. . . . when you look down at your feet in the meadows.
We went on a range inspection tour Oct. 2, 2007. We inspected the Pass Creek Grazing Allotment. The photo below shows a headwaters tributary of Wet Creek, an important Bull Trout stream.
The little stream (Pine Creek) gradually gained water — burbling and splashing along as it carried a fine mixture of mud and manure down from Pass Creek pass toward the Little Lost River Valley below.
The humps are long lasting features caused by cattle standing on a wet meadow.
I decided to put this photo up too. On the Lost River Ranger District, the grazing permittees are supposed to meet at least minimum “stubble height standards” at the end of the grazing season — 4 inches. In the photo below the standards were easily met!! The way they measure them is to take the average height of the remaining “hydric” species along the waterline (that’s way down in the incised stream in the photo — Pass Creek). Does this make sense?
Now on YouTube
On October 2, 2007 ~ members of Western Watersheds Project went on a Forest Service tour of the Pass Creek Allotment. What they found in the Lost River Range, a place some consider to be among the most scenic places in the West, were watersheds devastated by livestock. Streams that fed into endangered Bull Trout habitat choked with sediment, cow feces, and blown out wildlife habitat.
Video at: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMFDOAd3Kw0>