To the Editor:

I don't know why so-called "environmentalists" are pushing so hard to eliminate grazing in the Columbia River Basin. If they weren't so delusional about their "cause," they'd realize their efforts are pushing more ranches to liquidate their herds and sell out to developers.

Even with the most restrictive land use rules in effect, Eastern Oregon ranchers whose holdings average 5,400 acres can divide their land into 160- or 240-acre parcels. Do the math. Is it better to have one family living and working on 5,400 acres, or hundreds of families, with roads, wells and septic tanks dotting the landscape with trophy homes?

You decide. If the "greens" had any sense, they'd be working to keep ranchers on their land.

State Sen. Ted Ferrioli

John Day

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