Aldos Silver City • Entered by Marcia Stout on February 16, 2021
January 12, 2021 – January 17, 2021
Participants and Hours
|Pre Planning hours||3|
|Post Admin hours||14|
Key Issue: Livestock Grazing Management
Activity Type: Stewardship (monitoring, sampling, planting, etc.)
Key Partners: Gila National Forest
Landscape/area: Gila National Forest (2658321 acres)
Short Description of Activity
Grazing committee members monitored a two-mile segment of the Gila Bird Area, where we had seen and reported an open fence and cattle in the fall. Our initial January trip ( on 1/12) revealed only dung but no animals, with the same gate open. A trip made by one member 5 days later revealed not only the open gate but a large bull and three other cows. Pictures of these were added to the report to the Forest Service.
Two members, on two separate days, walked the section of the San Francisco River that we had monitored in early December. No cattle or horses were observed, but Broads saw fresh horse sign on both days, January 2 and January 14.
On January 4, a Broad monitored the section of Harve Gulch south that had been monitored in mid-December, as pictures were needed for the report to the Forest Service. The horses were again observed and reported.
Pre-planning hours included coordinating with the Forest Service about planned trips, and training from the Forest Service on the Avenza maps program. Post-planning included sending photos and other data to the Broad coordinating the reports to the Forest Service, and her work on those reports.
All of January’s activities were follow-ups in areas where we had reported issues. The reports have not yet gone through the formal Forest Service process, although we have informally reported our concerns. We will need to continue to follow up to see if the cattle and horses in these areas are removed.
Grazing monitoring Jan. 2021, Gila Birding Area: Entering info into the monitoring program