Grazing Permit On The Pinchot Extended
Steps added to protect sensitive areas.
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has extended a grazing permit near Mount Adams for another decade while detailing a series of steps to make sure cattle stay inside their boundaries. The renewal continues a 33,000 acre grazing allotment on the south side of the mountain in place since 1988 for a Goldendale rancher to graze 516 calf/cow pairs there during the late summer. Local groups have said they don't have a problem with using public lands for grazing, but have asked for more to be done to keep cattle from wandering into sensitive natural areas. Fencing on the northeast portion of the allotment near Gotchen Creek has been strengthened, and other steps are being proposed. Another issue forest officials are trying to deal with: getting hikers to make sure they close a latched gate on a trail through the grazing area. Livestock grazing on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest has taken place for more than 100 years.