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Subject:  Re: Welfare Ranching Date:  3/3/2013  8:36 PM
Author:  EverettRuess Number:  1863231 of 2207210

Ranching beyond the hundredth meridian has been known to be foolish since John Wesley Powell wrote about this arid landscape in 1875. When areas of Utah were designated parks and monuments grazing was grandfathered in even though evidence was presented that 200 acres were sometimes needed in order to supply enough forage to support one cow and calf. Does this look like a place to raise beef?

The fact is the price of meat would not go up. All grazing on the public land account for 4% of the US meat production.

What else would you do with this desolate land you say? In 1995 after almost 15 years of work we educated the public and government to designate 1.9 million acres Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument giving local communities a financial base forever.

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