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News: Don't Eat That Snow

Fall Line
posted: 08/11/2000

For Angel Fire Resort, N.M., the solution to its ski-slope erosion arrived on the hoof. As part of a state environmental program, cattle are put to summer pasture on Angel Fire's expert slopes. The cattle act as rototillers, seeders and manure-spreaders. "This was the only way to get fertilizer up there because the trails are so steep," explains rancher Trina Davis. "We went with 35 head at about 1,000 pounds each," she says. "Their hooves pound the hay and seed into the slopes and help water penetrate the soil." Cynical government bureaucrats call it the "poop and stomp project," Davis admits. "I didn't like the name at first, but the program is working, so I don't mind it anymore."

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