Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 7, 2022

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Bans Livestock Grazing Across 33,000 Acres in Big Win for Sage-Grouse, Other Wildlife

Center for Biological Diversity News Release

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest released its final decision today to deny cattle grazing on almost 33,000 acres of scenic, biodiverse public lands in the Eastern Sierra. The area harbors habitat for bi-state greater sage-grouse, rare Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and Lahontan cutthroat trout.

The U.S. Forest Service had been reviewing whether to initiate cattle grazing on inactive allotments where sheep grazing was discontinued to protect Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep from domestic sheep-borne disease. The four allotments have been free of all livestock grazing for approximately 15 years, allowing these rare high-elevation habitats to recover.

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