Changes to regulations announced yesterday that affect domestic livestock on public lands in the western U.S. include targeted grazing, a technique that falls under the broader heading of outcome-based grazing.
The idea is to reduce [edible] fuels that might lie in the path of a wildfire.
The fact sheet includes a photo of an infamous fence experiment, where domestic cattle graze vegetation down to stubble. Normally, when you see imagery like this, wild horses and burros are on the other side of the fence.
If the goal is to selectively denude the landscape—the supposed domain of wild horses and burros—why aren’t those animals doing the job?
Because the preferred outcome is to enrich the public-lands ranchers.