Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: June 30, 2008
Publication Date: June 30, 2008
Citation: Havstad, K.M. 2008. Essays of a peripheral mind: The range problem in New Mexico. Rangelands. 30(3):56-58. Technical Abstract: This essay reviews the 1908 report on the condition of rangelands in New Mexico written by Elmer Ottis Wooton. The purpose of this review is to evaluate the central recommendation in that report which encouraged a federally based system of land resource management. The premise of this review is that this recommendation was inappropriate, and that management of lands that are strongly shaped by humans should be in the hands of those people living on these rangelands. The increasing frequency of locally-driven, community-based management groups in the western U.S. reflects the value of a non-federal system of management practices and applications.