Range allotments in Clifton and Glenwood Ranger Districts

The object comment period on ranching range allotments in the Clifton and Glenwood Ranger Districts is now open.

CLIFTON — The objection period on the USDA Forest Service Stateline Range Allotments is open this week.

The project covers the reauthorization of livestock grazing on allotments across the Arizona and New Mexico border, specifically between the Clifton and Glenwood ranger districts.

“The selected alternative addresses 14 allotments and will close the portion of the Pleasant Valley allotment not divided between the Blackjack and Hickey allotments,” The USDA wrote in its release.

“It will also authorize grazing on the remaining 13 allotments: Apache-Sitgreaves NFs: Alma Mesa, Blackjack, Copperas, Hickey, Keller Canyon and Lop Ear. Gila NF: Alma, Citizen, Dry Creek, Holt Gulch, Pleasanton, Potholes and Sacaton.”

The department stated that objections will only be accepted in the comment period from parties who had previously submitted written comments during the scoping portion and other periods of public comment.

The objection period will be open starting from the publication date in the Copper Era and the Silver City Daily Press of the notice for 45 days. Those objections must also be based on previously submitted comments unless “. . . based on new information arising after the designated comment opportunities,” the release read.

The districts prepared an environmental assessment, draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact. That data can be reviewed online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=22466.

Objections can be submitted electronically at objections-southwestern-gila@fs.fed.us or issued orally in person at the Clifton Ranger District to District Ranger Ed Halloway.

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