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Forest Service to evaluate domestic sheep allotments in High Uinta Mountains

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VERNAL — The Ashley and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache national forests have published a notice of intent to complete an environmental impact statement evaluating domestic sheep grazing on 10 domestic sheep allotments encompassing about 160,000 acres.

This analysis will evaluate the effects of domestic sheep grazing on soil and water, fish and wildlife, recreation, and wilderness and the social/economics of affected communities and will also determine whether or not to permit domestic sheep grazing on the 10 allotments.

The proposed action would continue to authorize sheep grazing on these allotments.

The project area is located in Duchesne and Summit counties in Utah on the Evanston-Mountain View and Duchesne-Roosevelt ranger districts.

The comment period opened on Feb. 23 and will run for 60 days.

Send comments to David Whittekiend, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Supervisor at 857 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095.

Comments may also be submitted to comments-intermtn-ashley@fs.fed.us, or comments-intermtn-uwc@fs.fed.us. (in the subject line, include "Comments on the High Uintas Wilderness Domestic Sheep Grazing Project").

For more information on the project www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44503.