Introduction to a Fourth Year Update
The purpose of this update report is to provide a condensed monitoring report of the same riparian sample sites that appeared in Volumes I, II, and III of the large report "Seeps, Springs, and Riparian Zones of Selected Public Land Regions". This brief re-survey information has also available on CD and has been made available to the public and to area land managers at no cost.
The report follows the same chapter and geographical format Geographical Format as in the past volumes:
Chapter 2 Albion Division and Adjacent Public Lands
Chapter 3 Black Pine Division and Adjacent Public lands
Chapter 4 Cassia Division and Adjacent Public Lands
Chapter 5 Cotterel Mountains
Chapter 6 Jim Sage Mountains
Chapter 7 Middle Mountains
Chapter 8 Shoshone Basin
Chapter 9 Sublett Division and Adjacent Public Lands
In past years’ surveys, it has been found that even under drought conditions an area of public land will improve if substantial changes in management- such as elimination of livestock or substantial changes in use- have been made. Despite continued unfavorable range conditions, many public land locations have continued to receive little or no management attention while continuing to be grazed in what has become an annual “business-as-usual” manner.
Continued livestock grazing within the arid and semi-arid habitats represented by the Western Watershed Project report area (within Cassia and Twin Falls Counties and within portions of Oneida and Power Counties) has been resulting in severe to extreme resource impacts to public lands that belong to the American people at large. The following report chapter updates will include photos and a brief commentary for more than 130 riparian sites on state and federal lands that have been utilized for domestic livestock grazing in Cassia, Oneida, Power, and Twin Falls Counties in southern Idaho.
The concluding chapter will discuss livestock grazing management failures occurring on a majority of these state and federal grazing allotments in southeastern Idaho. The final chapter will include a discussion not only of the widespread failure of managing agencies to respond to on-going resource degradation, but of management failure to respond to public concerns about water quality, recreation, wildlife, scenic, and other multiple use values on these public lands.
Livestock still grazing in Lone Cedar Unit (Owen’s Corral) of Goose Creek Group Allotment on 9-25-02; 55 days after the specified unit off-date of July 10! Prime example of permittee failure to comply with permit terms and conditions; and of a joint BLM/FS refusal/failure to enforce even the existing terms.