Look for evidence of grazing locally. Have you seen sheep, cattle, goats, or horses grazing nearby? Road signs indicating grazers? Trucks carrying grazing animals on the highway?
Discuss how your life is affected by grazing animals. Do you live on a ranch or raise livestock? Do you know someone who does? What food, clothing, and other benefits do you receive from grazing animals? Have you spent time in wide open spaces?
Define the characteristics of land that is suitable for ranching. Where are such lands located in Oregon? Review the rainshadow effect on Oregons climate east of the Cascades.
Use a road map of Oregon to locate places discussed in the program. These places include the towns of Arlington, Burns, Cecil, Heppner, Hermiston, Jordan Valley, Madras, Ontario, Paisley, Pendleton, Shaniko, and The Dalles. They also include Baker, Crook, Lake, and Morrow counties. Are any of these areas located near you? What major landform regions3 do these areas occupy?
Distinguish between public and private land in Oregon. Review a map of lands owned by the USDA Forest Service, the USDI Bureau of Land Management, and the state of Oregon.
3See Orr, et al. (1992, Geology of
Map of teacher on-line resource.
Suggested activities to do while viewing the documentary and after viewing certain sections.
Map of historical and current locations important to ranching in Oregon.