When Does Science Become Advocacy?

When Does Science Become Advocacy?

The graphic presents examples of actions that scientists take in conducting and reporting research. Listed actions on the left represent actions of policy...

Clipping Does Not Simulate Grazing

Clipping Does Not Simulate Grazing

Clipping studies are used by some groups to point out the potential ill effects of grazing on plant health. According to Trlica and Rittenhouse (1993),...

Sauer (1978) More Than Just Dead Leaves

Sauer (1978) More Than Just Dead Leaves

Currently, I’m selecting material for my blog posts from a recently published article, Carter et al. (2014). Authors of the paper represent Grand Canyon...

Most Range Research Cannot Be Applied World-Wide

Most Range Research Cannot Be Applied World-Wide

The arid desert of the western United States is largely composed of public lands and seas of sagebrush. On these rangelands, cattle and feral horses have...

Can You Trust Fleischner (1994)?

Can You Trust Fleischner (1994)?

Fleischner, T.L. 1994. Ecological Costs of Livestock Grazing in Western North America. Conservation Biology 8(3): 629-644. One peer-reviewed journal article...

How I Critique a News Article

How I Critique a News Article

This is how I analyze a news article, at least in my head. I ask questions. I want to know where the information in the article originates. It’s easier...

Misusing Mueggler

Misusing Mueggler

Mueggler (1975) has been cited to further the notion that all livestock grazing causes irreparable harm to plants in arid environments unless plants are...

History of Livestock Grazing on Public Lands: Changes Associated with the Taylor Grazing Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act

History of Livestock Grazing on Public Lands:...

Western Range Before the Taylor Grazing Act In the late 1800s, livestock operations in the western United States grew quickly due to high profits and what...

What is Rangeland Management?

What is Rangeland Management?

Rangeland (n) – All land in the world that is not cultivated farmland, dense forest, barren desert, or covered by solid rock. Rangeland supports...

The Purpose of this Blog

The Purpose of this Blog

In 2012, the head of the Utah Grazing Improvement Program (UGIP) asked me to critique a letter written by the director of Wild Utah Project, a Utah environmental...