By KELLEY KARMAN/CBS NEWSMAN – APRIL 10, 2020 12:07:08A deer land.
A business kiosk.
A place for people to meet.
A couple of parking spaces for your car.
All that, in the shadow of a huge, sprawling concrete construction site.
In fact, that’s how much land the U.S. Forest Service has in its possession right now.
In the years since the first deer campground was built in the late 1950s, thousands of acres of land have been planted, filled, leveled, cleared, razed, re-zoned and subdivided, and in doing so, created a patchwork of different, often conflicting goals for deer management.
One thing that has been constant in the fight over what’s best for deer and other wildlife is that land ownership is the ultimate form of economic development.
It can be a good thing to have more acres of farmland to grow your crops, it can be bad to have fewer acres of agricultural land to grow food.
In this case, the idea of having more acres is not in question.
But what happens when you have a lot of land to manage?
How much land should you own?
And how much of that land should be left to wildlife?
That question has been a big part of the debate over deer management for years, with some wildlife groups saying that it’s all about profit, while others argue that it can also be a source of economic opportunity.
It’s all very complicated, but here’s the bottom line: Deer management is one of the biggest economic drivers in our nation, and it’s the key to creating jobs, helping our economy grow, and making sure that our wild places are safe and protected.
The U.N. estimates that between 15 percent and 25 percent of U.T.s deer population is located in the Upland and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
These areas include the vast majority of the state of Colorado, as well as parts of Utah, Wyoming and parts of Arizona.
A study released last year by the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Agriculture and Trade Economics estimated that the value of the Utopias of the Colorado Plateau, the Rockies and the San Juan Mountains, would be worth $8.4 trillion over the next 20 years.
That’s $8,000 per square foot.
The value of a square foot of land in the United States is roughly equivalent to $30,000, according to the U-M study.
That is, if the value were to grow by 2.5 percent a year.
And it’s a huge amount of land that needs to be managed.
The Forest Service is trying to figure out how to manage the deer population that is there in a sustainable way.
One of its main priorities is the expansion of a new campground in the mountains of southeastern Utah called the Rancho Del Rio Deer Campground.
This year, it’s been working with local farmers and ranchers to build the new campgrounds.
They’ve done this by building and building more than a thousand acres of new land.
The goal is to get them all ready to accommodate the expected deer population growth of up to 50 percent a decade, said Mike Ruggles, the executive director of the Forest Service’s Northern Nevada Division.
Ruggles and the other top management officials at the Forest the Ranchland Campground plan to start a deer management plan with the local communities this summer.
And they’re trying to identify what kind of management strategies they need to use to keep the deer and elk populations in check.
“We want to make sure that the management we’re doing right now is appropriate for the deer that we have,” Ruggs said.
“And also for the population that we will have after that.”
For years, the Forest has tried to balance the needs of both the landowner and the deer.
It has used a variety of management practices, but ultimately, the main goal is that the deer stay out of the forest, which is how it has worked in the past.
The problem with a deer-only management system is that it doesn’t do enough to protect the wild places.
One way to address this is to try to remove the barriers to the deer populations that make the deer so valuable to our economy.
It used to be that the only people who could get deer into the hills were people who had deer-taming licenses.
But a lot more people have licenses now.
So they’re now the only ones who can get deer in the hills, said Gary Stang, who manages the Rocky Mountain Elk Association.
“You have to have a system that allows people to be able to control deer,” Stang said.
It’s also important to understand that the Forest is not going to go away if the population continues to grow.
It will continue to grow, Stang added.