Cattle in the Cold Desert by James A. Young
Cattle in the Cold Desert
Author: James A. Young
Title: Cattle in the Cold Desert
ISBN10: 0874211379
ISBN13: 978-0874211375
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Publisher: Utah State Univ Pr (June 1, 1988)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1611 kb
Size epub: 1851 kb
Rating: 4.6 ✪
Votes: 414
Category: Science & Math
Subcategory: Nature & Ecology

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First published in 1985, Cattle in the Cold Desert has deservedly become a classic in the environmental history of the Great Basin, brilliantly combining a lively account of the development of the Great Basin grazing industry with a detailed scientific discussion of the ecology of its sagebrush/grassland plant communities. The volume traces the history of while settlement in the Great Basin from about 1860, along with the arrival of herds of cattle and sheep to exploit the forage resources of a pristine environment and, through the history of John Sparks, a pioneer cattleman, illustrates how the herdsmen interacted with the sagebrush/grasslands of the cold desert West. As the story unfolds on two levels - that of the herdsmen adapting their livelihood to the challenging conditions of the Great Basin's scanty forage, aridity, and fierce winters, and that of the fragile ecology of the desert plant communities responding to the presence of huge herds of livestock - we see the results of a grand experiment initiated by men willing to venture beyond the limits of accepted environmental potential to settle the Great Basin, as well as the often ruinous consequences of the introduction of