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system is the key to developing risk management strategies, in both economic and ecological
spheres" (Pickup and Stafford-Smith, 1993).
HRM has been reported as a way to decrease societal tension between "cows,
recreationists and rangers" in a National Forest Wilderness (Bradford, 1998). The Holistic
Management movement and Rotational grazing do contribute to a better image of ranching as
evidenced by Forging a West that Works.: An Invitation to the Radical Center (Johnson, 2003).
This publication is "dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, environmentalists,
scientists, state and federal land managers and a concerned public".
Dagget and Dusard (1995) offer a solution to environmental conflict occurring in the
West. Government officials, environmentalists and ranchers coming together to develop range
management plans may be able to find a way to all get what they need individually. Careful
livestock rotation has improved the health of riparian areas, rangeland and increased wildlife
numbers. Successful ranches are a vital component of the west if open space is to remain a part
of the landscape. These ranches compliment the government's land holdings. When it is all put
together we preserve a large portion of the country where we can allow the land to function as it
once did. This allows future generations the opportunity to experience a truly unique, American
The problem of rangeland mismanagement must be attacked through improved education
about long-term effects of overgrazing. The land manager needs to understand that
environmental and the economic ramifications of pushing rangeland past its recovery threshold.
The primary concern for the present should be not only the development of responsible grazing
practices, but also the education of ranchers to ensure that such practices are used more often, to
prevent future problems with overgrazing. (Ward, 1999; Mowry, 2007). It is possible that many
managers have no understanding of the ecological indicators: soil stability, hydrological
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