Rose Strickland is a member of the Public Lands Committee of the Sierra Club and co-author of How Not to be Cowed - Livestock Grazing on the Public Lands: An Owner's Manual. She is not an official member of the Trout Creek Mountain Working Group, but is an informal part of the group's consensus process. She and her husband, Dennis Ghiglieri, last participated in a Trout Creek range tour in 1997.
"I am supportive of good
stewardship, fixing bad management and improving range conditions.
I don't care what the name of the project is or who the manager is.
I am in support of good stewardship wherever I find
"There is only one
criterion I use in evaluating this stuff: What happens to the land?
Does it get better? That's why I am still around in the Trout
Creeks. I am very impressed with the recovery of the
"We actually saw
Lahontan cutthroat trout spawning in Willow Creek, in a place they
weren't supposed to be. It just blew us away. That was
"The cooperation is
fine. But there were lots of things that didn't make us feel too
good. There were allotments that were beat up, meadows that had too
much use and erosion going on. Not everyone believed in the
stewardship ethic. In fact, we were lectured rather nastily by one
of the permittees, about private-property rights and uppity
environmentalists and the oppressive federal government. So I don't
think all the ranchers are into
"I don't think the issue
is grazed or not grazed. The issue is what is the best way to
manage that piece of country. If you are getting good fish and
wildlife habitat with grazing, grazing is not an issue. If grazing
is destroying habitat, then you've got to do something about
"I am on the
anti-grazing side where grazing is not appropriate, where the land
is either not capable or not suitable for livestock grazing. But I
am desperate. I will try anything - anything - to improve
conditions on public
"If I can do it in
collaborative working groups, I'll do it. If I can do it by
bringing a lawsuit to get cattle out of areas they shouldn't be in,
I'll do it. But mostly I do it by trying to support good managers,
whether they be individual ranchers or BLM range cons. That's my
strategy: Support good
"If ranchers are
taking care of the land, they are going to get my support. How can
environmentalists not support them?"