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The Politics of Scale: A History of Rangeland Science

Nathan F. Sayre


This book tells the history of scientific efforts to understand and manage rangelands—the grasslands, shrublands, savannas, tundra, steppe and deserts that comprise some two-fifths of Earth’s land surface. Beginning around the turn of the twentieth century, the United States Forest Service employed scientists in hopes of rapidly discovering ways to heal damage from overgrazing, maximize the production of forage and livestock, and resolve conflicts about the use of public lands. But the scale and variability of rangelands defied the logics of capital, the state and science alike. Exterminating ... More

Keywords: capital, carrying capacity, Frederic Clements, Forest Service, grazing, pastoralism, ranching, scale, stocking rates, variability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226083117
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226083391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan F. Sayre, author
University of California, Berkeley