Steve Nelle is retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service where his career spanned 35 years as a range conservationist, and wildlife biologist. Steve often engages as an advisor, teacher and leader in spreading the understanding of riparian areas. He is a major contributing author of Your Remarkable Riparian. Steve has been an advisor and botanist on the Soil for Water monitoring team since its inception.
“Well-managed livestock grazing is a tool that allows land managers to achieve both ecological and economic goals,” says Steve Nelle, a San Angelo, Texas-based range and wildlife specialist with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. “It is the only land management tool that can make money instead of cost money, so it is often the most cost effective, and perhaps, the most natural and ecologically friendly tool we have to manipulate vegetation, allowing us to improve range conditions and wildlife habitat.”