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Rangeland Systems: Processes, Management and Challenges (Springer Series on Environmental Management) | Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom | Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, A New Earth | Stitching the West Back Together | Ranching West of the 100th Meridian | The Art & Science of Shepherding | Ranching, Endangered Species, and Urbanization in the American Southwest
During the late 1880s and early 1890s, a variety of forces—from the Homestead Act of 1862 to the extermination of bison, foreign investment, and lack of government regulation—promoted free-for-all access to and development of the western range, with disastrous environmental consequences. To address the crisis, government agencies turned to scientists, but as Nathan F. Sayre shows, range science grew in a politically fraught landscape. Neither the scientists nor the public agencies could escape the influences of bureaucrats and ranchers who demanded results, and the ideas that became scientific orthodoxy—from fire suppression and predator control to fencing and carrying capacities—contained flaws and blind spots that plague public debates about rangelands to this day. Looking at the global history of rangeland science through the Cold War and beyond, The Politics of Scale identifies the sources of past conflicts and mistakes and helps us to see a more promising path forward, one in which rangeland science is guided less by capital and the state and more by communities working in collaboration with scientists.
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