FS Gets Direction from House on Bighorn
July 18, 2014

The House Interior Appropriations Committee issued language to the U.S. Forest Service (FS) this week in regard to its work with domestic and bighorn sheep.

The FS was directed to work diligently with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in the development of scientifically defensible analyses, specifically on the probability of sufficient contact for pathogen transmission and, if there is transmission, the probability of disease and the spread of the disease to the herd in the wild. The House committee was not convinced that this important step was thoroughly addressed in the Payette National Forest's Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision announced on July 28, 2010. The committee further directed the FS to cooperate fully with ARS in a review of the risk analysis and assessment portions in that decision, with the objective of assuring a more defensible and sound basis for future decisions in other parts of the West where there are bighorn and domestic sheep conflicts.

The interior committee directed the FS to brief the committee on its progress every six months.