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An updated and expanded edition of a major analysis of ranching and land use in the Great Basin.<P>First published in 1985, Cattle in the Cold Desert has deservedly become a classic in the environmental history of the Great Basin, brilliantly combining a lively account of the development of the Great Basin grazing industry with a detailed scientific discussion of the ecology of its sagebrush/grassland plant communities. The volume traces the history of white settlement in the Great Basin from about 1860, along with the arrival of herds of cattle and sheep to exploit the forage resources of a pristine environment and, through the history of John Sparks, a pioneer cattleman, illustrates how the herdsmen interacted with the sagebrush/grasslands of the cold desert West.<P>As the story unfolds on two levels — that of the herdsmen adapting their livelihood to the challenging conditions of the Great Basin's scanty forage, aridity, and fierce winters, and that of the fragile ecology of the desert plant communities responding to the presence of huge herds of livestock — we see the results of a grand experiment initiated by men willing to venture beyond the limits of accepted environmental potential to settle the Great Basin, as well as the often ruinous consequences of the introduction of domestic livestock into the plant communities of the region. The result is a remarkably balanced, astute, and insightful discussion of the grazing industry in the Intermountain West.<P>This expanded edition includes a new chapter that addresses the impact of wild mustangs on the Great Basin rangelands, and an up-to-date epilogue that discusses changes in rangeland management and in rangeland conditions,especially the impact of recent wildfires. As concern over the future of the Great Basin's unique rangeland environment and its principal agricultural industry grows, Cattle in the Cold Desert remains essential reading for everyone who cares about this vast and underappreciated

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-301).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874175035
Author:
Young, James A.
Author:
Sparks, Abbott B.
Author:
SPARKS, B. ABBOTT
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Location:
Reno
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ranch life
Subject:
Beef cattle
Subject:
Ranchers
Subject:
Great basin
Subject:
Grazing.
Subject:
Range ecology.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Great Basin History 19th century.
Subject:
Beef cattle - Great Basin - History -
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
107-136
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 b/w illustrations
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 in

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