rising over Cache Peak; view from
Upper Buckhorn Canyon (Cassia Division).
The Albion Mountains and adjacent public lands are currently being used for livestock grazing. Portions of the forest division have been closed to livestock grazing; including Independence Lakes and the summit region of Mt. Harrison. Trespass incidents have occurred in past years despite closures. Livestock utilization of riparian habitat can lead to adverse impacts of vegetation, watershed, and wildlife values if proper management standards and guidelines are not applied. A brief survey was conducted of riparian sample sites following the 1999, 2000, and 2001 grazing seasons to assess the impacts of livestock grazing to these representative sites. These same locations have been re-assessed following or near the conclusion of the 2002 grazing season in order to determine livestock impacts and current riparian conditions.
Each location surveyed for this chapter has retained the same numerical designation as in Volumes I, II, and III, and includes the following sample sites:
1. Bennett Springs, Creek Flow*
2. Bull Spring*
3. Cold Spring*
4. Cold Spring Creek*
5. Mill Creek*
6. Spring Canyon*
7. Twin Lakes, Thompson Flat*
8. Unnamed Springs, BLM*
9. Unnamed Springs, East Forest Boundary*
10. Unnamed Springs, West Elba Pass*
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