Mike Hudak’s remarks at “Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014” in Gardiner, MT USA on 28 June 2014.
“Comments on Allan Savory’s Proposed Application of “Holistic Management” to Grasslands, Including Desert Grasslands, for the Purpose of Increasing Sequestration of Atmospheric Carbon”
November 13, 2013. Based upon a memo of 2 April 2013 to the Sierra Club that was authored by Mike Hudak in collaboration with members of the Club’s Grazing Team.
“The West For Itself—Perhaps at Last”
January 19, 2012. Independently published article highlighting the economic benefits of the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432) that was introduced on November 15, 2011.
“Nature’s Aesthetics Fall to the Plague of Ranching,”
audio presentation produced for the H20 podcast, November 2010. In October 2011, Mike Hudak installed the transcribed and annotated text of the podcast in html and pdf format. [Hudak cites passages from the writings of American naturalist John Muir and his book Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching as examples for how to make the case for removing ranching from public lands.]
“Abraham Lincoln: Vegetarian and Animal Rights Advocate?—A Review of the Evidence.”
A shorter version of this article appears in Broome County History Bulletin (Fall 2009, vol. 8, no. 2), the newsletter of the Broome County Historical Society (NY).
“Public Lands Ranchers Obtain Favorable Livestock Management by Harassing Government Employees and Conservationists,”
audio presentation produced for the H20 podcast, June 2009. [How ranchers use social pressure to intimidate land managers from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management into providing rancher-friendly livestock management that is often detrimental to wildlife. Hudak cites passages from his book Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching that illuminate the topic.]
“Ranching’s Other Victims: Free-living Animals,”
Video of a digital presentation, April 9, 2009 (revised September 10, 2010). Describes the harms that ranching on public lands of the American West inflicts on wildlife.
“Politics Trumps Science in Rangeland Management,”
audio presentation produced for the H20 podcast, March 18, 2009. [How ranchers use polticians to intimidate federal land managers into providing rancher-friendly livestock managmenet that is often detrimental to wildlife. Hudak cites passages from his book Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching that illuminate the topic.]
“Ranchers Mortgage Our Natural Capital,”
audio presentation produced for the H20 podcast, January 15, 2009. [An overview of ranching impacts on wildlife with an explanation of the banking connection behind ranchers’ clout with federal management agencies. Hudak cites passages from his book Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching that illuminate the topic.]
“Public Lands Ranching: The Scourge of Wildlife,”
Encyclopaedia Britannica Advocacy for Animals, January 5, 2009.
“Cattle Grazing on Federal Public Lands Contributes to Global Climate Change,”
independently published, November 1, 2008.
“Livestock, Food Transport Major Causes of Global Warming,”
Sierra Atlantic 34 (Fall 2007): 6.
“‘Mad Cow’ One More Sign of a Dysfunctional Ag Industry,”
Sierra Atlantic 31 (Spring 2004): 6.
“Bush’s ‘Healthy Forest Initiative’: Smokescreen for Raising Timber Industry Profits,”
EarthTimes (January/February 2003): 2.
“Book Review: Welfare Ranching,”
VegNews 27/28 (January/February 2003): 46.
“Public Lands Ranchers: Heading for the Last Roundup?”
VegNews 25 (October 2002): 12–13.
“The ‘Disneyfication’ of Nature: True Wilderness or Mickey and Goofy?”
EarthTimes (August/September 2001): 1.
“Our Federal Public Lands: Wildlife Habitat or Cattle Pasture?”
Satya 7, no. 10 (June 2001): 17–18.
“Our Federal Public Lands: For Ranchers or Wildlife?”
The VivaVine 10, no. 2 (April/May 2001): 5.
“Our Public Lands: Wildlife Habitat or Cattle Pasture?”
Animal Free Press 4, no. 3 (Spring 2001): 4.
“Revised Draft Policy #3”
(June 29, 2000).
[In early June 2000 I was asked by the Sierra Club’s Grazing Task Force Chair, Betsy Gaines, to chair the subcommittee that would present to the club’s board the proposal that the club unequivocally oppose public lands ranching. “Revised Draft Policy #3” is the policy proposal our subcommittee issued for comment by club entities in the couple months prior to the board meeting of September 2000. The proposal consisted of four parts: a three-sentence policy statement, a 237-word section of definitions, a 968-word section of implementation guidelines and a 6,500-word appendix. Nick Aumen, who chaired the Sierra Club’s Conservation Governance Committee, chose to distribute only the document’s first three sentences to groups and chapters for comment, allegedly because the competing two policy proposals had included all their details within their policy bodies. I believe that this withholding of information was a major factor in the lack of support given to our proposal. At the very least it cost us the endorsement of the Tennessee Chapter which reversed its supportive vote cast only two months earlier. The policy proposal is presented here outside the Sierra Club for the first time with the definitions and implementation guidelines attached. The appendix is presented below under the title “Commercial Livestock Production on Federal Public Lands.”]
“Commercial Livestock Production on Federal Public Lands”
(June 29, 2000). [Although issued as the appendix of the Sierra Club Grazing Task Force “End Commercial Grazing” Subcommittee’s Revised Draft Policy #3, this document was simultaneous installed on the Internet as a resource for Club activists gathering signatures to qualify an “End Commercial Grazing on Federal Public Lands” ballot initiative.]
“Why the Sierra Club Should Adopt a Policy Opposing Commercial Livestock Grazing on Public Lands,”
Canyon Echo (May/June 2000). [newsletter of the Grand Canyon Chapter, Sierra Club] Also published in Pines and Prairie (September 2000). [Newsletter of the South Dakota Chapter, Sierra Club.]
“How Livestock Degrade Public Lands at Taxpayer Expense,”
The Cumberland (April 2000): 4. [Newsletter of the Kentucky Chapter, Sierra Club.]
“Deficiencies of Sierra Club Policy Code 10.5 ‘Grazing On The Public Lands’ (Adopted Sept. 12, 1992) and Arguments for the Adoption of a Provision Opposing the Grazing of Domestic Livestock on Federal Public Lands” (February 27, 2000). [From 1998 through spring 2000 whenever I traveled to Sierra Club groups and chapters to give a presentation about public lands ranching I would give each club officer my written argument for why the club should oppose public lands ranching. That document was revised many times as I encountered questions that it did not adequately address. The version presented here is its final form.]
“Comments on Livestock Articles in Sierra Magazine, March/April 2000”
(February 24, 2000). [When the articles about grazing appeared in Sierra magazine the club was immersed in discussions over adopting a new grazing policy. The club’s Grazing Task Force was nearing completion of three proposals to the national board. I was continuing my presentations around the U.S. in which I argued for unequivocal opposition to public lands ranching. I wrote this piece only for installation on the Internet to lay out my views on the three policy proposals.]
“Public Lands Ranching: Taxpayer Subsidized Habitat Destruction,”
The Quinnehtukqut (January/February 2000): 6. [Newsletter of the Connecticut Chapter, Sierra Club.]
“Public Lands Ranching: Environmental Destruction at Taxpayer Expense,”
Delaware Sierra News (January/February 2000): 4. [Newsletter of the Delaware Chapter, Sierra Club.]
“Livestock Grazing Propaganda Disseminated by the Sierra Club,”
Rio Grande Sierran (November/December 1999): 19–21. [While investigating grazing allotments and presenting photographic shows about ranching throughout the West during September 1999 I learned that a pro-ranching article had been printed in the newsletter of the Sierra Club’s Rio Grande Chapter. In response I wrote this piece for distribution at the Sierra Club’s imminent board meeting in San Francisco. Although I intended the article only for participants in the meeting, sympathetic delegates from the Rio Grande Chapter asked to publish it in their newsletter. The passionate debate that ensued between supporters and opponents continued through two subsequent issues of that newsletter.]
“To Graze or Not to Graze?”
Chesapeake (September/October 1999): 22–23. [Newsletter of the Maryland Chapter, Sierra Club.]
“Public Lands Ranching: Environmental Disaster/Economic Boondoggle,”
Iowa Sierran (Fall 1999): 5. [After giving presentations to the Sierra Club’s Ohio Chapter and several groups in Illinois I spent a couple days in late July visiting a friend in Wisconsin before embarking upon shows in Iowa and Nebraska. While in Wisconsin I wrote this article at the request of the newsletter editor of the Iowa Chapter, Sierra Club.]
“Cows Still on the Dole, but on the Run,”
EarthTimes (August/September 1999): 2. [An update for my hometown audience about my efforts to change the Sierra Club’s policy on public lands ranching.]
“Critique of ‘Winning the War for the West’ by Perri Knize”
(June 27, 1999). [I wrote this critique in a sixteen-hour marathon writing session upon learning of Perri Knize’s article “Winning the War for the West” in The Atlantic Monthly. My objective was to quickly get this essay onto the Internet as a resource for activists inclined to write letters of complaint to the magazine about Knize's inaccuracies.]
“Livestock on Federal Public Lands,”
Iroquois Messenger (June/July 1999): 1. [Newsletter of the Iroquois Group, Sierra Club.]
“Book Review: The Work of Nature,”
EarthTimes (February/March 1999): 2.
“Legislation Would Ban Logging On Federal Lands,”
EarthTimes (March/April 1998): 2.
“Cows on the Dole: Ranching and the Destruction of the West,”
EarthTimes (January/February 1998): 3. [This article introduces some environmental problems caused by ranching on western public lands, and it announces my first presentation on the topic.]
“Higher Admission, Hiker Fees Start on National Lands,”
EarthTimes (November/December 1997): 2.
“Book Review: Betrayal of Science and Reason,”
EarthTimes (September/October 1997): 2.
“Leopold's Legacy: Reconstructing the Damaged Environment,”
EarthTimes (July/August 1997): 2.
“Chilling Revelations About Declining Forests,”
EarthTimes (May/June 1997): 6.
“Mandatory rBGH Labeling Bill Introduced,”
NOFA-NY News 12, no. 5 (September/October 1994): 5.
“RCE Classifiers: Theory and Practice,”
Cybernetics and Systems 17 (1992): 249–275.
[I performed the research on which this article is based while employed at Siemens Corporate Research. As the article contains no information that Siemens wished to patent or keep proprietary, I published the article after resigning from Siemens in June 1991.]