Federal officials say cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows.

SOURCE:  usnews.com

FILE – In this July 2012 file photo, people hike the North Crater Flow Trail at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho. Federal officials say cattle grazing will continue at national monument known for its ancient lava flows following a challenge by an environmental group. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced this week that grazing on BLM-administered portions of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve not covered by lava flows will stay at about 99 percent of current levels.(Tetona Dunlap/The Times-News via AP, File) The Associated Press

US Cattle Grazing Plan for Idaho National Monument Approved

Federal officials say cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows.

By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows following a challenge by an environmental group, federal officials announced this week.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a statement Wednesday said grazing on BLM-administered portions of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve not covered by lava flows will stay at about 99 percent of current levels.

“The decision demonstrates the Trump Administration’s effort to support traditional uses such as grazing on public lands while providing opportunities for recreation and promoting conservation,” the agency said in a written statement.

Western Watersheds Project challenged grazing in the monument contending it harmed imperiled sage grouse, leading to a 2012 federal court order requiring federal agencies to complete an environmental review analyzing reduced grazing or no grazing.

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4 comments on “Federal officials say cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows.

  1. From WILDEARTH GUARDIANS

    Trump’s BLM Web Disaster (excerpts)
    By Jeremy Nichols on April 14, 2017

    For those who don’t know, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been moving to a new website over the last several months. Far from a seamless transition, however, the move has been a complete disaster.

    Let’s be clear, no matter what your interest or agenda is, this is a major affront to transparency. It also underscores how President Trump and his Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, are bent on shutting out the public out of the management of public lands and resources.

    Perhaps it’s not surprising that we’re hearing the agency has been inundated with public complaints over its shoddy web transition. We’ve heard that even Bureau of Land Management staff, who have also relied on the agency’s old website, have been raising complaints

    In an effort to get to the bottom of this and really figure out what’s going on behind the scenes here, WildEarth Guardians just submitted a series of Freedom of Information Act requests to the Bureau of Land Management for records related to the new website development, the migration of content, and anything else that they may have on file.

    https://climatewest.org/2017/04/14/a-web-disaster/

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  2. As always (it seems) the bureaucracy at BLM refuses to remove livestock from anywhere! Have to imagine the exact places that cattle graze are the habitats of sage grouse. But then I guess lowering (!) grazing to 99% will solve any issue of damage, right?

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  3. Looking for Solutions: Restoring the West and Wildlife
    “What can be done to address the problems associated with public lands livestock grazing? There is a simple answer: end it. Get the cows and sheep off, let the wild creatures reclaim their native habitat, and send the ranchers a bill for the cost of restoration.”
    http://www.publiclandsranching.org/book.htm

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