Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

September 4, 2012

Grazing Limits Nearly Reached on Black Hills National Forest

As ranchers search for feed during the drought, herds have grazed Black Hills National Forest Service lands to nearly the maximum allowed early in the season.


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Black Hills Pioneer

Herds have grazed Black Hills National Forest land nearly to the federal limits. (Black Hills Pioneer photo)

Black Hills National Forest management rules allow for livestock grazing to 50 percent of available grass in open areas and 35 percent in riparian zones, the Black Hills Pioneer reports.

Ranchers who rely on the Forest Service lands to feed their cattle are worried about what they will do when their herds are kept off those lands in the near future. Private grazing can cost $20 per acre for a a cow-calf pair compared to $1.35 on Forest Service lands.

Read more about the BHNF Mystic Range grazing project at the BHNF website.


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