Essays of a peripheral mind: The range problem in New Mexico

TitleEssays of a peripheral mind: The range problem in New Mexico
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHavstad K
Date PublishedJune 30, 2008
ARIS Log Number228681
Keywordsessays, New Mexico, peripheral, range problem
AbstractThis essay reviews the 1908 report on the condition of rangelands in New Mexico written by Elmer Ottis Wooton. The purpose of this review is to evaluate the central recommendation in that report which encouraged a federally based system of land resource management. The premise of this review is that this recommendation was inappropriate, and that management of lands that are strongly shaped by humans should be in the hands of those people living on these rangelands. The increasing frequency of locally-driven, community-based management groups in the western U.S. reflects the value of a non-federal system of management practices and applications.