Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CENTRAL NEVADA RANCHERS FIGHTING BLM OVER GRAZING RIGHTS


BLM barricade featured image sized
In May the Bureau of Land Management relented and announced it had come to a year-long deal with ranchers on the Argenta allotment on Mount Lewis in the Battle Mountain District to allow grazing. The BLM reneged.
At the end of July the BLM told ranchers using Mount Lewis that “drought triggers” had been met and cattle must be removed in seven days.
“We must remove the cattle from our summer grazing country on the mountain, where there is ample feed and adequate water, to the flat, where there is very little of either,” rancher Pete Tomera told the Elko Daily Free Press.
Bob Schweigert of Intermountain Range Consultants in Winnemucca says ranchers had to sign new grazing agreements with the BLM in May and the BLM is violating terms of those agreements.
The BLM agreed to review key monitoring locations in coordination with permittees in early June, but the scheduled joint monitoring was canceled. Instead days later a rancher came across BLM employees conducting monitorinRead more http://watchdogwire.com/nevada/2014/08/25/central-nevada-ranchers-fighting-blm-over-grazing-rights/g without any ranchers present. Another monitoring outing was scheduled on short notice while permittees were away from the area, and testing again was done without ranchers present.
Ferris Creek in the Maysville South Use Area of the Argenta Allotment (Intermountain Range Consultants photo via Elko Daily Free Press)
Ferris Creek in the Argenta Allotment (Intermountain Range Consultants photo via Elko Daily Free Press)

“They lied to us again,” rancher Eddyann Filippini told the Elko newspaper. “(Battle Mountain BLM manager Doug) Furtado can’t be trusted and we don’t trust the data they collect from the range monitoring sites when they don’t allow us to accompany them.”

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