Items by Karl Hess

Imagine a West without heroes
The West should quit looking for heroes to rescue it - especially heroes like Major John Wesley Powell, who, the author believes, did the region more harm than good.
Grazing reform: Here's the answer
A liberal and a conservative come together to offer a grazing reform package that they claim will work.
If rain doesn't fall, the money will
Drought relief subsidies encourage ranchers to overstock and overgraze.
Ranchers forced into numbers game
The authors opine that BLM grazing rules are rigged in favor of overgrazing and work against conscientious ranchers.
Babbitt inherited a mess; his plan will make it worse
The authors argue that Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's Rangeland Reform '94 proposal will do more harm than good.
How to remedy overgrazing
This reader, for one, does not agree with HCN's analysis of why overgrazing has occurred and the proper course for resolving its tragic environmental legacy.
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