Part 1
Head 'em up, move 'em out

Part 2
Breaking the Law for 60 Years

Part 3
Disenchantment in the Land of Enchantment

Part 4
The beef against the BLM

Part 5
Corporate Cowboys Hold Most Federal Grazing Permits

Part 6
BLM makes life rough for Whistleblower

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Cattle & Range Resources


(compiled by Larry Walker, the editor of Range Biome)

Note: The following links are for information purposes only. They are organized under each of the six articles in Cascadia Times' series on the BLM and grazing.

General

Waste of The West: Public Lands Ranching, by Lynn Jacobs 1991

(Lynn's entire book is now online. Excellent depth, documentation, references. If you don't use any of the other links - DO use this one).
http://www.apnm.org/waste_of_west/index.htm

A Cowfree 21st Century

(Yep, this is one of my pages. No original content, but LOTS of links including many of those listed below)
http://www.rangebiome.org/cowfree

Atlantic Monthly

The Atlantic Monthly's take on cows.
www.theatlantic.com/issues/99jul/9907ranchers.htm

Mike Hudak's critique of the Atlantic Monthly article. Thorough with excellent/extensive references.
http://www.rangenet.org/war.html

 

Part 1
Head 'em up, move 'em out
Lawsuits, water, riparian issues

Oregon Natural Desert Association

Survey of livestock influences on stream and riparian ecosystems in the western United States
http://www.onda.org/rippaper.html

Oregon Natural Desert Association Litigation
http://www.onda.org/page13.htm

Idaho Watersheds Project

Legal Document Archive
http://www.idahowatersheds.org/lawbrie.htm

Forest Guardians

An Index and Summary of Significant Grazing Litigation (1973-1997)
http://www.fguardians.org/cowcourt.htm#f14

Range Watch

Red Butte Canyon Research Natural Area: A Rare Undisturbed Watershed in Northern Utah 5/4/97 Field Trip with Dr. Robert Ohmart, Arizona State University (a 30 minute video) (tour and discussion of healthy stream/riparian)
http://rangewatch.org/library/#redbutte

 

Part 2
Breaking the Law for 60 Years
History of BLM and the western range

The ONDA petition

Petition for the Department of Interior to initiate rulemaking to establish procedural and substantive standards to govern the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) determinations of those areas of BLM land that are "chiefly valuable for grazing and raising forage crops" as required by the Taylor Grazing Act.
http://www.onda.org/petition.html
 

Part 3
Disenchantment in the Land of Enchantment
Domenici, New Mexico & El Maipais

(These two articles are not specific to Domenici & El Maipais, but they dig into things in New Mexico pretty thoroughly.)

The Cowboy Myth

The City Slicker's Guide to Welfare Ranching in New Mexico.
http://members.aol.com/cowboymyth

Forest Guardians

Your Public Lands: Grazed to the Bone. Livestock grazing is by far the single most destructive activity on Southwestern public lands.
http://www.fguardians.org/graz.html

 

Part 4
The beef against the BLM
Overview of BLM

(These are historic documents that give lots of insight into how policy on grazing public lands administered by BLM evolved. Basically, a committee of foxes wrote the rules for managing the chickens. The first two also illustrate how the government failed to "identify lands chiefly valuable for grazing" as alleged in Bill's petition discussed in Part 2 from the git-go).

The Taylor Act

Establishing Management Under the Taylor Grazing Act.  Presented by F. R. Carpenter (first Director of the Grazing Service) at Montana State College, January 8, 1962.
http://www.rangebiome.org/archive/establishtga.phtml

Historical Interview

With Farrington R. Carpenter. An interview with the first Director of the Grazing Service by the Bureau of Land Management, October 17, 1971.
http://www.rangebiome.org/archive/interviewfrc.phtml

Early History

The Taylor Grazing Act in Colorado
http://www.rangebiome.org/archive/colohist.phtml

 

Part 5
Corporate Cowboys Hold Most Federal Grazing Permits
Who & grazing fees

Taking From the Taxpayer

Public Subsidies for Natural Resource Development. http://www.house.gov/resources/105cong/democrat/subsidy.htm

Natural Resources Defense Council

The environmental and financial cost of cattle grazing on
U.S. public land is no chickenfeed.
http://www.nrdc.org/triv/grazef.html

The Real Welfare Queens

Great color cartoons
http://www.poky.srv.net/~idwp/bilbrd2.htm

Wing-Tipped Welfare Cowboys Ride the Range

Politicians and ranching industry groups, claiming changes in federal grazing policy will hurt small "mom and pop" ranchers, are playing loose with the facts. A majority of public land is controlled by a few wealthy individuals and corporations. http://www.fguardians.org/$$cowboy.htm

Livestock Liabilities

Impacts of Commercial Livestock Grazing On Your Public Lands (an 8 minute video) (Kind of spans all topics. Lead in has brief discussion of who uses public lands for grazing).
http://rangewatch.org/library/#liabilities

 

Part 6
BLM makes life rough for Whistleblower
Whistleblowers (I am not aware of anything on the web about BLM whistleblowers. These are Forest Service and Fish & Wildlife. The climate is similar.)

Southwest Center for Biological Diversity

Whistle Blowers: Land Management Personnel Speak Out.
http://www.sw-center.org/swcbd/resources/whistle.html

Frustrated Biologists Blast Forest Service
http://www.sw-center.org/swcbd/resources/albjour-3-5-98.txt

Another Southwestern Biologist Resigns: Cites frustration with Forest Service mismanagement of grazing, logging, and personnel.
http://www.sw-center.org/swcbd/resources/popp.html

Range Biome

Top Forest Service Biologist Blasts Agency Mismanagement - Calls for dismissal of key leaders, end to livestock grazing in Southwest, scientific review of damage to watersheds and endangered species.
http://www.rangebiome.org/cowfree/fsblastsfs.phtml

More Forest Service Whistleblowers Speak Out On Overgrazing, Logging, Abuse of Biologists in Southwest.
http://www.rangebiome.org/cowfree/whistle.phtml

 

Websites on the Issue of Grazing on Public Lands

RangeBiome, A Public Rangeland Almanac
http://www.rangebiome.org

RangeNet
http://www.rangenet.org

Range Watch
http://www.rangewatch.org

Forest Guardian's Grazing Page
http://www.fguardians.org/graz.html

GREEN's Grazing Page
http://www.defenders.org/grazing1.html

Idaho Watersheds Project
http://www.idahowatersheds.org

Oregon Natural Desert Association
http://www.onda.org

A Public Rangeland Forum http://www.hotboards.com/powerforum/pwrforum.exe?who=rangeforum&all=yes
(interactive, lots of current alerts and news)

Southwest Center for Biological Diversity's "Oust the Cows" page
http://www.sw-center.org/swcbd/grazing/grazing.html

The Public Lands Grazing Activist
http://trojan.neta.com/~jburgess/

Wolfsoul's "Cattle Grazing on Public Lands" page
http://www.gci-net.com/~users/w/wolfsoul/environment/cattle/cattle.html

 

Links to Some of the Livestock Industry's Favorite Sites

THE BENNETT FAMILY

PARAGON FOUNDATION

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION

McCAIN 2000

RANGE MAGAZINE

MOUNTAIN STATES LEGAL FOUNDATION

PEOPLE FOR THE USA!

THE INSTITUTE

CENTER FOR THE DEFENSE OF FREE ENTERPRISE

THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION

THE GOLDWATER INSTITUTE

LIVESTOCK WEEKLY

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