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Ames Forester

Abstract

Range management has developed, since the turn of the century, from a pioneering rule-of-thumb practice to a growing science based on tested research knowledge. Most federal range lands have been brought under administration. Private owners now have a greater appreciation of the benefits which can accrue to them, and the public generally, from efficient management of their ranges. Improved practices, developed by research, have already brought millions of dollars in savings and increased revenue to stockmen annually. Such progress would indicate that range conservation had already attained a high degree of success. However, the condition of western ranges was so bad fifty years ago, and there was such a lack of understanding of efficient range management, that major progress has been attained only within recent years.

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