National Grasslands Week
National Grasslands week stretched from June 17 through 23. This year national grasslands celebrates its 75th year anniversary. There are 20 national grasslands in 13 states and all were established by the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act of 1937.
In our meeting last week with the Forest Service, I was asked about national grasslands. Needless to say, I want on and on about national grasslands. If you have been to one, you understand how I could talk about them for half an hour. The person final asked me “What do you like best about national grasslands?”
That question gave me pause but after a minute I realize I do really like national grasslands. I like them because they give me hope.
Think back to their beginnings. They were depleted, unproductive, and dead but now they are productive, healthy and viable. The weather conditions for the past 10 years have been as bad, if not worse, as those of the 1930s. Have you heard massive dust storms or massive migration of farmers off the land. No and that is because the grasslands have returned to their pre-Dust Bowl conditions, with the help of the Forest Service, ranchers, and farmers.
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