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The Last Ranch: A Colorado Community and the Coming Desert Hardcover – September 17, 1996
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Colorado's San Luis Valley is a land of broad, expansive range ringed by massive mountains that is visited only rarely by rain, about eight inches a year. It is also a place where a small enclave of ranchers struggle to make a living, fighting not only the elements but a host of forces--politics, the pressures of modern culture and technology, the marketplace--that conspire to put an end to their generations-old community. For a year beginning in 1992, naturalist and magazine writer Sam Bingham lived in the valley. In The Last Ranch he brings to life both the people of the valley and a flock of international characters who have targeted the San Luis Valley for exploitation. At the center of the story are Donnie and Karen Whitten, high school sweethearts who live in a doublewide trailer with their three children, and who come to symbolize the tenacity of the residents of the valley as they endure against very long odds.
From Library Journal
This book offers a fresh look at how a handful of ranchers are working to preserve and improve the land they love. Writer and lecturer Bingham (Holistic Resource Management Workbook, Island, 1990) spent much of 1992 observing a family ranch in southern Colorado's San Luis Valley. Using techniques that were introduced by Allan Savory (Holistic Resource Management, Island, 1988), the author concentrates on an attempt to slow the impending advance of desertification while maintaining a (marginally) profitable ranch. He also examines the dismal record of a variety of world development projects and the environmental and social havoc they often leave in their wake. Highly recommended for all range management and Western U.S. environmental collections.?Tim J. Markus, Evergreen State Coll. Lib., Olympia, Wash.
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