How Ranchers Are Helping Save Grassland Birds

April 27, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm (Tuesday)

Location: Zoom:

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Name of presenter: Dan Dagget

Dagget has written two books on the topic of his upcoming talk on ranchers and environmentalists working together. The first, Beyond the Rangeland Conflict: Toward a West That Works, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has been recognized as one of the most important books written about the American West. His second book, Gardeners of Eden, Rediscovering Our Importance To Nature, inspired reviews just as outstanding. Dagget has been active as an environmentalist since the 1970s, helping to form an Audubon-linked group in Ohio plus a local group (SORE — Save Our Rural Environment) that succeeded in halting strip mining for coal in the county where the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) was founded. Upon moving to Arizona in 1980, he served as co-coordinator for northern Arizona of the Sierra Club’s “Adopt a Wilderness” program that helped get the Arizona Wilderness Act of 1984 passed by Congress. His first article, which dealt with the threat posed by uranium mining in the vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park, was published in the national Sierra Club Magazine. In 1992, Dagget received an “Environmental Hero” award by the Sierra Club for its John Muir Centennial celebration as one of the top 100 grass roots environmental activists in America. In light of all of the above Dagget has been enlisted to give presentations from Idaho to New Mexico, from California to Maine and now to Cottonwood.

Title of program:  How ranchers are helping save grassland birds

I’m looking forward to sharing my photos and experiences giving a local (Verde River) perspective on the spring 2017 issue of the Audubon Magazine article  How Cattle Ranchers Are Helping to Save Western Grasslands and Birds. Specifically, I will present information on the exceptional results that that can be (and have been) achieved to this end in Arizona and around the West using what is called “regenerative method grazing.” Ranchers who apply this method manage their cattle in ways that mimic the interactions between native or wild grazing animals and their habitat. What they have been able to achieve is definitely surprising and hopeful.