6 Apr 2010, 5:24pm
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Environmentalists lose land linked to preserve

KHQ, April 5, 2010 [here]

Pocatello, Idaho - The federal government has canceled three central Idaho grazing allotments that were not being used by livestock, but critical to a preserve run by environmentalists.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management canceled the allotments, which total about 7,000 acres, last month for the Greenfire Preserve near the East Fork of the Salmon River.

The preserve is overseen by Western Watersheds Project, which for years has worked to curtail livestock grazing on public lands across the West.

The BLM canceled the allotments after citing Greenfire officials for making false statements on grazing applications related to the preserve.

Specifically, agency officials focused on statements made by Western Watershed[s] Project officials that they had no intention of letting livestock graze the parcels.

The Idaho State Journal reports the environmentalists have 30 days to appeal.



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