December 19, 2014
The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to reconsider a new grazing management plan for a large swath of public lands along the Nevada-California line.
The action comes after two environmental groups complained that
the plan for the Bridgeport Ranger District didn't adequately consider the effects of grazing on wildlife and resources.
The area includes parts of Mineral and Lyon counties in Nevada and Mono County in California.
Ed Monnig, supervisor of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, says while he believes the plan is appropriate, he agreed to reconsider it to ensure it meets standards set by federal courts in recent rulings over grazing lawsuits on public lands.
Specifically, the environmental groups maintain that continued grazing will harm the desert landscape that supports sage grouse, a bird they've been trying for years to have listed as an endangered species.