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Avian Species Harmed by Holistic Management
Clait E. Braun earned his BS in technical agronomy from
Kansas State University (1962), his MS in
University of Montana
and his PhD in wildlife biology from
Colorado State University
(1969). While a student, he was at times employed by the
US Department of Agriculture
Montana, and by the
Montana Department of Game and Fish.
In 1969, Dr. Braun joined the
Colorado Division of Wildlife
where, during his thirty-year career, he held positions that included program manager, wildlife research leader, and researcher. His studies of
led to his discovery of the
in 1977. He was also instrumental in naming the species.
Dr. Braun has published over 200 scientific peer-reviewed and technical publications, mostly on birds, including sage-grouse. He is a past president of the
past president of the Wilson Ornithological Society,
past president of the
Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science,
and past editor of the
Journal of Wildlife Management.
He has been an invited lecturer at over twenty-five colleges and universities in the
Since January 2000 he has headed the consulting firm Grouse Inc.
In this video, Clait Braun talks about impacts of Holistic Management on avian species in the American West, most specifically in the West’s desert grasslands—the former having existed without large herds of large, native ungulates for the last 12,000 years or so due to aridity and elevated average temperatures, among other factors.
Recorded in September 2004. This video is an excerpt from Clait Braun’s interview in
Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching
Note: If you are unfamiliar with Holistic Resource Management (currently known as Holistic Resource Management), your appreciation of this video may be enhanced by first reading George Wuerthner’s article
“The Donut Diet: The Too-Good-to-Be-True Claims of Holistic Mangement”
or Jeff Burgess’s article
“Holistic Resource Management (HRM): Panacea or Snake Oil?”
Additional critiques of Holistic Management include those by
, James McWilliams
For another video critique of Holistic Management, see