Uinta Cattle Grazing Allotment Monitoring

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Status

In 2013, Y2U reported to the Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest and the Ashley National Forest that cattle were trespassing, long-term, in the Burro Peaks Allotment, which was closed to grazing in the 2003 Forest Plan Decision. Y2U again documented these trespass cattle in fall of 2015. A report documenting this trespass was submitted to both Forest Supervisors at the end of October, 2015. We continued monitoring in October of 2016, reporting results to the Forest Service. In summer of 2017, we significantly expanded our monitoring efforts and dialogue with the forest service.

Current work and future plans:

  • Met with both Forest Supervisors (Ashley and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache) in January, 2017 to discuss what actions the Forest Service intends to take to prevent additional cattle trespass.
  • In summer 2017 we continued monitoring the Burro Peaks, Thompson Peak, and West Beaver Allotments that were closed to grazing in the 2003 Forest Plan Decision for trespassing cattle.
  • We reported  trespass cattle to the Forest Service and continue pressuring the agency to maintain the standards set forth in Annual Operating Instruction (AOIs).
  • Y2U was mentioned as an organization helping monitor allotments in the Hickerson Park and Commissary Park AOI’s produced by District Ranger Rowdy Muir from the Ashley National Forest Vernal District.
  • We are continuing to work with Rowdy as well as District Ranger Rick Schuler from the Evanston-Mountain View District.
  • In 2018, we will expand this program to include citizen scientists volunteers who will help monitor closed allotments. We will then engage in joint monitoring with Forest Service rangeland specialists on the open allotments.

Expected Outcome

Y2U’s consistent involvement in monitoring combined with our relationships established with the District Rangers will help keep permittees following the AOIs, thereby preventing the majority of trespass cattle in the Uinta Wilderness.