July 5, 2002
Re "Chain Reaction of Thirst in California Desert Dry Spell," June 23: As our native desert wildlife suffers in a severe drought, the Bush administration allows damaging livestock grazing to continue on 5 million acres of the California Desert Conservation Area and Mojave National Preserve. A handful of cattlemen already subsidized to graze their herds on our public lands are being allowed to hammer habitat to dust, and then when all the scant forage is gone, Interior Secretary Gale Norton's field managers permit them to keep grazing livestock on our stressed deserts by supplementing their feed.
February 15, 2003
Re "High Noon at the Blair Ranch," Feb. 9: All credit to the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility for bringing the litigation to stop grazing on this land. It is time for this ranch, and others like it, to go. The ranchers pay $6,000 a year to control 210,000 acres. That is ridiculous. The damage and degradation caused by the cattle are hundreds of times that, never mind the destruction of habitat for the endangered species.
December 2, 2001 |
It began with a high bid of $30. That was eight years ago. Eventually it may spell the end of one the most storied epochs in American history and usher in another that's more in tune with the times. That's because this small cash offer forced a very expensive question: What are Western range lands worth--those 270-million acres of public property now leased by ranchers to produce 3% of the nation's beef and lamb? The answer, as demonstrated by that first bid and others that followed, seems to be that these public lands are worth more than ranchers can pay, or at least are willing to pay. Which is good news for conservationists and taxpayers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1995
Several recent letters to the editor addressed the controversy over cattle ranching on Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park. These letters contained a remarkable amount of misleading information about the situation on the island. The letters stated that cattle ranching is not degrading island resources. This is simply not true. The Regional Water Quality Control Board, range scientists from the University of California and other universities, as well as volunteer and staff scientists from the California Native Plant Society and other organizations have all documented severe cattle-related degradation.
October 27, 1985
All of the patrons at Al Johnson's Swedish restaurant in Sister, Bay, Wis., will be surprised to learn that they have been served Swiss meals with lingonberries and goats grazing on the roof. Frank Riley (Oct. 6), like Homer, sometimes nods. GEORGE JOHNSON Santa Barbara
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1989
In response to "Partners in Survival--Tortoise, Waste Site," Part I, March 7: In the above mentioned article, BLM associate manager Hugh Riecken states that the Bureau of Land Management is doing everything it can "to protect as much of the habitat as (it) can." The public should be aware that every acre of "desert tortoise critical habitat" in the East Mojave National Scenic Area is being grazed! The bottom line is that native plant communities are the basis for all terrestrial native animal populations, so it is folly trying to preserve an animal species and not preserve its habitat.