Forest Service releases plan for Colville National Forest

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Northeast Washington cattlemen likely will object to a plan released Sept. 7 that will guide the management of the 1.1 million-acre Colville National Forest, an industry leader said.

Ranchers who graze cattle in the forest shouldn’t see much change from a plan that’s been in place since 1988, according to the Forest Service. Cattlemen, however, are concerned about new guidelines for maintaining the height of grass and a recommendation to designate more acres as wilderness.

“There will be fewer cattle grazing in the forest if it’s implemented as written,” Cattle Producers of Washington President Scott Nielsen said. “It will be because the rancher won’t be able to stay within the standards and guidelines.”

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