The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands


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The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: University of Nevada Press Illustrations and other contents: 63 b&w photographs Language: English ISBN: 9780970826404 Categories: , , , ,

What began as a grassroots collaboration among a small number of ranchers and conservationists working to resolve rangeland problems has grown into an active faction of innovative (or visionary) ranchers called “”New Ranchers.”” In The New Ranch Handbook, author Nathan F. Sayre demonstrates how livestock ranching and conservation values can be compatible and ranchers and environmentalists can work together to benefit rangelands. On New Ranches in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and elsewhere, livestock has been managed in progressive ways and the land has responded: vegetation is more diverse and productive, soils are more stable, streams and springs have come back to life. Wildlife, watersheds, livestock, and ranchers have all benefited. The New Ranch Handbook situates the practices of these ranches in relation to recent models and knowledge in range science and ecology. The six New Ranches profiled here demonstrate that this can be done economically and with far-reaching benefits to land, people, and wildlife. The New Ranch Handbook is essential reading for ranchers, agency officials, environmentalists, conservationists, biologists, rangeland managers, and anyone interested in sustainable agriculture.

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"This book should be required reading for everyone who has an interest in natural resource issues in the West, especially those concerned with livestock grazing." - Bill McDonald, Rancher and Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group

Author Biography

Nathan F. Sayre received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and is presently a postdoctoral researcher with the Agricultural Research Service - Jornada Experimental Range. He has been studying ranching, conservation, and urbanization issues in the American Southwest for the past five years and has worked extensively with the Quivira Coalition and other conservation organizations.