Clait Braun by Mike Hudak
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Avian Species Harmed by Holistic Management
 
Clait E. Braun earned his BS in technical agronomy from Kansas State University (1962), his MS in wildlife management from the University of Montana (1965), and his PhD in wildlife biology from Colorado State University (1969). While a student, he was at times employed by the US Department of Agriculture in Kansas and Montana, and by the Montana Department of Game and Fish. In 1969, Dr. Braun joined the Colorado Division of Wildlife where, during his thirty-year career, he held positions that included program manager, wildlife research leader, and researcher. His studies of sage-grouse in Colorado led to his discovery of the Gunnison sage-grouse in 1977. He was also instrumental in naming the species.

Dr. Braun has published over 200 scientific peer-reviewed and technical publications, mostly on birds, including sage-grouse. He is a past president of the Wildlife Society, past president of the Wilson Ornithological Society, past president of the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science, and past editor of the Journal of Wildlife Management. He has been an invited lecturer at over twenty-five colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Since January 2000 he has headed the consulting firm Grouse Inc.

In this video, Clait Braun talks about impacts of Holistic Management on avian species in the American West, most specifically in the West’s desert grasslands—the former having existed without large herds of large, native ungulates for the last 12,000 years or so due to aridity and elevated average temperatures, among other factors.

Recorded in September 2004. This video is an excerpt from Clait Braun’s interview in Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching.

Note: If you are unfamiliar with Holistic Resource Management (currently known as Holistic Resource Management), your appreciation of this video may be enhanced by first reading George Wuerthner’s article “The Donut Diet: The Too-Good-to-Be-True Claims of Holistic Mangement” or Jeff Burgess’s article “Holistic Resource Management (HRM): Panacea or Snake Oil?” Additional critiques of Holistic Management include those by Mike Hudak, Adam Merberg, Chris Clarke, Ralph Maughan, Robert Goodland, Michael Tobis, Guy McPherson, James McWilliams, and George Wuerthner.

 
For another video critique of Holistic Management, see Steve Gallizioli.