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BLM Rigs Science to Ignore Grazing Impacts November 30, 2011 Idaho

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BLM Rigs Science to Ignore Grazing Impacts November 30, 2011 Idaho, The WildlifeNews.com

... the press release from PEER [excerpt]; The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is carrying out an ambitious plan to map ecological trends throughout the Western U.S. but has directed scientists to exclude livestock grazing as a possible factor in changing landscapes, according to a scientific integrity complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)... BLM initially deferred a decision but ultimately opted to ... Remove livestock grazing from all Ecoregional assessments, citing insufficient data. As a result, the assessments do not consider massive grazing impacts even though trivial disturbance factors such as rock hounding are included; and Limit consideration of grazing-related information only when combined in an undifferentiated lump with other native and introduced ungulates (such as deer, elk, wild horses and feral donkeys).


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