Doug Troutman by Mike Hudak
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BLM’s Management of Livestock Grazing
As a teenager, Doug Troutman sought solitude from the overcrowding of Southern California by hiking in the nearby San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains. Upon graduation from high school in 1962, he began turning his passion for the outdoors into a career by becoming a cook at Yellowstone National Park. During 1966–67, Mr. Troutman served as a helicopter crew chief with the US Army in Vietnam. After leaving the military in 1969, he became a ranger at Yosemite National Park, while also earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fresno State. In 1976, Mr. Troutman joined the Bureau of Land Management, beginning a 23-year career during which he gained extensive experience with livestock grazing, first as a wilderness ranger in Arizona, and then as a wilderness specialist on the Lakeview District in Oregon.

In this video, Doug Troutman talks about his experiences with BLM’s management of livestock grazing in Arizona and the Great Basin—management that benefited ranchers at the expense of wildlife.

Recorded in August 2004. This video is an excerpt from Doug Troutman’s interview in Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching.