Steve Herman by Mike Hudak
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Cattle-Damaged Wildlife Habitat at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
Steven Herman, raised first in Pennsylvania and then in California, traces his passion for experiencing and protecting the natural environment to his childhood hunting and fishing adventures with his father. Later, as a college student, Herman’s views on environmental conservation were strongly influenced by professors Richard Mewaldt of San José State University and Aldo Starker Leopold of the University of California at Berkeley. Herman earned his PhD in zoology from the University of California at Davis in 1973 and has taught courses in ecology, natural history, and animal behavior at The Evergreen State College since 1971. Over the years, he has closely followed the management of livestock grazing at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge (both in Oregon), and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada. He has also fought to protect habitat of the pygmy rabbit in Washington state.

In this video, Steve Herman recalls personal experiences that illustrate how cattle grazing at Oregon’s Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge degraded habitat essential to wildlife. He then notes the dramatic environmental recovery that occurred within that portion of the refuge from which cattle were excluded in the late 1980s.

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