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Livestock’s Role in the Decline of the Desert Tortoise
In the 1960s Steve Johnson’s interest in photography and a love of nature led him to recognize the pervasive harms that livestock grazing inflicts on public lands.
Initially a middle-school biology teacher, Johnson served from 1972 until 1989 as the southwestern field representative for
Defenders of Wildlife.
More recently, he has consulted for environmental organizations about the impacts of livestock production on public lands and endangered species.
In this video, Steve Johnson talks about the role of livestock in the decline of desert tortoise populations in Arizona and California.
Recorded in September 2003. This video is an excerpt from Steve Johnson’s interview in
Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching