By the end of 2014 volunteers with the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing had monitored conditions on 13 grazing allotments within the Klamath and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests. Some of these areas have been monitored for 5 years. A grazing allotment is an area of national forest land which the Forest Service has designated for grazing by private livestock operators; grazing allotments can be found on most western national forests, often inside wilderness areas. During five years visiting 13 grazing allotments we have rarely found a spring which has not been trampled and fouled by livestock. The cold, clear water emerging from wilderness springs should provide a refreshing respite for wilderness users and habitat for salmon and trout downstream. Within public land grazing allotments, however, water quality is degraded as soon as the water emerges from the earth. To learn how you can help reform public land grazing by documenting trashed wilderness springs click the “Get Involved” tab below.
This 14-page photo-illustrated document reports on the water quality and habitat degradation Project volunteers found in 28 days spent monitoring cattle grazing on 3 national forests during 2015.
Hydrologist Jonathan Rhodes visited the Big Meadows Allotment in the Marble Mountain Wilderness during October 2015. His photo-illustrated report discusses what he found.