Cooperative educational programs are rapidly convincing all groups that it is to the long-time advantage of all to coordinate their interests into an over-all management plan, and that the fundamental guide to be followed in such a plan is the maintenance of satisfactory range conditions.
Even though this has sometimes resulted in a reduction of livestock in some areas and a reduction of game on the same or in other areas, the results have al- most invariably been fruitful of more stable livestock operations and hunting conditions.
We should like to emphasize that the success of these ventures has always been related directly to the degree of cooperation extended by the agencies and interested citizens. An example of such a solution is the plan developed on and near the Dixie division of the Dixie National Forest in southwestern Utah.
State and pri- vate land, a national forest, and a graz- ing district were involved. It had long been a good cattle and sheep range and the sportsmen were proud of the fine herd of deer. The area was closed to hunting for a number of years and rather intensive predator control. carried out.
As a result the deer made tremendous in- creases and before long the livestock operators were complaining of damage to their crops and of poor range conditions both in their fenced pastures and on the public grazing lands.