Upper Green River Area Rangeland #3049

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Status

On August 22, 1996, the Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) requested that the Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest initiate formal consultation regarding potential adverse effects to grizzly bears associated with the continuance of permitted livestock grazing on four sheep allotments in the Upper Green River drainage. The Forest Service agreed to prepare a biological assessment. After additional possible grizzly bear activity was identified in the Upper Green River drainage in the vicinity of six permitted cattle allotments, the scope of the assessment was expanded to include the six permitted cattle allotments, namely the Badger Creek, Beaver-Twin, New Fork-Boulder, Pot Creek, Roaring Fork, and Upper Green River allotments.

In March 1997, the Forest Service provided a biological assessment (“BA”) and requested formal consultation. The Fish and Wildlife Service completed a draft Biological Opinion (“BO”) on October 31, 1997, and a copy was provided to the Forest Service and the Upper Green River Cattle Association (“UGRCA”) permittees. On October 28, 1998, the UGRCA permittees and their attorney met with representatives of the Forest Service and FWS to discuss issues associated with the March 1997 BA and the October 1997 BO; several changes to both documents were agreed upon because of those discussions. The Forest Service provided FWS with an amendment to the March 1997 BA (dated January 27, 1999) and in July 1999, the FWS issued a final BO.

Currently, the Bridger Teton National Forest is conducting a DEIS in regards to the continuance of permitted grazing of domestic sheep and cattle in the Upper Green River drainage. Y2U will:

  • Continue to collaborate with other environmental organizations to submit comments in regards to the DEIS.
  • Object to the continuance of unsustainable grazing in the Upper Green River drainage where it is not compatible with seasonal Grizzly Bear use.
  • We met the Director of Western Landowners Alliance at the October 2017 Restoring the West Conference. She outlined some of the issues ranchers in the Upper Green face with respect to trying to reduce sheep predation from grizzly bears. We will continue dialogue with the WLA Director.

Expected Outcome

pdfObjection to the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision