March issue of Sonoma magazine: Sonoma ranching by the numbers
I'm currently reading Christopher Ketcham's book This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West, which is certainly changing my perspective on ranching in the West, but Sonoma County is a bit of a special case. Not that the industry here is perfect or harmless, and not everyone does it right...but I'd argue ranching does contribute a net benefit to the county through small-scale, often organic local food production, and by preventing conversion to other, more intensive or less ecologically sound land uses including development.
Here's a short little one-pager full of numbers and statistics I rounded up on ranching in Sonoma County.
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