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Bitterroot Forest Public Land Grazing with Some Changes

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Looking toward the Sleeping Child area. (Fullerton Photo)
The Bitterroot National Forest has suggested reauthorizing grazing on areas of the Sleeping Child and Two Bear Creeks.

The proposal is for areas 10 miles southeast of Hamilton that have been used for grazing since the 1930s, according to Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest. In a news release, he said the current grazing levels average about 45 cow/calf pairs from June 1 to September 30.

The new proposal would reduce the grazing season by two weeks, adjust the boundaries to exclude sensitive wetlands, include some drier upland areas, and develop additional water sources. The area would also be “rested” for a year periodically when no grazing would be allowed. Forest Rangeland Specialist Gil Gale has more information at the Supervisor’s office (406) 363-7100.

Public comments are being accepted until March 14. They can be submitted to Chuck Oliver, Darby District Ranger, 712 Main, Darby Montana 59829. Business hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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