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LDS Church’s northern Utah ranch is proving to be a model for Western livestock grazing

Livestock grazing has taken a heavy toll on Western rangelands since the arrival of domestic cattle and sheep that were bred for much damper climates.



a man that is standing in the grass: (Brett Prettyman | Tribune file photo) Rick Danvir, wildlife manager for Deseret Land and Livestock Ranch, points out a popular elk area while touring the private land in northern Utah with Boyd Blackwell of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, in this 2008 file photo. The 200,000-acre Rich County ranch is one of many large agricultural operations owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the nation.


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(Brett Prettyman | Tribune file photo) Rick Danvir, wildlife manager for Deseret Land and Livestock Ranch, points out a popular elk area while touring the private land in northern Utah with Boyd Blackwell of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, in this 2008 file photo. The 200,000-acre Rich County ranch is one of many large agricultural operations owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the nation.

These animals, which have contributed greatly to the West’s pioneer heritage, have damaged fragile alpine and desert ecosystems, fouled stream corridors and rearranged native plant communities, environmentalist say.

While they contend public lands grazing is not sustainable in its time-worn form, Utah’s notably dry and cold Monte Cristo

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