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S. Martinez Livestock can continue grazing in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest while the U.S. Forest Service conducts an environmental review, a court found. Pictured here, sheep graze in Horseshoe Basin in Washington’s Pasayten Wilderness.

 

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeking to stop sheep grazing in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington while the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) conducts an environmental review.

WildEarth Guardians and Western Watersheds Project challenged the grazing, stating there is a high risk of disease transmission between domestic sheep and bighorn sheep herds. They contend that allowing S. Martinez Livestock to continue grazing violates the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) guidelines to protect bighorn sheep. The groups also assert USFS’ failure to supplement its environmental analyses for the allotment management plans for domestic sheep grazing violates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

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