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Narratives of Blacks and Women

African-American homesteaders were among those who moved to the Great Plains, escaping post-Civil War discrimination in the South. In 1877, a committee of five hundred black men documented beatings, violence, and continuing oppression, but were unable to achieve redress in the U.S. Senate. Former Georgia slave and Civil War veteran Henry Adams and others organized the Exodus of 1879 to Kansas. During that year, some 20,000 to 40,000 poor blacks migrated into Kansas along the Chisholm Trail, seeking land and work on the western prairies. More than 5,000 African Americans worked the Chisholm Trail as skilled riders and cowhands, while other blacks became homesteaders. Some towns became primarily black, while in others, blacks mingled with whites at work, in schools, and in sports. In the early 1880s, a period of heavy rainfall induced large influxes of people, including many families of black homesteaders, westward to the High Plains of Nebraska and Kansas and then into eastern...

Western Values and the New World

And enhancing national political and military strength. Government programs subsidized the infrastructure needed to support modern forms of agriculture, resource extraction, industry and commerce, and helped establish new settlements to accommodate an expanding population and integrate new lands into the national economic, political and social systems. Policies supporting this social paradigm included wars against and forced resettlement of indigenous peoples, the Homestead Act of 1862, and large grants of public lands to private entrepreneurs as incentives for building railroads. Diversions from this strategy, when they occurred, were not aimed at basic cultural or ideological changes, but rather at either conserving valuable natural resources from utter depletion or preserving charismatic landscapes and creatures from destruction. Conservation strategies might include the replacement of logged-out forests with plantations of rapidly growing species to insure steady supplies of wood...

The Conservation Movement

The perception of abundant unexploited lands teeming with wildlife and fertile soils began to turn to one of wasted resources and inefficient use. Timber companies cut the best trees and moved on without reforestation, leaving slash and litter behind. Ranchers exploited the perennial grasses of the open range, leaving sagebrush and eroded soils. Settlers discovered that periods of drought made farming in the arid West unreliable and that dams and canals for irrigation were costly to construct and maintain. Market hunters and fishers depleted supplies of fish and game and decimated bird populations for feathers for women's hats. Rivers, lakes, and air were polluted from industrial development. reserves, established in 1891 through the Forest Reserve Act. During this period, certain lands within the public domain were reserved from homestead entry as forest reserves. In 1905, Pinchot transferred the forest reserves out of the Department of the Interior and into the Department of...

Lands for Railroads and Education

Federal lands were granted not only to individuals, but also to states and railroads. In addition to the federal government, most of the western states deeded lands for railroad development. Railroads were granted a right of way of 100 yards and then 20 square miles on either side of the track in alternate one-square mile sections, creating checkerboard patterns. The sections could then be sold to homesteaders. Agents for the railroads went to Europe and the East Coast to encourage people to travel west by rail and settle the alternate checkerboards they had acquired. They offered land to immigrants by giving them incentives on transportation costs for specific crops, such as corn or wheat, to be grown on the Plains. This practice dovetailed with the federal government's policy of encouraging the transportation, marketability, and internal development of the country.

Key Influences on Energy Policymaking in New York City

Con Edison' s ambivalence about renewables may be one reason the report was written this way. Con Edison has long expressed concern about renewable energy systems in the city, dating back to 1977, when urban homesteaders had to sue to force the utility to permit the interconnection of a small wind turbine atop an abandoned tenement in lower Manhattan. Con Edison had refused fearing power surges from this two-kilowatt system would damage their ten million-kilowatt network. After a long back-and-forth debate, the New York State Public Service Commission intervened, ruling that Con Ed must allow this windmill and up to 24 others to connect to its grid (Energy Task Force 1977 Greenhouse 1977).

Discovery and Early Exploration

Eubanks, a homesteader in the area, was the first documented explorer of the cave, as reported in the Colorado Springs Gazette in its Annual Edition of 8 March 1925. One article in the Gazette stated that the government had set aside 320 acres of land surrounding the cave for a national monument. It planned to open the cavern, believed at the time to be so extensive as to exceed the size of Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. According to another article in the same issue of the Gazette, Coloradoans who had been in the cave declared that, once exploration was completed, the cavern would be comparable to the Cave of the Winds near Colorado Springs. Eubanks claimed that the cave had three levels and that the

Green Politics That Cross Red and Blue States

Ernie Shea spent eighteen years running the National Association of Conservation Districts, representing community-based soil and water districts around the country, and he knows a little something about farming and the farm community. Today he runs the 25x'25 coalition, a strongly bipartisan group of farmers, ranchers, and foresters who have joined with other partners to support the goal of meeting 25 percent of America's total energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2025. This unlikely group of advocates has found a new voice and a new

Land use change and deforestation

Increasing numbers of livestock in modern energy intensive farming systems are given high-energy feed like soya, often produced in developing countries (and often used in developed ones). To find the land to grow it ranchers will sometimes turn forests to pasture. So our meal of choice has direct consequences for the climate. A report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization found that, globally, livestock accounts for 18 per cent of GHG emissions (37 per cent of human-related global methane and 65 per cent of global nitrous oxide emissions), a figure that includes deforestation to clear land for animals, and associated emissions.

Box ITrusting Commons

A similar example is the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), which buys development rights to the rolling farm and ranch lands on the western edge of Marin County, California. Ranchers get to keep and work their land and pass it on to heirs. The public gets stunning and unspoiled landscapes, plus active stewards on the land. To date, MALT has protected nearly 15,400 hectares roughly half the ranchland in the county on 58 family farms and ranches. Given the development pressures in west Marin and the trophy palaces that Bay Area millionaires are lusting to build, the importance of MALT to one of the nation's most stunning landscapes is hard to exaggerate.

The Good and the Bad of Blowin in the Wind

Another advantage of wind power is that wind turbines can be built on farms or ranches, which benefits the economy in rural areas. It makes sense, too, as most of the best wind sites are found in rural areas. Also, because wind turbines are big structures that require a lot of space between them, the land where a wind farm sits can be used for multiple purposes. Farmers and ranchers can continue to work the land literally between and below wind turbines. The added benefit to farmers and ranchers is that wind power plant owners will actually pay them to use their land. For a land owner, this practice is akin to having a great big house and then renting one of the rooms.

Other Policies to Protect Biodiversity

Other incentive programs encourage species protection in the United States. Since 1987, The Defenders of Wildlife have been paying ranchers for the costs (dead sheep and cows) caused by wolves. Sometimes species are protected because of market demand. Hunters pay farmers to reserve their land for hunting. The Delta Waterfowl Foundation pays farmers to protect waterfowl nesting habitat. While some animals are hunted and killed, great pains and costs are incurred to preserve the animals for future use. Food and habitat are maintained, and in the process other wildlife are protected as well. In other cases property owners protect wildlife and habitat for aesthetic reasons.

Inhofe Responds to Critical New York Times Editorial

Alarmists admit Kyoto would have minimal impact on reducing temperatures. Even the Kyoto Lite proposal of McCain-Lieberman would have cost American households an additional 810 a year and more than one million jobs would have been lost. Under McCain-Lieberman, electricity prices would have increased 20 and the difference in temperature would have been a mere .029 Celsius. These proposals would affect all Americans, including ranchers, farmers, those in the retail industry and virtually all sectors of the economy. Even the most ardent global warming alarmists now realize that Kyoto and similar proposals are all economic pain for no climate gain.

Environmental Movements

In 1974, the year that the military government officially began the process of democratization known as abertura (opening), the rubber tappers began to organize, with the assistance of the Catholic Church and the National Confederation of Agricultural Workers (CONTAG). The 1970s was a growth period for Brazilian civil society, as a myriad of new popularly based groups advocating a range of civil liberties and social justice issues arose to take advantage of a more open environment and accelerate the process of democratization. The claims of the tappers to their lands were rarely documented making it difficult for them to pursue their interests through the legal system. The principal tactic of the tappers then was to impede the work crews sent by the new owners to clear the forest. The empate or standoff, was meant to be a non-violent confrontation. But the organized tappers' actions were frequently met with violence by police, military, and private paramilitary units employed by...

Global Warming A Dire Threat To The Wests Wildlife Legacy

Trout Affected Global Warming

The contiguous United States west of the Mississippi River, and July 2006 was the warmest July on record for Wyoming and the second warmest on record for North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Nevada.11 In California, more than 160 people died as a result of triple-digit heat wave in July.12 And farmers and ranchers throughout the West faced considerable losses as crops and livestock perished in many areas.13

Tornadoes And Microbursts

An exceptionally strong wind gust or lull in the eyewall of a hurricane, particularly if it is attended by a perceived change in the air pressure (felt on the eardrums), can signify a passing tornado or microburst. The author noticed several instances of this phenomenon during the passage of the forward portion of the eyewall of Hurricane Andrew in Homestead, Florida. The wind would suddenly abate for a couple of seconds, and high pressure was felt on the eardrums. After the storm, some trees were blown down at angles much different from what would have been expected if the winds had blown in straight lines at all times. This lends support to the hypothesis that the eyewall of Andrew contained tornadoes or microbursts, or both.

History of the Ownership of the Porcupine Cave Property

Park County records reveal that Jacob G. Decker of Denver applied for the first claim to the property surrounding the cave on 13 May 1922, to use it for cattle ranching under the Homestead Act of 1909. This claim was first contested in 1925 by Lawrence E. Frees of Buena Vista, Colorado, then by Walter A. Filmer, who applied for a claim to the land on 23 October 1928 and patented said claim on 7 February 1931. In March 1931 he sold the land to cattle rancher Frank M. Fehling while keeping easement rights to the cave with an option to purchase it and develop it as a scenic attraction and a curio. His easement rights ran out in 1941, and the land, including the

Ranching in South Park

Some of the more notable ranches in South Park include the Salt Works Ranch, initially homesteaded by the Charles Halls in the early 1860s the Hartsel Ranch, established in 1862 by Samuel Hartsel, which grew to be the largest ranch in Colorado and one of the largest in the nation by the late 1950s (Bair, 1959) the Guiraud ranch, located on the South Fork of the South Platte in the water gap in Red Hill, established by Adolph Guiraud, who also claimed the first two permanent ditch rights for agricultural purposes in 1861 (Simmons, 1966) and the Stirrup Ranch, homesteaded in 1880 and eventually owned by Wharton H. Pigg (Everett, 1966a). Lon and Badger Gribble were well-known early ranchers Badger's son Dudley ran horses on Black Mountain (Everett 1966a). The Bassham family first homesteaded in Nathrop in 1870, and Bassam Park was named after George Bassham, who farmed a large area in South Park (Shaputis and Kelly, 1982). In unpublished personal remembrances, Mary Ann Parrott Locke...

Birds Roost Before A Storm

Similar behavioral changes have been observed among other animals. During the Klondike gold rush, sled dogs were known for digging their sleeping holes in the snow on the sides of trees that later faced away from the wind during a blizzard. Some ranchers say they can tell whether the next day will be fair or foul, based on the behavior of their cattle. In the Florida Keys, some natives say they can tell when a hurricane looms, because the roaches get restless.

The City as Wilderness

For many white urbanites, negative feelings about the city wilderness were fueled by racist reactions, not only to blacks like Wright, but also to dark-haired, dark-eyed immigrants from southern Europe. Newspapers and cartoonists portrayed impoverished refugees from Mediterranean farms and villages as living in pestilent squalor with the animals they brought. Newcomers, who could have squatted on public lands and staked out a homestead farm in an earlier era, became urban squatters while they looked for housing and jobs. When they camped by necessity alongside their poultry and goats in city parks and on streets, they were stigmatized as uncivilized threats to the safety and health of the community.

Federal agencies that oversee natural resources

Caused by farmers, ranchers, logging and mining companies, and fuel wood collectors. Governments have often encouraged the settlement of land through cheap credit, land grants, and the building of roads and infrastructure. Much of these activities led to the destruction of forests, causing some governments to reverse their policies.

Ending Perverse Subsidies

Remember that the T (technology) factor in the I PAT equation includes the social, economic, and political arrangements connected with the technologies that are used to supply what is consumed. A classic example of those arrangements is the subsidizing of modern ocean-vacuuming fishing fleets to service the consumption of fish, mostly by the rich. Those subsidies allow fishers to pay for the technology that allows overfishing, the destruction of ocean ecosystems, and the collapse of one fish stock after another to economic extinction (the point at which, even with subsidies, fishing is no longer profitable). Subsidizing high-tech exploration and production of oil and other fossil fuels is another perverse example. The subsidies underwrite and encourage more use of fossil fuels, which are deeply damaging to the environment. They also impede the development of more benign and efficient energy technologies (which themselves are subsidized, but inadequately). The result is to keep fossil...

Land Law in the Arid West

A land policy shaped by the agrarian ideal in the well-watered and wooded East often proved disastrous when settlement pushed onto the arid plains beyond the 100th meridian. Traditional farmers lured too far west by wet years in the climatic cycle were devastated when more normal drought years followed. Moreover, the cattle ranching, dry-land wheat production, and mining that could be practiced in the arid West required far more land to support a family than the 160-acre norm of federal land policy. During the cattle boom of the late nineteenth century on the high plains, ranchers typically grazed their stock without cost on vast reaches of public lands by controlling the only water sources where settlement was possible. Range wars and intimidation of intruders by armed cattlemen's associations were not uncommon, but where possible ranchers and miners sought title to strategic sites. Symptomatic of this problem were the extensive frauds perpetrated under both the Log Cabin Law and a...

US Department of Agriculture

Such management is conducted cooperatively with farmers, ranchers, and landowners who utilize technical assistance provided by the NRCS to address such things as the environmental effects of pesticides on agricultural and ranch lands. Among the programs that the NRCS has jurisdiction over are the Natural Resources Inventory, Rural Abandoned Mines, and Wetlands Reserve Program. A number of countries, including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, and Spain, have taken the DOA's lead in conducting similar pollution control activities. see also Agriculture Pesticides.

Property Rights Movement

The property rights movement has been most active in regions in the eastern and southern United States, where title to land is often in a family's name for many generations. Historically, there has been an assumption that the right to control the land belongs to the titleholder, regardless of changes in the law or public policy. Many activists are farmers, ranchers, or rural or beachfront property owners who are unaware of the ecological value of their land until they decide to develop it. This has led to a national debate over competing land-related interests the rights of the property owner to use the land versus the government's interest in controlling pollution, protecting wildlife and their habitat, and managing ecosystems or even other landowner's property.

Norwegian Methods in the United States

There is little doubt that some members of the bureau were just too attached to their ways of operating to see the usefulness of Bergen School methods. Others were probably resentful that Europeans were trying to tell them how to make forecasts in the United States. The primary reason that the Bergen School methods were not immediately accepted was the significant difficulty of applying polar front and air mass analysis methods in a country as large as the United States. Unlike densely populated European countries, the United States had large expanses where no one lived. West of the Mississippi River, large tracts of land contained only a few hardy farmers, ranchers, or lumbermen. Even if they could have reported weather data back to Weather Bureau headquarters for inclusion in the daily map analysis and subsequent forecast for the next day, the observations would have been so widely spaced as to be meaningless.

Reclamation and Water

The West suffers through months of habitual drought. 6 In his 1878 Report on the Lands of the Arid Region of the United States, John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) identified the amount of annual average rainfall as constituting a fundamental difference between the lands of the western and eastern United States. Lands west of the 98th meridian were characterized by erratic rainfall in amounts from 5 -20 inches per year. Less than 20 inches of rain a year was insufficient to grow crops reliably. Powell classified western lands into irrigable lands and arid lands. For an irrigated farm, 80 acres, or one-half of the quarter section that the Homestead Act had set out as the basic unit, would be enough for a homestead. Fertile land existed in the river valleys and adjacent lowlands, where water could be easily diverted, for use by irrigated farms. The Reclamation Act of 1902 established a fund from the sale of public lands to be used for the construction and maintenance of irrigation works in...

The California Experienceeffects Of Global Trade Agreements

California farmers and ranchers produce more than half of the nation's fruits, nuts and vegetables. The majority of California food crops remain in the U.S. over three-quarters. The remaining 26 percent are exported. However, because of international trade and investment agreements, along with U.S. domestic policies that collude with these rules, many agriculture sectors have been hard hit due to an influx of cheaper foreign imports. The following illustrates some of the effects

Cities Versus Farms

Colorado, with a fast-growing population, has one of the world's most active water markets. Cities and towns of all size are buying irrigation water rights from farmers and ranchers. In the Arkansas River basin, which occupies the southeastern quarter of the state, Colorado Springs and Aurora (a suburb of Denver) have already bought water rights to one third of the basin's farmland. Aurora has purchased rights to water that was once used to irrigate 9,600 hectares (23,000 acres) of cropland in the Arkansas valley.24 Far larger purchases are being made by cities in California, a state of 36 million people. In 2003, San Diego bought annual rights to 247 million cubic meters (1 cubic meter of water equals 1 ton) of water from farmers in nearby Imperial Valley the largest rural urban water transfer in U.S. history. This agreement covers the next 75 years. In 2004, the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies water to 18 million southern Californians in several cities, negotiated the...

Adaptations Today

For example, in some parts of Australia, climate change has brought more rain, enabling some ranchers to support larger herds of cattle because their ranges have been more productive growing grass, and the farmers are benefitting from the extra productivity. Other northern locations in Canada and Russia will be better able to produce agricultural goods, but climatologists warn that areas of benefit will be few, far between, and sporadic and will be insignificant in comparison to the overall negative effects of global warming.

Wind Energy

The utilization of wind power, not unlike water power, dates back thousands of years. The Egyptians built and used sailing boats in 2000 bc, while later sailing ships made world exploration and travel possible, allowing Columbus to discover America and Ferdinand Magellan to complete the first voyage around the world. It was not until the end of the 19th century that wind, as the prime energy source for maritime transportation, declined rapidly with the development of steam-powered vessels. On land, windmills provided energy for milling and pumping of water in early Mediterranean and Eastern civilizations, as well as in medieval Europe. Windmills continued to play an important role well into the 20th century in the rural United States or Australia, providing energy for isolated farms, mostly to pump water for irrigation and livestock. In the late 19th century, windmills also began to be used to produce electricity, making it possible for farmers and ranchers far from electricity...

Chico Mendes

Francisco 'Chico' Alves Mendes Filho, man of courage, words and deeds, hero of the rubber tappers of the Amazon, played a major role in the transformation of the landscape of the Brazilian rainforest. Chico Mendes was born on 15 December 1944 on a rubber estate in Xapuri, Acre, in northwest Brazil. Forty-four years later, on 22 December 1988, he was brutally assassinated, leaving wife Ilzamar G.Bezerra Mendes and their two children, Helenira aged 4 and Sandino aged 2. Mendes' short life was devoted to leading the rubber tappers' fight to defend the Amazon Forest and its fragile eco-system against exploitation by powerful and wealthy land speculators and ranchers. Ruthless exploitation from a variety of sources was to become the dominating force in the rubber tappers' existence, and resistance to this the focus of Mendes' life. Traditionally rubber tappers were at the mercy of a system of debt bondage, but during the 1960s and 1970s this system faced collapse in Xapuri. Ranchers from...

Fish Tale

However, the agency apparently had other ideas in mind. The protected status of wild salmon and steelhead populations has been challenged by developers, farmers, ranchers, timber interests, and private property advocates, who seek to end government restrictions on land and water use to protect wild fish habitat. At the same time, the development of a new Bush administration policy on hatchery fish was being overseen by Mark Rutzick, whom President Bush appointed early in 2003 as special adviser to the NOAA general counsel.51 Previously, Rutzick had served as a lawyer for the timber industry, and he was a strong opponent of the fish and wildlife protections that logging companies viewed as overly restrictive. Rutzick first proposed the strategy of including hatchery fish in population counts for endangered salmon while he worked on behalf of timber interests.52

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