Dan Macon

A life-long resident of the Sierra foothills, I've been farming full-time for the last 5 years. We raise sheep, goats and beef cattle, and we also sustainably harvest a wide range of local forest products.

Web Site: http://flyingmule.blogspot.com


Testimony re: Draft CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife Gray Wolf Conservation Plan

Feb 1, 2016

Tonight, I testified at the last of three hearings held by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding its draft Gray Wolf Conservation Plan.  A number of stakeholders worked with the Department on the plan, including the California W...

Big Dogs, Hot Fences and Fast Sheep – A Few Thoughts on Predators and Sheep-raising

Jan 30, 2016
Big Dogs, Hot Fences and Fast Sheep – A Few Thoughts on Predators and Sheep-raising

In the 12 years I've raised sheep commercially, I've been fortunate to have very few problems with predators.  Normally, I'd say "knock on wood" here; but luck has very little to do with our lack of predator problems.  We use an integrated st...

Ranching, Wildfire and Community

Jan 28, 2016
Ranching, Wildfire and Community

photo credit: Gordon LongLast week, I helped to organize a tour of the Butte Fire in Calaveras County as part of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition summit.  The tour, and the Coalition's summit on the following day, focused on the int...

A Conversation with the Land

Jan 20, 2016
A Conversation with the Land

Wendell Berry is one of my favorite authors.  As a poet, a novelist, an essayist - and a farmer - he writes about things that interest me - and in a way that makes me think more deeply about my own agrarian efforts.  For Christmas this year, ...

Anguish and Anxiety – Hidden Impacts of the Drought

Jan 17, 2016
Anguish and Anxiety – Hidden Impacts of the Drought

In late December, the Modern Farmer published an article online entitled, "Climate Change is Freaking Farmers Out, Medically Speaking." The piece, by Dan Nosowitz, discusses a recently published study from Australia regarding the mental health imp...

Anguish and Anxiety – Hidden Impacts of the Drought

Jan 17, 2016
Anguish and Anxiety – Hidden Impacts of the Drought

In late December, the Modern Farmer published an article online entitled, "Climate Change is Freaking Farmers Out, Medically Speaking." The piece, by Dan Nosowitz, discusses a recently published study from Australia regarding the mental health imp...

Random Thoughts on Eastern Oregon

Jan 7, 2016

I've struggled with whether I should post my thoughts on what's been happening in Eastern Oregon (relative to the conviction of the Hammonds on arson charges and the militia occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge).  This post, like my thoughts,...

Random Thoughts on Eastern Oregon

Jan 7, 2016

I've struggled with whether I should post my thoughts on what's been happening in Eastern Oregon (relative to the conviction of the Hammonds on arson charges and the militia occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge).  This post, like my thoughts,...

Drought Update: Still (Always) on my mind

Jan 2, 2016

Looking back at my writing over the last six months or so, I've found that I've written about our drought with much less frequency.  While I suppose this could be taken as a sign that I feel like the drought is over, in reality, I think drought has become the new normal for me....

Drought Update: Still (Always) on my mind

Jan 2, 2016

Looking back at my writing over the last six months or so, I've found that I've written about our drought with much less frequency.  While I suppose this could be taken as a sign that I feel like the drought is over, in reality, I think drought has become the new normal for me....

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