I grew up in Pt. Reyes Station in California in the 60's and have home movies of our family climbing to the top of Mt. Wittenberg and enjoying a spectacular view of the ocean and open meadows full of wildflowers. There were also cows. The last time I visited the cattle had been gone for years and the meadows were for the most part clogged with thousands of Doug Fir saplings and brush, a few years from another huge fire event like the area went through a few years ago.
I support the responsible use of public lands for hunting and grazing. I realize there have and will be abuses of these privliges but these can be minimized with better oversight and regulations that are created and enforced with the input and help from the communities involved. In the 1990's you were only able to obtain a grazing permit if you showed you had the resources, land, to support your herd during the rest of the year. This was changed to the simple requirement of 10 acres and a portable corral which allowed outsiders to to come in with a large herd, minimal fencing and no concern as to the condition the land would be left. Family operations have an economic interest to be good stewards of the land if they want to continue.
I am an omnivore and want grass fed beef from eastern Oregon, I wouldn't mind some grass fed horse but that's a topic for another time. Ivan
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