Posted: Apr 5, 2013 11:36 AM
Temporary grazing restrictions are being put in place in southwest Montana where conditions range of severely dry to severe drought.
The Bureau of Land Management is asking those with livestock permits to graze no more than 70 percent of their allocated forage on the public lands administered by the Dillon and Butte Field Offices, according to a news release from the BLM. This is being done in an effort to sustain the use of renewable forage and to manage and protect other resources during the drought cycle, the release states.
Beaverhead, Madison, Jefferson, Gallatin, Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, Silver Bow and Park counties are included in the restriction.
The release states that if soil moisture improves substantially during the next couple of months, additional livestock use may be authorized up to the permitted use.