U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Casper Field Office|
Managing Drought on the Rangelands
Wyoming has and will experience periods of extended and significant droughts thereby limiting available forage and stock water. To protect the long-term health of rangeland vegetation, watershed stability, site productivity, and wildlife habitat the Casper Field Office has developed a process to resolve temporary grazing management issues and prevent undue degradation to the public lands as a result of drought. The percentage of federal range and riparian areas within a pasture or allotment located on public lands will be factored into management decisions.
The following criteria will be used to determine when management actions may be needed to protect these resources.
Forage Use on Upland Areas
Diet Shift to Shrubs
If a possible problem area is identified, a rangeland management specialist will determine if drought-related actions are needed. A team consisting of a soil scientist, hydrologist, wildlife biologist, engineering technician, the affected grazing lessee(s), a state representative, and any known interested publics will be formed. This team will inspect the site and collect data or other information and determine if one or more of the criteria apply.
If a determination cannot be made by the team, the facts to initiate an action will be presented to the field office manager for a final decision. If one or more of the criteria apply and a remedy is required, the team will identify actions to mitigate the problem(s) and arrive at a solution.