True grit

In a heated showdown with Western cattlemen, Idaho environmentalist Jon Marvel, ABí72, tries to outlaw livestock grazing on public lands.

It’s Jon Marvel, AB’72, vs. cattlemen in a fight over public lands.

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By Lydialyle Gibson
Photography by Dan Dry

Steve Kaiser's home, which he calls Big Lost Ranch, is a complex of cabins in the Pioneer Mountains. The oldest was an 1880s trading post and, later, an outlaw hideout. Now it's a bar for the Kaisers' bed-and-breakfast.

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By Lydialyle Gibson
Photography by Dan Dry

Jon Marvel's environmental organization, Western Watersheds Project, is headquartered in Hailey, Idaho, 15 miles outside the Sun Valley ski resort.

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By Lydialyle Gibson
Photography by Dan Dry

 

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By Lydialyle Gibson
Photography by Dan Dry

Often, cows eat grass down to the dirt.

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By Lydialyle Gibson
Photography by Dan Dry

Idaho ranchers Charles Lyons (left) and Eric Davis explain how grasses eaten down in the fall will grow back by spring.

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By Lydialyle Gibson
Photography by Dan Dry

One of the buildings on Eric Davis's ranch is a one-room cabin built in the 1800s by a Norwegian farmer who scythed hay by hand and kept a small herd of cattle, enduring long winters alone on the range.

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By Lydialyle Gibson
Photography by Dan Dry


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