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Management By Principle

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For the past 8 years I’ve published 5 to 6 “How-To” articles a week. Because readers live everywhere across the United States, and the world, I often focus on principles. I like principles because they’re a way of understanding the how things work so that I can adapt, build, and manage to meet my goals.

I used animal behavior principles to figure out how to teach cows to eat weeds. I used principles to adjust how I managed my prescribed grazing goat herd to create lasting firebreaks. And, as I described last week, I used them to develop creative solutions to problems I encounter.

This week, our “How-Tos” explore some human behavior principles about working with others to accomplish mutually beneficial goals. And the principles are pretty simple, although they may not always be simple to implement. They involve listening, being clear about the goals of everyone involved, and then working together to get there. As Brandon Rockey says about working with a grazier on his cover crops: “The only way it was going to work is if it  was going to work for both of us.”

That same principle is at work when it comes to promoting grazing as an ecosystem service. Whether it’s saving the cactus wren, arroyo toads, bog turtles, or the family farm, it all comes down to discussing our goals and finding ways to work together.

Is it easy? No. But if you really want to do it, you can. And right now, I think it’s something we desperately need.

Enjoy the articles, and if you have ideas about how to implement principles, or principles that help you be successful, let me know

Thanks for reading!


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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 Comment

  1. robert gillaspy says:

    Thanks, Kathy. Understanding and applying principles (as best we can!) is best way to be successful at adaptive management.

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