Forest Service Proposes Expanding Sheep Grazing

Kemmerer, WY – U.S. Forest Service administrators are proposing continued sheep grazing in two large grazing areas in southwest Wyoming.

Kemmerer District Ranger Tracy Hollingshead is considering authorizing continued permitted livestock grazing on the 35,000-acre Smiths Fork grazing area and the 7,100-acre Lower Salt Creek area.

All of the allotments are located on the southwestern end of the Salt Range in an area about 18 miles south of Afton and 25 miles north of Cokeville.

Officials said there are currently 2,405 permitted animal unit months on the allotments, which are mostly used for sheep.

The district is accepting public comments on the proposal through May 29.