Todd Shuman by Mike Hudak
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  Todd Shuman
The Campaign to Protect the Golden Trout Wilderness from Ranching
Todd Shuman has been involved in social, political, and environmental activism since the 1970s, when he participated in the UC Nuclear Weapons Lab Conversion Project. He worked with Clergy and Laity Concerned over US intervention in El Salvador. And he worked on veteran’s justice issues. During this time, Mr. Shuman earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at UC Santa Cruz. In the latter half of the 1990s, as a Sierra Club volunteer, he helped organize club members to protect the Golden Trout Wilderness from the damaging impacts of livestock grazing. Since the successful completion of that effort in the fall of 2000, Mr. Shuman has served on the Sierra Club’s Grazing Committee, and is a former California director for Western Watersheds Project.

In 1988, beer maker conglomerate Anheuser-Busch purchased the Cabin Bar Ranch in California’s Sierra Nevada to obtain water rights that would insure a backup water supply for the company’s Van Nuys brewery. Associated with the ranch were public lands permits to graze cattle within the Golden Trout Wilderness, home to California’s state fish, the golden trout.

In this video, Todd Shuman describes his efforts from 1995 through 2000 to mobilize the Sierra Club and other organizations, such as California Trout and Trout Unlimited, to protect the Golden Trout Wilderness from the damaging impacts of cattle owned by Anheuser-Busch.

Recorded in August 2003. This video is an excerpt from Todd Shuman’s interview in Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching.