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Grazing on Public Land: WSF Weighs in on Proposed New Policy

April 20, 2021
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Permits to graze domestic sheep on public-land grazing allotments can be a significant factor affecting separation strategies between domestic sheep and wild sheep. Every chance there is an opportunity to be heard, WSF speaks up. 

Most recently, WSF weighed in on the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed update of their Rangeland Management Directives, or Grazing Manual. WSF believes any new USFS Directives should include essential and clear guidance on coordination and management strategies where the presence of domestic sheep and goats may lead to interaction with wild sheep; the potential for pathogen transmission between the species must be critically addressed.

WSF joined the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in submitting a detailed comment letter to the USFS in Washington, DC, urging these considerations be included.


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