Utah Rancher Gets Results With Conservation Program

This article, by Donald H. Fulton, range conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in Roosevelt, Utah, first appeared in the Soil Conservation magazine in August of 1963. This publication did a lot of the same things for farmers and ranchers then that On Pasture does today - it shared science and experience to help improve the success of their operations. I periodically share articles from these old magazines in the spirit of the saying "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." Some the practices outlined here are practices that we continue today. Others have changed as we acquired more knowledge about the environments we work in. I've added sidebars that point out some of these things. I invite you to think about your own practices, where they come from and to consider what you might change if you had additional information. I'd love to read your thoughts in the comments below! _______________________   Experience has borne out the soundness of Utah rancher Bill Karren's decision in 1957 to improve the land he already had at Jensen through reseeding and other conservation methods instead of buying more rangeland. It was one or the other, because his cows were coming off the summer range in poor condition and with light calves. Karren figures it would have cost at least $10 an acre of the land equivalent to

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2 thoughts on “Utah Rancher Gets Results With Conservation Program

  1. History is a pretty powerful ally. In the book ” Where the wagon led”, a memoir of a cowboy in Saskatchewan, the author lamented about how the buck brush was taking over the prairie range in the early 1920’s. Prior to 1911 native people’s regularly burned during the spring to keep brush encroachment at bay. Their goal was to maintain grasslands for the bison, elk, and antelope. In 1911 the government imposed restrictions on burning because white settlers & railroaders burned indiscriminately, often in the summer, and started large wildfires. I find it interesting that we often overlook how the land was managed before white people came on the scene.

  2. “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it”–one of my favourite adages–also could be restated as “Those who don’t know history rob themselves of a rich heritage of knowledge and practice.”

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