ONDA, WWP & CBD halt cattle grazing
The Oregon Natural Desert Association’s press release :
PORTLAND, ORE. Jun 16, 2009
Cattle grazing along a steelhead stream, Malheur National Forest. photo: ONDA
Fish advocates applauded a federal judge’s decision yesterday to protect native steelhead trout in the John Day River basin. The court order temporarily halts cattle grazing within important native trout streams in eastern Oregon’s Malheur National Forest. This latest round of the decade-long litigation targets, as the court put it, “repeated failures” by the Forest Service to address grazing impacts to fish habitat. The steelhead, an iconic Pacific Northwest native trout, is listed under the Endangered Species Act as a “threatened” species in danger of extinction.
Grazing has badly damaged stream and riparian habitats along more than 230 miles of streams, according to evidence gathered by ONDA and the Forest Service. Read the rest of this entry »