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it looked amid this landscape. On acreage hundreds if not thou-sands of times larger than the front lawns and back yards surrounding the it looked amid this landscape. On acreage hundreds if not thou-sands of times larger than the front lawns and back yards surrounding the
mansions of Colorado Springs, the family lived in a modest log cabin.
Hank was practicing a form of range management inspired by the grazing patterns of elk and buffalo herds, animals who’d lived for
millennia on this short-grass prairie. His ranch was divided into thirty-five separate pastures. His cattle spent ten or eleven days in one
pasture, then were moved to the next, allowing the native plants, the blue grama and buffalo grass, time to recover. Hank stopped the
minivan to show me a nearby stream. On land that has been overgrazed, the stream banks are usually destroyed first, as cattle gather in the
cool shade beside the water, eating everything in sight. Hank’s stream was fenced off with barbed wire, and the banks were lush and green.
Then he took me to see Fountain Creek, which ran straight through the ranch, and I realized that he’d given other guests th...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08