Another Dry Year?

John Miera doesn’t want to be known as a big bad bureaucrat. He’d prefer to be thought of as a role model for ranchers who graze cattle on the land he helps manage on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Espanola Ranger District.

Last summer, as district ranger, Miera asked ranchers to remove cattle from leased allotments and shorten their grazing seasons. After years of severe drought and low snowpack in the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains, the land was too dry and forage production too low to sustain cattle.

Since he had already moved cattle off his family’s ranch in northern New Mexico, he knew just what he was asking. [Read More]