Friday, June 19, 2009

Federal Judge Issues Order on John Day Grazing

US district Judge Ancer Haggarty issued an order this week that the Forest Service must assure that grazing allotments in the John Day basin don't harm threatened summer steelhead. While the Judge did not completely shut down two large grazing allotments, he demanded that it be scaled back and impacts be monitored. In making his decision Judge Haggarty stated, "Plaintiffs have shown that they are likely to succeed on the merits of multiple claims against the Forest Service and National Marine Fisheries Service and that irreparable harm to Middle Columbia River (MCR) steelhead is likely to occur if this court does not partially enjoin grazing on the allotments at issue."

The John Day Basin is one of the Longest undamned rivers in the lower 48 and is considered a stronghold for wild steelhead in the middle columbia basin. See more information at the Columbia Basin Bulletin.

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