Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Herbivores will save us...
"A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast:"
Many people (especially those who are new to the desert) don't understand the importance of livestock to a dying landscape. Brewster County made the huge mistake of voting out free range back in the early 80's based on misguided information and no doubt a political agenda - the votes cast were less than 400 to decide the fate of 6,193 square miles of land. History has shown us that overgrazing by thousands of cattle can do great damage to grasslands. But a managed herd or a small herd that leisurely ranges and grazes actually brings new live to a dying desert. The land can only come back to life with the help of herbivores. It simply will not come back on it's own. The areas where my longhorn buddies used to frequent out here have benefited from their persistence to feed and fertilize. Hopefully, Ben and Bud will help bring the land around TFL back to life to help prove this point. 53,61,58,0,W,0