June Social Distancing Hour: Cattle Grazing in the Arizona Desert
June 30, 2021
Advocates for the West has taken on countless grazing cases during our nearly two decades, working to remove cattle from the delicate, arid ecosystems of the West. A desert is no place for cows to forage for grasses and water, yet grazing remains a primary use of our western public lands. The water and flora that is found in these sensitive places is critical for the survival of the many native wildlife species that make their home in these dry climates, and grazing is highly disruptive, leading to the introduction of invasive weeds, trampling of streambeds, and the decline and eventual extirpation of native plant and animal species.
On June 30th, join us for an online discussion of our latest efforts to halt three destructive grazing plans in Arizona — a state that is growing increasingly hot and dry. Rather than curtail grazing in these conditions, Federal agencies are attempting to increase cattle use in three sensitive areas: on the Sonoran Desert National Monument, home to a wide diversity of plants and animals, including rare saguaro forests and the imperiled Sonoran desert tortoise; on an area below the Mogollon Rim that was closed to grazing in the 1970s due to destruction of the landscape caused by cattle; and in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, which contains some of the rarest and most sensitive riparian habitat in the Southwest.
Advocates for the West’s Senior Attorney Laurie Ruleand Staff Attorney Andrew Missel will be joined by Western Watersheds Project’s Arizona/New Mexico Director Cyndi Tuell, and Rich Dillenburg of the group Neighbors of the Mogollon Rim. Both groups are clients in our Arizona grazing casework.
Following the presentation will be a Q&A session, and the webinar will be recorded and archived along with past Social Distancing Hours on our YouTube channel. We look forward to seeing you online!