Triangle/Chino Winds NRCD
Our mission at the Triangle/Chino Winds NRCD is to advocate for all local agricultural producers. We are dedicated to coordinating with governing agencies and local landowners to achieve conservation goals.
Tragedy of the Commons
By: Reuben Vernon
Critics of public land ranchers often complain that we act like we own the public land that we manage. I often wonder, might ranchers have a different reputation if we all had a stronger sense of ownership?
In economics, the concept of “Tragedy of the Commons” refers to the overuse of a common (or public) resource by an individual or small group of users. In principle, it can happen whenever the cost of an activity is borne by more people than actually benefit from the activity. Ocean fisheries are the classic example; there is no incentive for any individual to conserve or limit their take, because your competitor over there is
just going to catch more fish if you don’t. The resource then gets overused, because there is no individual incentive to conserve.
As a metaphor for public lands ranching, Tragedy of the Commons breaks down pretty quickly because common grazing allotments are rare. The norm today is allotments owned by a single entity who has exclusive right to the grazing resources in an allotted area. This model effectively solves the Common Ownership problem by conferring a sense of ownership, both of the resource and of the consequences of their management, upon that individual. By making a grazing allotment real property, we incentivize the owner to manage sustainably and engage in practices that increase its value. The costs of overusing or damaging the resource in this case are born by one individual.
The principle applies much more accurately to all the rest of you public landowners out there who bear no direct cost for your bad ideas.
Management of our public lands has become regressive and political because no single entity is forced to bear the burden of our bureaucratic mismanagement. You could make the case that anyone directly affected by catastrophic wildfire is obviously feeling the effects, but the number of people actually feeling the negative consequences of forest mismanagement as a percentage of the voting public is still small. If we were to send the seven-figure bill for fighting a single fire to the Center for Biodiversity, I wonder if they would feel a little greater sense of ownership of our public land.
Perhaps it is not a sense of ownership that we are collectively lacking, but a lack of appreciation for the weight of responsibility that comes with having an opinion.
Better Beef, Better Value
Prescott Livestock Auction
By: Cheryl Taylor
Ty and Courtney Boesch are the new owners of the Prescott Livestock Auction, having bought it in 2020, and they’re excited to continue supporting the ranchers of Northern Arizona, providing a convenient location to sell their stock, as well as maintaining the PLA tradition of events such as Cattleman’s Weekend, while at the same time adding new features such as an upgraded roping arena with lighting.
Much of last spring was spent adding new lighting to the back arena at the sale barn, and through the summer roping's were held on Friday evenings, weather allowing. These roping's went over well and the Boeschs are planning on doing more next year.
On the cattle side of the fence, Courtney says that sales were very good all summer, and are currently on an upswing with a fairly large fall run happening right now. In addition, they are currently planning for next spring’s Cattleman’s Weekend, which they intend to make even bigger and better than last year. This event will be celebrating it’s 31st anniversary and is scheduled for March 18th and 19th.
855 Auction Dr,
Chino Valley, AZ 86323