Having grown up on a ranch, Jim Prunty found it natural to pursue a career in livestock-related jobs. Then, in a major career change past the age of forty, he joined the US Forest Service as a fire management officer.
For more than twenty years in southern Idaho, Prunty worked in a variety of tasks related to fire prevention, fire suppression, and range improvement—tasks in which he learned much about the consequences of livestock grazing for the land and vegetation.
From his many years of experience performing fire management for the US Forest Service, Jim Prunty comments on the environmental damage that results from putting cattle onto recently burned landscapes.
This video is an excerpt from a longer interview with Prunty, the transcript of which is contained in WESTERN TURF WARS: THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC LANDS RANCHING (westernturfwars.com).