Wild Lands of the West | The BLM, National Geographic Magazine: Ranch Life In The West

Man and boy dressed as cowboys work side by side pulling on fence in dry rangeland.

Lending his weight, Zed Davies helps his father, Stacy, mend fences on Roaring Springs Ranch in Harney County, not far from Steens Mountain in Frenchglen, Oregon.

Ranchers and environmentalists mended fences of their own to reach a mixed-use plan for the area. Preservation of the mountain was a priority for both sides, but each held different opinions on the best way that could be achieved. Meetings were held at the Roaring Springs Ranch in 2000 and a compromise was reached, balancing ecological factors and ranching traditions.