Managing Change on the Range | Arizona Alumni | CALS in the News |
“You can do it wrong; that’s been demonstrated,” says George Ruyle. He is referring to ranching, an enterprise that has evolved over generations in Arizona.
After the Civil War, ranchers who left Texas because of depleted pastures soon encountered the same problem in the Arizona Territory. Overgrazing permanently changed the landscape, and when an extended drought struck the denuded rangelands in the late 1800s, half to 75 percent of the state’s cattle were lost.