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Cattle Grazing’s Role in Reducing the Vitality of Desert Grasslands
In the 1960s Steve Johnson’s interest in photography and a love of nature led him to recognize the pervasive harms that livestock grazing inflicts on public lands.

Initially a middle-school biology teacher, Johnson served from 1972 until 1989 as the southwestern field representative for Defenders of Wildlife.

More recently, he has consulted for environmental organizations about the impacts of livestock production on public lands and endangered species.

In this video, Steve Johnson talks about the role of cattle grazing in reducing the vitality of America’s desert grasslands.

Recorded in September 2003. This video is an excerpt from Steve Johnson’s interview in Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching.