Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Upper Green DEIS offers continued but less grazing

The Forest Service’s Upper Green livestock-grazing draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) “preferred alternative” proposes continued use of six pasture allotments but also maintain ranchers’ reduced turnout numbers of the last several years. Upper Green River Cattle Association president Albert Sommers said Monday after reading the entire DEIS, he has concerns about unexpected “implications.” “It’s 700-some pages,” Sommers said. “It’s very difficult to go through a document of that size and understand all the implications in there.” Alternative 1 is the required “no action” alternative, with grazing eliminated after two years, term permits cancelled and interior fences likely removed, according to the DEIS executive summary...more

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