Cliff Gardner’s Documentary Files
Cliff and Bertha Gardner are life-long Nevada ranchers.
In addition to their homestead, they owned grazing rights on adjacent public
rangeland. They resented the way government land managers were so biased
with popular environmental dogmas. They recognized that “environmentalists”
were hostile toward ranchers, with slogans such as making rangeland “Cattle
Free by 93.” They were threatened with the prospect of having their grazing
rights (and their livelihood) taken away from them. They believed they were
at an unfair disadvantage, because government land managers seemed to have
control of the data, which were being used against ranchers.
Cliff launched his personal quixotic battle against
the hostile forces that were threatening his ranching industry. He knew that
much of the anti-cattle propaganda was false and some of it was just plain
phony. He saw rangeland data being misrepresented and other “data” presented
that was simply contrived. So Cliff began gathering documentation to refute
the misleading propaganda. He went to respected range management research
from decades before environmentalism became such a pervasive political
force. He found rangeland research that was being ignored by government land
managers, because it didn’t fit with the cattle-hostile mandates that they
were expected to implement.
Cliff also accumulated historical documents describing
the observations of early explorers and settlers of western lands.
Historical accounts portray a barren, unproductive, desert wilderness,
almost devoid of wildlife. For years, Cliff and Bertha collected copies of
these documents and placed them in a personal filing system. Some of the
documents are very rare. Cliff believed that some documents were actually
being suppressed because they threatened environmentalist dogmas.
Cliff and Bertha now have a project to make their
voluminous archive of
documents available on the Internet. Their website is
not complete, but can be viewed at: