The Campaign to Protect the Golden Trout Wilderness from Ranching
has been involved in social, political, and environmental activism since the 1970s, when he participated in the
UC Nuclear Weapons Lab Conversion Project.
He worked with Clergy and Laity Concerned over US intervention in
And he worked on veteran’s justice issues. During this time, Mr. Shuman earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at
UC Santa Cruz.
In the latter half of the 1990s, as a
volunteer, he helped organize club members to protect the
Golden Trout Wilderness
from the damaging impacts of livestock grazing. Since the successful completion of that effort in the fall of 2000, Mr. Shuman has served on the
Sierra Club’s Grazing Committee,
and is a former California director for
Western Watersheds Project.
In 1988, beer maker conglomerate
purchased the Cabin Bar Ranch in California’s Sierra Nevada to obtain water rights that would insure a backup water supply for the company’s Van Nuys brewery. Associated with the ranch were public lands permits to graze cattle within the Golden Trout Wilderness, home to California’s state fish, the
In this video, Todd Shuman describes his efforts from 1995 through 2000 to mobilize the Sierra Club and other organizations, such as
to protect the Golden Trout Wilderness from the damaging impacts of cattle owned by Anheuser-Busch.
Recorded in August 2003. This video is an excerpt from Todd Shuman’s interview in
Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching