U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
|Release Date: 03/03/11|
|News Release No. CC-11-30|
Sheep Are Back to Work on Fort Ord Public Lands
BLM Encourages Visitors to Leash their Pets in Grasslands
More than 600 ewes and their lambs are back at work on the Bureau of Land Management’s Fort Ord Public Lands in Monterey County.
The grazing program is part of a cooperative strategy to improve rangeland conditions in this ecologically unique area.
“The sheep grazing program at Fort Ord has a proven track record of reducing wildfire hazards and stimulating native plant regeneration. The sheep have also been effective in controlling invasive thistle populations,” said Eric Morgan, BLM’s Fort Ord manager. The sheep will remain on the Fort Ord grasslands for the next four months.
With the return of the sheep herds, the BLM reminds visitors to the area to be careful around the sheep.
“Over the last two years, visitors have been very careful around the herds and there were no dog attacks on sheep like years past,” explained Morgan.
During the next four months, the BLM strongly encourages visitors to continue leashing their pets when near the sheep herds. Visitors are also encouraged to avoid riding bicycles at high rates of speed on roads and trails when sheep are present.
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|Last updated: 03-03-2011|
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