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Re: “Of Cattle and Fire

I have run cattle for over twenty years in Idaho. I have seen the benefits of grazing to strenghten the health of the grasses, to promote cool and controllable fires and to benefit the economy of the state by producing clean and valuable meat. Unfortunately the consesus of the public is not science and the prejudice of the Watersheds Project run by Jon Marvel is costly and degrading the ranges in Idaho. Cattle do not promote cheatgrass, hot fires that scorch the earth three to four inces into the soil do. Cheat grass is palatable feed in spring and the desire to keep cattle off of riparian areas to "preserve" them is a total fiction. Intensive grazing can save those areas in a fire, allowing trees and shrubs to survive without the high heat that fuel build up creates. Please do not follow and pander to the money sent from the East that is being poured into the Western Watersheds project. We will have no quality lands left after the fires burn through our rnages and forests every twenty years. Cattle are quiet, controllable ambulatory lawn mowers that will starve to death behind two strands of wire. The meat they produce is from gathering unuseable cellulose from yearly rains that will only create uncontrollable fires. It is time to defer to experience and method instead of the contrarian thinking that leads to chaos and destruction. Balance is always the key and the preservation of those who can manage and run cattle will be a critical asset to maintain rangeland health. Please quote someone other than Jon Marvel in your articles. He is the Ted Kazinsky of rangelands. Try telling him that you like cattle or have cattle sometime and watch his dementia rise. I am not kidding it is an irrational and frightening response.

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Posted by lita west on 08/29/2007 at 7:39 PM

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