Impacts of Cattle Grazing on Recently Burned Western Landscapes
Having grown up on a ranch, Jim Prunty found it natural to pursue a career in livestock-related jobs. Then, in a major career change past the age of forty, he joined the US Forest Service as a fire management officer.
There, for more than twenty years in southern
Idaho, Mr. Prunty worked in a variety of tasks related to fire prevention, fire suppression, and range improvement—tasks in which he learned much about the consequences of livestock grazing for the land and vegetation.
Since his retirement from the Forest Service in 1987, Mr. Prunty has been an independent advocate for the protection of public lands.
From his many years of experience performing fire management for the US Forest Service, Jim Prunty comments on the environmental damage that results from putting cattle onto recently burned landscapes.
Recorded in August 2003. This video is an excerpt from Jim Prunty’s interview in Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching