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Domestic Sheep Grazing on Public Land


May 4, 2021
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Domestic Sheep Grazing on Public Land

Wild sheep don't happen by chance because they are a part of nature. There are many moving parts and behind-the-scenes work that WSF must engage in to fulfill its purpose of Putting and Keeping Wild Sheep on the Mountain®. Vigilance around domestic sheep grazing allotments on public lands is one of these mission-critical boxes requiring constant engagement.

Currently, WSF is in the process of developing scoping issues and concerns in anticipation of submitting a comment letter to the Forest Supervisor for the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) in Wyoming regarding its proposal to amend a bighorn sheep standard in their 1990 Forest Plan. The scope of the plan amendment includes all future decisions regarding domestic sheep restocking and grazing. The scale of this plan amendment is Forest-wide on grazing allotments that overlap core, native bighorn sheep home ranges. The deadline for scoping comments is June 4, 2021.

WSF wants to ensure that adequate spatial and temporal separation occurs between domestic sheep grazing and USFS-managed habitats on the BTNF for several core, native bighorn herds that spend part or all of their year on USFS-managed lands.
 
• Letter to Bridger-Teton NF
• Response Letter from Bridger-Teton NF
• Scoping Letter 4.20.21
• Plan Amendment Legal Notice 4.21.21

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