October 10, 2008
October 10, 2008 - The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service for the Payette National Forest is now available online. The DSEIS reanalyzes the effects of current and proposed management on the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
Payette National Forest officials are considering a ban on domestic sheep grazing in some areas frequented by wild bighorns. If approved, the plan would force several ranchers to give up grazing areas in parts of Hells Canyon and the Salmon River Canyon.
The comment period on this draft plan is open until Jan. 2, 2009.
The full impact statement and other pertinent information is available at www.fs.fed.us/r4/payette/publications/big_horn/big_horn_sheep_documents_index.shtml#top