OFI 1206: Can We Hit The Reset Button On Grazing National Forests?


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I ran across a very interesting story about pigs being used to solve a safety problem near an airport in Amsterdam. After seeing the creative way that the pigs were used, it got me thinking about the way we view livestock in the United States. There is a mantra in the West among those who support grazing cattle in national forest lands that goes "log it, graze it or watch it burn".

As I thought about this it occurred to me that there is a group of very vocal Americans who are against grazing cattle in national forest lands. However, they will support the use of goat and sheep for certain prescribed grazing in the name of fire suppression. As I considered this I wondered if the way cattle were viewed by certain individuals could be shifted from a symbol of wealth and power to a defender of the beautiful forest lands if that would create on consensus on grazing national forest lands once again.



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