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Fisher Creek Allotment
- November 28, 2018 7,500 acres
The 7,500-acre Fisher Creek domestic sheep grazing allotment located in the Sawtooth Valley of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area was permanently retired from livestock grazing on November 28, 2018. This allotment retirement will benefit Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, wolves and recreation. The allotment is the location of the famous Fisher Creek-Williams Creek mountain biking loop trail. It also includes 3,000-acres burned in the 2005 Valley Road fire that will continue its long-term recovery without the negative impacts of domestic sheep grazing.
- January 2018 112,000 acresBig Lost River whitefish and wolves
A majority of the permitted cattle use will be retired over two years starting in January 2018. The Sagebrush Fund hopes to retire the remaining cattle use in the next few years. This large allotment includes portions of the Jerry Peak Wilderness Area as well as a number of headwater tributaries of the Big Lost River including Kane Creek, Summit Creek, the North Fork of the Big Lost River, a portion of the East Fork of the Big Lost River, Wildhorse Creek, Garden Creek, Pinto Creek, Deep Creek, Burnt Creek, Twin Bridges Creek, Lake Creek, Bady Creek and Grant Creek.
Herd Creek Allotment
- December 2017 59,364 acresListed Fish, wolves and bighorn sheep
Retired in December 2017 the Herd Creek allotment in the East Fork of the Salmon River watershed provides some of the best remaining spawning habitat for listed chinook salmon, steelhead trout and bull trout. It also provides excellent habitat for the potential expansion of the East Fork Bighorn sheep herd. The Herd Creek allotment includes about 40,000 acres of the Jerry Peak Wilderness Area.
Upper East Fork Allotment
- August 2017 53,775 acresListed fish and wolves
Permanently retired in August 2017 the Upper East Fork allotment is located in the headwaters of the East Fork of the Salmon River partially within the White Clouds Wilderness Area, the Upper East Fork allotment provides habitat for three listed fish species, chinook salmon, steelhead trout and bull trout as well as wolves, black bears, mountain lions and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The allotment has experienced years of conflict and negative environmental impacts from poorly managed cattle grazing.
Warm Springs Meadows Allotment
- August 2016 18,000 acresWolves and three listed fish species
Permanently retired August 2016 the Warm Springs Meadow allotment includes listed fish spawning habitat and a wolf pack in the Warm Springs Creek watershed in the White Clouds Wilderness Area.
Cape Horn Allotment
- January 23, 2017 86,000 acresDomestic Sheep
The Cape Horn domestic sheep allotment on the Middle Fork District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest includes numerous headwater tributaries of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River including important spawning and rearing habitat for ocean-run Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Trout as well as native Bull Trout. The allotment also provides habitat for wolves, wolverines, black bears and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The allotment had experienced many conflicts between domestic sheep, wildlife, recreation and fisheries, all of which are now resolved.
Wyoming Range Allotments
- October 2016 65,000 acresDomestic Sheep
The 65,000 acre north-central Wyoming Range domestic sheep allotments south of Jackson, Wyoming on the Bridger-Teton National Forest overlap the home range of the Jackson Bighorn Sheep herd. The seven allotments formerly put the Jackson bighorns under high risk of disease transmission from domestic sheep. Grizzly bears and wolves are also present.
Gros Ventre Allotments
- October 2016 30,500 acresDomestic Sheep
The 30,500 acre domestic sheep allotments east of Jackson, Wyoming partially located in the Gros Ventre Wilderness on the Bridger-Teton National Forest have a long history of conflict between wolves, grizzly bears and domestic sheep. The four allotments also are very important habitat for the Jackson Bighorn Sheep herd that have been under high risk of disease transmission from domestic sheep.
Spud Creek Allotment
- August 2016 6,000 acresCattle
The 6,000 acre Spud Creek cattle allotment located south of Challis Idaho on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management Challis Field Office was authorized for permanent retirement under the Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness Bill of August 7, 2015. The Spud Creek allotment has not been grazed by cattle since 1999 has high quality Greater sage-grouse habitat, a perennial stream and winter habitat for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
Limestone, Irving and Middle Creek Allotments
- 8/26/2015 20,641 acresWild Sheep/Wolves
The Limestone-Irving/ Middle Creek allotments domestic sheep voluntary waiver and retirement is located in the Centennial Mountains on the “High Divide” straddling the Montana-Idaho border northwest of Dubois, Idaho. All seven allotments conflict with bighorn sheep and will likely be rated “high” in the Forest Service risk of contact analysis. All allotments also have been delineated as priority sage grouse habitat (except FS Middle Cr.) and one allotment (Limestone-Irving) has experienced chronic conflicts with wolves.
- 6/9/2015 58,610 acresWild Sheep
The Deadman domestic sheep allotment is located north of the Idaho National Laboratory southeast of Arco, Idaho and immediately adjacent to the Howe Peak allotment and had acknowledged potential for conflict between domestic and wild sheep in the southern Lost River Range.
Bridger Wilderness Sheep Allotments
- 4/22/2015 65,000 acresWilderness/Wild Sheep
These domestic sheep allotments were voluntarily waived and retired from grazing to reduce potential contact and disease transmission between wild sheep and domestic sheep in the Bridger Wilderness.
Upper Gros Ventre Allotment
- 1/29/2015 60,835 acresWilderness and Predators
The Upper Gros Ventre Allotment contains approximately 60,835 acres and lies within the Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Elevations across the allotment vary from 7,160 feet at the mouth of Alkali Creek to 11,657 feet atop Black Peak, all in wilderness.
- 7/22/2015 34,312 acresWild Sheep
This domestic sheep allotment in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest posed significant risk to resident bighorn sheep and contains some of the most critical habitat for bighorn sheep in southern Idaho.
Howe Peak and Howe Allotments
- 7/15/2015 35,728 acresWild Sheep
This domestic sheep allotment lies in close proximity to the Lost River Range population management unit for bighorn sheep and has potential risk for contact and disease transmission between domestic sheep and wild bighorn sheep.
Tent Creek and 45 Allotments
- 9/30/2013 120,000 acresWilderness, Sage-grouse and Bighorn Sheep
The 45 and Tent Creek Allotments are located almost entirely within the Owyhee Wilderness area and the Owyhee Wild and Scenic River corridor and include some of the best remaining bighorn sheep and sage-grouse habitat in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon.
"To Protect and Restore Sagebrush Habitat in the American West to Benefit Native Wildlife Through Voluntary Conservation"
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