Red Ryder Vegetation Management

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Y2U is actively engaged in efforts to stay educated on current land management science. We work diligently to attend conferences, review relevant publications and meet with agency personnel to accomplish this goal. For example, Y2U staff attended the 2017 Restoring the West conference at Utah State University to learn about current science on wildlands fire management and related topics. Since then, Y2U has organized several follow-up meetings with Forest Service siliviculturists to gain a deeper understanding of forest restoration needs that have resulted from 50 years of fire suppression. Our goal is to ensure that the feedback we provide to agencies is constructive and well-informed by science. 


Y2U has submitted scoping comments and a proposed alternative for analysis in response to the Forest Service's plans to thin timber in the Bear River Range, both in the Logan and Ogden Ranger Districts. The timber harvest is being proposed in the name of wildfire control and to prevent the spread of pine beetle, but more evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed methods is required. The timber harvest and creation of roads would increase habitat fragmentation and degradation within the Bear River Range and the important Yellowstone to Uintas wildlife corridor. When considering threats to the Bear River Range, we recommend that the Forest Service also address the impacts of livestock grazing in addition to managing for wildfire and pine beetle.

From the scoping comments:

"Over the years we have monitored conditions and found excessive amounts of bare soil, forest understory losing litter cover, soil carbon and nitrogen being depleted, conifer forest mycorrhizal fungi layer disrupted by livestock trampling, riparian areas degraded, spawning habitats filled with high levels of sediment from eroding watersheds and banks, causing native cutthroat trout to experience extreme mortality of their eggs and larvae. Our analysis has shown that many allotments are overstocked, the native herbaceous plant community greatly below potential and increasers dominating the community. Water developments create highly damaged areas as cattle and sheep congregate around them."

Read the below attachment for our full analysis, critique, and and suggestions for the proposed Red Ryder Vegetation Management.

pdfRed Ryder Scoping Comments18.67 MB