Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Range Management

This may seem a little off topic, but I've been thinking about it lately, and I think that our fire demonstrates why range management is so important.

The land below the homes on which the power lines sat was poorly managed (from what I understand). The brush was thick and hadn't been cleared in years. There was one small patch where horses were kept, and they grazed that small amount of land. The area where the horses grazed wasn't burned in the fire. This scenario plays out in a much greater area all over this state and others. There are thousands upon thousands of acres of undeveloped desert land with sagebrush everywhere.

My grandparents and aunt/uncle are cattle ranchers. Their cattle graze on some of this land, much of it public BLM land. Many people are upset about the fact that cattle are allowed to graze on public lands. But the reality is that we need them to graze this land because otherwise it becomes a fire hazard. I've witnessed a few of these large brush fires that burn way more than a small little area like under our homes. The animals that graze truly protect this land. I wish that more of the land below us had been grazed. It might have saved our homes.

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