​Range allotments

  A. Background

  1. Gifford Pinchot advanced the view of "the greatest good for the greatest number" [1].

  2. He was the first U.S. Forest Service Chief, 1904-1910.

  3. He viewed grazing, along with and timber harvesting, as proper use of federal forest land.

  4. It would include grazing fees as a potential source of revenue [1].

  5. Much later, Dale Bosworth, Forest Service Chief, 2001-2007, envisioned a redirection.

  6. It was change from "mitigating damage from outputs" to "activities for generating outcomes" [2].

  7. He contended "that what matters is what we leave on the land to achieve healthy landscape conditions" [2].

  8. Permitted grazing on federal land administered by the Forest Service continues to the present time.

  9. Range allotments and pastures in the Dolores basin are shown in the map below.​

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  B. Current use​

  1. Permitted grazing is part of land use within the mountainous Dolores River basin [3].

  2. There are 6 vacant allotments in the basin, vacant meaning currently no grazing:

  • Sheep Mountain​

  • Divide

  • Rio Lado

  • Bear Creek

  • Expectation

  • Rico Watershed

3. Of the 42 perennial, trout-bearing streams, 16 are in the vacant allotments:

  • Barlow

  • Bear

  • East Fork

  • Grindstone

  • Horse

  • Little Bear

  • Marguerite

  • Morrison

  • North Twin

  • Rio Lado

  • Roaring Forks

  • Ryman

  • Scotch

  • Silver & Bull

  • Snow Spur

  • South Twin

4. Of the 10 largest-flow tributaries, these 6 are in the vacant allotments:

  • Barlow

  • Bear

  • East Fork

  • Roaring Forks

  • Scotch

  • Snow Spur

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References

  1. Lewis, J. G., The Forest Service and the Greatest Good, a Centennial History, Forest History Society, 2005.

  2. Bosworth, D, "We Need a New National Debate," speech to the Izaak Walton League, 81st Annual Convention, 8/17/2003.

  3. "Dolores Ranger District Range Allotments/Pastures," Dolores Ranger District Office, San Juan National Forest, U.S. Forest Service.