Conservation Corner

As we end our trilogy on the who’s, why’s, and how’s of the “Land and Natural Resources Plan and Policy” (Plan) here in the Conservation Corner, you may be wondering, how is it used? 

 Since the Plan’s inception in 2016, it has been referenced numerous times on issues addressing “wild” horses, livestock grazing, threatened and endangered species, special designations, forestry, etc.

Multiple letters, articles, interviews, and testimony have been written and/or given regarding the negative impacts of excess “wild” horses on the health of the rangeland.  All reference the policies that are included in the Plan that support managing the horses at the identified Appropriate Management Level (AML).  

Recently, the Districts submitted a letter to the Forest Service in support of the Yellow Jacket Timber Harvest Project and referenced specific policies supporting the reduction of fuels through silviculture and grazing, to improvement of watersheds and wildlife habitat, and the decreased risk of fires and disease. 

The National Environmental Policy Act, better known as NEPA, is one of the primary laws that guides the planning process for the federal land management agencies. Referencing the local Plan, the Districts and County submitted comments supporting regulation updates and requesting streamlining of the process while working closely with local governments.

The Plan highlights local history, customs, culture, and economics which must be considered in federal land management agencies’ decision-making processes. It includes strong policies supporting private property and water rights.  The Plan supports no net-gain in federal lands and multiple uses of public lands.  

Find the link to review the plan in detail on the front page of the Districts’ website at www.whiterivercd.com.

Stay tuned next week for important information regarding water resources!