Let’s protect the Gila and Blue Range Wildernesses from destructive livestock grazing!
The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is proposing to re-authorize commercial livestock grazing on over a quarter million acres of public land on the Gila and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico, including the Gila and Blue Range Wildernesses, the Blue Range Primitive Area and two congressionally established wilderness study areas (WSA). These rugged and wild landscapes are home to a host of threatened and endangered species, including Mexican wolves, Southwestern willow flycatcher, and Gila chub.
In addition to continuing the harmful grazing practices of the past, the FS proposes a significant amount of development in the Primitive Area.
Instead of further impairing the wilderness character of the Wildernesses, WSAs and Primitive Area with unsustainable grazing and more developments, the Forest Service should accept the voluntary waiver of the grazing permits and close the wilderness areas to livestock grazing.
The FS also proposes spending over $1 million to construct new range developments, including 46 miles of new water pipeline that will drain natural water sources critical to the survival of imperiled wildlife.
Tell the Forest Service that their environmental analysis is woefully inadequate and will further degrade wilderness values and endangered and threatened wildlife species.