I have driven over much of the US and seen farm land and range land showing the obvious signs of degradation and over-use. People almost always try to get more out of their property than it can sustain over the long term.
There is no doubt that one can find examples of neglect of privately owned properties, but (and I too have driven, thumbed, and walked back and forth across America), you might want to question how much of that land, especially in the central and western states, is owned by the federal government and leased at subsidized rates to ranchers and others, none of whom have a vested interest or familial interest in protecting or maintaining it. Back to Ardy's Commons, again.:-) Yours, Issodhos
"When all has been said that can be said, and all has been done that can be done, there will be poetry";-) -- Issodhos