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December 13, 2013
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December 13, 2013
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Western Watersheds is an organization sine qua non dedicated to preservation in the manner conceived by John Muir and Aldo Leopold. It does not surprise me that there are people who completely miss the boat about this organization. (Just reading some of the negative comments at this site make me laugh).

MYTHS

1. Public lands grazing provides the majority of feed for cattle and sheep ranchers in the United States.
2. Public lands grazing is needed to control wildfires, the spread of invasive species, and ecosystem health.
3. Ranchers provide a stable economic base to rural economies.
4. Western Watersheds Project dislikes ranchers and has no real reason to oppose all public lands grazing.

*The last one is the biggest myth.*

I encourage everyone to educate themselves on the issues.

www.publiclandsranching.org


The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery. (Oxford University Press) http://www.theamericanwestatrisk.com/

"Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature so you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you." John Muir



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Extend it to more states

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2013

December 13, 2013
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December 13, 2013
4 people found this review helpful

Western Watersheds Project is an extremely effective organization working to challenge outdated land management practices in the west through legal and political action. I recently became involved with WWP through visual monitoring of the impact of livestock on public land in sensitive grizzly bear habitat in Idaho and Wyoming. As a photographer and videographer, it has been appalling to document the damage and land degradation from grazing by cattle and domestic sheep. Top predators are a key part of a healthy, functioning ecosystem. For them to thrive, cattle and domestic sheep need to be removed from our public lands. WWP is working to help make this happen.


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Get them more funding.

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December 13, 2013
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December 13, 2013
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I'm a former BLM biologist who has seen first hand the multiple ways that livestock production has damaged and degraded public lands. The abuses go on in spite of efforts of many employees who know, as I did, how livestock was compromising public values like water quality, soils, wildlife habitat, and even recreational opportunities (camping among cow pies is not an experience most people enjoy).

That is why I so admire the tenacity and exceptional knowledge of WWP staff. There are few organizations in the West willing to challenge the livestock juggernaut. WWP is the most dedicated, and most effective organization I know speaking up for our public lands ecological health and integrity. That is why I recently joined the board.

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I would try to hire more people--but of course that takes money. It's amazing how much is accomplished with a limited staff.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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