Paradise Lost

The Forest Service continues to expand harmful livestock grazing around the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. George Wuerthner explains why that is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars.

The Custer Gallatin National Forest (CGNF) recently released its decision on the future of six East Paradise Grazing allotments. The allotments, Suce Creek, Pine Creek, Elbow Creek, Mill Creek, Six Mile South, Six Mile North lie south of Livingston, Montana, and near or adjacent to the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness.

Although the Forest Service considered a no-grazing alternative, it chose to EXPAND total acres open to livestock grazing over the present situation, which requires costly “range improvements” like pipelines, fencing, and other taxpayer-funded development to mitigate livestock impacts—all to permit the continued use of public lands for the private profit of local ranchers.

LINK (via: The Wildlife News)

 

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