Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Oppose grazing in Greenhorn area


I am writing to recommend that all recreational trail users of the terrific public trail system in the Greenhorn Creek, Deer Creek and Upper Warm Springs Creek watersheds consider providing the Ketchum Ranger District with comments on the proposal from the Ranger District to reauthorize domestic sheep grazing on the Shaw Mountain, Limekiln and part of the Kelley/Greenhorn allotments around Mahoney Butte.

The Forest Service scoping document can be downloaded at this web link: http://bit.ly/SzyaRZ.

The Forest Service is proposing to reopen areas in the Greenhorn Creek watershed to sheep grazing that have been ungrazed by livestock since 2000. This area includes the Lodgepole/Mahoney and Cow Creek trails.

Additionally, the Forest Service is choosing segment analysis in this proposal by ignoring domestic sheep grazing impacts on recreation users from domestic sheep grazing on the Deer Creek and Warm Springs allotments that adjoin and are sandwiched by the Shaw Mountain and Limekiln allotments.

Here are a few comments readers may want to consider sending in to the Ketchum Ranger District:

- Please include in your analysis of the Shaw Mountain, Limekiln and Kelly/Greenhorn sheep grazing allotments the adjacent Deer Creek and Warm Springs allotments.

- Please include full analysis of the impacts of domestic sheep on trail conditions and on recreational users, including mountain bikers, hikers, motorcyclists, horse riders, bird watchers and dog walkers, including the risks of sheep guard dogs to pets and people.

- Please consider closing all high-use trail segments in the Mahoney Butte, Greenhorn Creek, Deer Creek and upper Warm Springs Creek watersheds to domestic sheep grazing.

- Please do not open currently vacant allotments or parts thereof to domestic sheep grazing.

Email your comments to District Ranger Kurt Nelson: kjnelson@fs.fed.us.

Jon Marvel

Hailey

 




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