Don Oman describes the livestock management and environmental conditions that he encountered on the Twin Falls District of the Sawtooth National Forest upon his becoming the district ranger in 1986.
Oman was raised on a Montana farm and went on to earn his bachelor's degree in forest management from the University of Montana. In 1986, after twenty-three years with the US Forest Service, he became district ranger on the Twin Falls Ranger District (Sawtooth National Forest, ID) where he found severe environmental damage caused by livestock. During his ten years on the district, Oman came to national attention because of conflicts with ranchers over the management of their cattle under his jurisdiction.
This video is an excerpt from a much longer interview with Oman contained in WESTERN TURF WARS: THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC LANDS RANCHING. See westernturfwars.com for details.