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Lower Imnaha River range analysis available for public comment
Project was initiated in 2009 with public meetings and field trips
BAKER CITY — Reauthorization of 43,897 acres of Lower Imnaha River grazing land will be available for public comment, starting today.
The Lower Imnaha Range Analysis considers the environmental impact of reauthorizing of the Cow Creek, Rhodes Creek and Lone Pine allotments within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
The actions would address concerns with threatened and endangered species such as the Spalding’s catchfly, soils and recreation.
“Livestock grazing has been permitted on these allotments since the early 1900s and we realize the importance that grazing contributes to the economy of our area and rural lifestyle of Wallowa County,” said District Ranger Kris Stein. “Periodically, we need to review the condition and trends of the vegetation and soils to determine whether to continue the permitted grazing for the established numbers and seasons.”
The draft considers five separate alternatives and Stein has not identified a preferred alternative.
The Lower Imnaha project was initiated in 2009 with public meetings and field trips with tribal members and interested individuals and organizations continuing through 2011. With the uncertainty of the effects of grazing on the listed threatened plant Spalding’s catchfly, the Forest Service decided to document the analysis under an Environmental Impact Statement rather than an Environmental Analysis, a more thorough review.
The alternatives propose a range of grazing and management activities across the project area. The primary differences between the alternatives revolve around the strategies for how cattle graze the pastures — changes in timing, locations and intensities of grazing and pasture rotations.
More information view the document
The document can be accessed on the Forest Service website at www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30717 or request a CD or hardcopy by contacting Jodi Feiling at 541-426-5521.
Who to write
If you have any questions, feel free to contact District Ranger Stein at 541-523-5546.