- Paperback: 602 pages
- Publisher: Lynn Jacobs; First Edition edition (January 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0962938602
- ISBN-13: 978-0962938603
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Waste of the West: Public Lands Ranching First Edition Edition
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Ignore the reviewers who give this book a zero. One asserts that the book shows no knowledge about western ecosystems, yet the reviewer provides not one fact to support that argument. Take a look at the other books she's reviewed...she doesn't strike me as anyone in the position to make any assertion about ecosystems and science. She even gets the sex of the author wrong...and this is someone who has actually READ this book? Give me a break... There is an extensive bibliography FULL of "science"...show me the last time the public lands ranching industry has tried a similar effort to justify their practices?
Yes the book talks about "welfare ranching," and hard work has nothing to do with it. Most ranching families DO work hard; this books says nothing to the contrary. But a black single mother in Chicago getting federal $$$ is labeled a welfare mother, but ranchers getting free fencing, dirt-cheap grazing rental rates on federal land, federally-funded water and road projects, etc. etc....this "American individualism and hard work"??? Call a spade a spade... One of the many dirty secrets the ranching community would like you to ignore.
The other reviewer states that ranchers are politically powerless. You've GOT to be kidding...and you're writing out of the state of Wyoming?Read more ›
Jacobs details the ecological damage that results from cattle grazing in the arid west. From destruction of essential riparian habitat for birds and river species, to the denuded hills and valleys resulting from the all-consuming nature of the cow. In areas that once flourished with native fish and wildlife, the cow, in numerous cases, has chewed and trampled these biologically rich zones down to little more than dirt. Jacobs elucidates this point with numerous photos of cattle-ravaged lands.
With "Waste of the West's" rich mix of policy and ecology centered around the issue of cattle grazing, anyone even remotely interested in the protection of our public lands would be irresponsible to leave this volume unread.
Very interesting reading but also sad to see the baby coyotes dead in their dens, killed by these heartless ranchers
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes I liked it because the facts can be shifted to any part of the world and it still makes sense, because the problems there are the problems of the world. Thank You.Published on July 15, 2014 by Shangaza
this is a totally ignorant off base look at cattle ranching in
the west. It should be ignored!!!
my grnpa hes bn raising "beef creeters" for a long time.. he is a honrble man and his dad was to. thy work hard to make mony and feed us and stuf, so why are you su down on... Read morePublished on March 31, 2005