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U.S. cattle grazing plan for Idaho monument draws criticism

In this July 2012 file photo, people hike the North Crater Flow Trail at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho. (Tetona Dunlap / Times-News via AP)
In this July 2012 file photo, people hike the North Crater Flow Trail at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho. (Tetona Dunlap / Times-News via AP)

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Final Environmental Impact Statement allows cattle grazing on nearly all of the roughly 275,000 acres it administers in the monument.

The document stems from a federal lawsuit filed by the Western Watersheds Project citing concerns about sage grouse and a subsequent court ruling requiring the federal agency to come up with a new plan.

Lisa Cresswell, the planning and environmental coordinator for the Twin Falls District of the BLM, said the document combined with the BLM’s 2015 Greater Sage Grouse Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment protects sage grouse habitat while allowing grazing in Craters of the Moon.

“We were mostly trying to direct livestock grazing toward (seeded areas) and away from native sagebrush,” she said.




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.