The Farmer, the Rancher, and the Forest

The Forest

It took generations of environmental activism and political ineptness to create what we are witnessing this summer in the western United States. Incrementally, knowledgeable people who cared for, nourished and improved the forests where locked out. As a result, the forests became overgrown.

fuel for the fire

An overabundance of dead and dying trees provide a surplus of fuel for forest fires.
Image from Bass Lake Summer on Facebook

Then came the perfect storm. Multiple years of drought. The fuel load became to large for control, and the inevitable began to occur.

The impact of these fires is felt far and wide. The smoke we inhale, the friends who have lost homes, even complete communities wiped away. And hundreds of thousands of acres reduced to ash.

Image from Reuters/Max Whittaker

Image from Reuters/Max Whittaker

The Farmer and Rancher

Cattle grazing in the high country

Cattle grazing in the high country, a big part of controlling underbrush and available fuel for fires.
Photo credit Theresa Sheridan.

The above scenario is unfolding again upon the American agricultural landscape. Environmental activism is slowly eroding the food chain of this nation. Environmental regulations, endangered species act lawsuits, and the dumping of water into the Pacific ocean in the name of the environment.

Meanwhile, piece by piece, the ability of this state and nation to supply food is being stolen away. Small communities are disappearing. In the not so distant future, our nation will depend upon foreign nations to supply our food needs.

And once another nation controls our food supply, they control our people.

The end of the American farmer and rancher wont be seen in flames, nor felt in the burning eyes and lungs of choking smoke, nor witnessed on the evening news. It will be felt in the burning belly of hunger, and the despair of being helplessly shackled to the demands of an enemy nation, or perhaps by the very politicians who are engineering this coming catastrophe.

Or Watch it Burn

Bob GoldenOriginally from Fresno, Bob grew up in Sanger and attended Sanger High School where he became involved with FFA. His first job was irrigating oranges. Bob currently work as a mobile mechanic servicing ag equipment both in California and Nevada, and is active with Fresno County Search & Rescue. Bob is a big advocate for agriculture in the valley and Bob’s motto is “I never met a farmer or rancher I did not like”.