Two grazing allotments near Bryce Canyon National Park are being studied by the Dixie National Forest for plans to revise them. The public is being invited to participate in the process.
The lands were depleted from overgrazing on the East Fork of the Sevier River from about 1866 until the 1950s but have since made a comeback, according to Carl Guillette, Powell District ranger. Large numbers of livestock that grazed the area for nearly a century caused severe resource damage.Guillette said soil and vegetation conditions have greatly improved since the 1950s through rotation grazing systems and many resource improvement projects on the East Fork and Crawford C&H allotments west of Bryce Canyon.
Livestock is not currently permitted to graze on the Crawford Allotment while 11 permittees graze 443 cattle on the East Fork Allotment.
The ranger said an environmental assessment is being prepared for management plans on the allotments. He invited people who want more information or want to be involved in evaluating the project to contact the ranger district office in Panguitch.