America has a long lasting infatuation with the iconic cowboy. So it is not very romantic to point out that nothing is harder on the fragile, arid public lands of the American West than private livestock grazing. The irony is that for all the damage it causes, public land livestock grazing is an uneconomic enterprise. While the majority of public land is grazed it provides only three percent of the nation’s livestock forage. It would not show up in retail beef and lamb prices if it disappeared. Public land livestock grazing would not exist without substantial tax payer subsidies. There is a potential win-win free market solution that provides willing ranchers the freedom to accept generous, permanent buyouts of their grazing permits. For now that solution is, perversely, not generally legal.
The purpose of The No Bull Sheet is to provide–with a sense of humor–compelling, objective evidence of the prevailing problems of poor public land management along with success stories and win-win solutions.
Mark Bailey grew up in Utah, California, and Florida before returning to Salt Lake City in 1974 to study engineering and finance at the University of Utah. After a career in investment management, he co-founded Torrey House Press to promote conservation through literature. In 2017 he rotated off the board of Wild Utah Project and in 2018 joined the board of Western Watersheds Project. Mark is an amateur astro-photographer, cross-country and downhill skier, private pilot, and avid reader. He lives in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah with his wife Kirsten Johanna Allen and has two grown children. Mark is publisher and editor of The No Bull Sheet.
Dennis Willis retired from a 35 year career in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) working in both the rangeland management and recreation programs. He has lived in Price, Utah for almost 40 years and is dedicated to the wondrous landscapes of southern Utah. His freelance consulting firm, Sustaining Landscapes LLC works on a variety of land use issues.
Kevin Jones . . . coming soon.