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Judge Lifts Grazing Ban Near Jarbidge

The Times News is reporting today that a judge has overturned a ban on grazing permits in the Jarbidge Resource area.  Judge Lynn Winmill ruled last week that permit holders could continue to graze in the 17 allotments where grazing had been suspended by a ruling from Winmill in March.  Immediately after his March decision permit holders filed for a motion to lift that decision arguing that  they and the BLM help protect both the land and sage grouse habitat. A decline in the grouse population, they argued, comes from wildfires, not livestock grazing. The most damage came from the 2007 Murphy Complex Fire, which burned 650,000 acres. In his decision Winmill wrote that “The experts on both sides agree that the (grouse) decline is due largely to the destruction of habitat by wildfire,”

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