Economic Research Institute Study paper
Utah State University
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The use of America's western rangelands has changed dramatically over time. For example, when early trappers and pioneers entered this area they were used primarily by American natives. Later they were used almost exclusively as a source of feed for domestic livestock. Some land where sufficient water was available was converted to other forms of agricultural production. Since the early 1940's, however, many of these lands have hecome sites that are used extensively for recreational activities (e.g. hunting, fishing, site seeing).
Godfrey, E. Bruce, "Livestock Grazing and Wilderness: A Survey of User Attitudes" (1983). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 399.