Buffalo Commons, The Haverfields, and Prairie Dogs

My very first post on Earthsvoices was about the heroic stand of Larry and Bette Haverfield and their work for the grasslands and the black-footed ferrets.  What many ranchers in western Kansas see as a “prairie dog problem” to Larry is really a problem of the lack of predators.  The destruction of prairie dog villages has destroyed the predators.  It’s all about balance, you see.

Larry’s daughter, Cathy,

English: Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys lud...

English: Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) at in Washington, D.C., USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

keeps me up to date on her father.  She recently emailed me an article by Wil S. Hylton in Harpers Magazine entitled Broken Heartland.  Larry and the prairie dogs‘ story begins at the bottom of page 11.


On a side note, Larry’s teacher and mentor, Allan Savory, is up for a 2013 TED talk.  The talk will focus on a wildlife grazing system that has been proven to reverse desertification of land.  Important stuff.  You can vote for him here: http://talentsearch.ted.com/video/Allan-Savory-How-wildlife-can-r;TEDJohannesburg%20target=


About Marsha Diane Arnold

Children's books are where I play. My passions are children's literature and the amazing animals and plants that inhabit our planet.
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