Aldos Silver City • Entered by Marcia Stout on March 14, 2021

Grazing Monitoring

December 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 5
Post Admin hours
Activity Hours 11.5
Participants 4
Total Hours 51

Key Issue: Livestock Grazing Management
Activity Type: Stewardship (monitoring, sampling, planting, etc.)
Key Partners: Gila National Forest
Landscape/area: Gila National Forest (2658321 acres)

Measurable Outcomes

Outcome 1: Trail/land monitored (2 surveys)

Short Description of Activity

Grazing committee members monitored two segments of the San Francisco River between Alma and Glenwood: the first was 3.5 miles one way from the Alma Bridge to to Harve Gulch on December 1, and the second was from Harve Gulch about 2.5 miles south on December 15. These are areas under litigation, which the Forest Service has prioritized for monitoring. Cattle sign was abundant but not recent, probably because there is no water in this part of the river at this time. We did see two untethered horses which are being reported to the Forest Service.

Reflection/Evaluation

Although there were no recent cattle or cattle sign in the area, the monitoring showing that is important. If we were having a wetter winter, there might well be cattle in the area.

Photos/Uploads

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Photo Captions

1 – Hiking while monitoring a currently dry section of the San Francisco River (Dec. 2020)
2 – Monitoring along a currently dry section of the San Francisco River (Harve Gulch and downstream), observing horses (Dec. 2020)

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