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Ohmart concurs with Stuart that genuine reform has come to the Tonto, long Arizona's most devastated national forest because of overgrazing. "Compared with ten years ago, I'm much happier with the condition of the Tonto--not satisfied, but much happier," he says. "Of course, one of the big problems is that no matter what Troy and Judy do, you probably won't see a permanent improvement until everyone on the watershed starts using HRM, because the protection of streamsides depends upon the capacity of the hillsides to hold water." It took Troy and Judy Neal the better part of a day's work to fix the mangled fence. Since then, Neal has expanded his experiment with Holistic Resource Management undaunted, but a little saddened, that his critics have yet to take him up on his invitation to sit down and talk.

"I felt if they really knew why this fence is here, they'd realize it's protecting the range. But if you can't see people, you can't talk about it."

"People not only like cowboys, they deify them," fumes Dan Daggett of the Sierra Club.

"I won't shoot a rattlesnake; they're needed because the javelina eat them."


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