(By SCCA/The Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association is a group of cattle producers and concerned citizens dedicated to engaging civic and community leaders on issues that affect the industry. Our regular meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Stevens County Commissioners Hearing Room. To contact SCCA, email: email@example.com.)
The start of the 2017 grazing season on the Colville National Forest (CNF) started June 1, allowing ranchers with grazing agreements to turn out their cattle on various portions, or allotments, of the forest. Now that the season has begun, the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association feels it is important to clarify the misinformation about cattle grazing on federal land and remind the public what requirements ranchers must meet during the grazing season.
For instance, although wolves may be present in some areas of the CNF, cattlemen do not automatically have wolf information, like collar data, available to them as part of their grazing lease. While the grazing agreement between a ranch and the CNF does include many details, it does not include wolf information. In addition, the summer grazing plan must be approved by CNF staff who oversee a variety of specifics, including where salt blocks and water tanks can be placed, pasture rotation plans, fencing, road access and other matters. More