- Paperback: 602 pages
- Publisher: Lynn Jacobs; 1st Edition edition (January 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0962938602
- ISBN-13: 978-0962938603
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,057,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Waste of the West: Public Lands Ranching 1st Edition Edition
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Very interesting reading but also sad to see the baby coyotes dead in their dens, killed by these heartless ranchers
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 the book and the pages and pages of examples of how well-connected and politically-powerful ranching interests have kept the laws working in their favor over the years. It is also noteable that the reviewer concedes the main point of the book: abuse of public lands at the hands of ranchers. But then the focus is shifted to another issue entirely: development. Development is certainly a concern, but the "cows or condos" bumper-stickers cleverly overshadow a third choice: neither.
Read this and decide for yourself.
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.
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the west. It should be ignored!!!