by Alan Carpenter
I had the good fortune to meet Arizona rancher Jim Crosswhite at a meeting I attended in Albuquerque earlier this year. Soon after I began visiting with Jim, it became apparent to me that he was not your average landowner. He purchased a small ranch about seven years ago in eastern Arizona. It turns out that his property harbored one threatened species and the creek was classified as an impaired water by the state because of high turbidity. Jim has worked tirelessly over the past seven years improving the creek and the rest of his land. It is a very inspiring story. I have featured Jim’s work on his ranch in Arizona because I think it applies throughout the west. It shows what can happen with creativity and hard work. After you read his story, I urge you to check out his web site for all the details.
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