Live-stock grazing as a factor in fire protection on the national forests
Document Type: Book
Author(s): J. H. Hatton
Publication Year: 1920

Cataloging Information

  • Colorado
  • competition
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire intensity
  • fire protection
  • firebreaks
  • forage
  • grazing
  • land management
  • lightning caused fires
  • livestock
  • national forests
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • photography
  • pine forests
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • range management
  • reproduction
  • Washington
  • wildfires
  • Wyoming
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Record Last Modified: July 31, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39255
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13895
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A1.5/2:134 DDW
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Grazing has always been an acknowledged minor influence in fire protection. On the other hand, unregulated or uncontrolled grazing is destructive to forest interests; and the injuries from grazing in the earlier days of unrestricted competition far outweighed the benefits. The possibility of planning grazing management so as to afford greater protection against fire calls for more constructive thought than has heretofore been given it. It must be recognized, however, that grazing may be made a benefit or a drawback in National Forest economy—that its value as a protective factor can be easily overdrawn. Great care. must be taken not to destroy more than we protect. In recognizing the protective value of grazing we must not be led into condoning general injury to reproduction or other resources, which might be prevented, on the ground that the injury is more than compensated by the reduction in fire hazard. There is need, however, for constructive effort to use grazing in our National Forest fire-protection plans, especially at critical points. The tendency has been to follow the easier way of grazing a complete unit instead of concentrating on critical or strategic points.

Hatton, J. H. 1920. Live-stock grazing as a factor in fire protection on the national forests. Circular 134. Washington, DC, USDA Forest Service.