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Relationships With the Land Keep Ranchers Going in Hard Times

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This week we’re taking another field trip – this time to Colorado where we hear a story
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. One of the interviewees mentioned something about showing/witnessing urban people. The amount of water that runs off concrete and asphalt and lawns is huge and–although it may not directly benefit the three ranches in the clip–a change in urban and suburban planning is long overdue, in my opinion.

    One thing that bothers me on big ranches is the access cattle have to rivers. Isn’t there some way to keep them away from the banks?

    • Kelly McGarva says:

      Concentrated access is more damaging than unfettered access in most cases. Managed grazing minimizes the impact by frequent changes to the access points. Off stream water systems are used by many. Spring boxes or troughs with solar pumps.

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