Aldos Silver City • Entered by Marcia Stout on August 12, 2021

Riparian – Grazing Monitoring

July 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 13
Post Admin hours 1
Activity Hours 9
Participants 4
Total Hours 50

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 (1 surveys)
Outcome 2: Hiked (5.5 miles)

Short Description of Activity

We went out on one riparian monitoring field trip in July, and spent quite a bit of time planning where we may monitor in the future. On July 22, our group monitored a stretch of the San Francisco River bordered by three ranches, north of Reserve NM also near Cienaga Creek. The total area walked was 5.5 miles. Although we saw evidence that one or two cows had trespassed just before our visit to this litigated stretch of river, it appeared that the cattle had been rounded up. We saw no open gates or downed fences. A report about this was sent to the USFS. One of our members met for several hours with one Forest Service employee, and spoke on the phone with another, to determine where our monitoring is most needed. These discussions, and a meeting of our team, resulted in the July 22 trip, as well as one in early August.


We continue to try to monitor those river segments that key FS personnel deem most at risk for cattle trespass, and as well as segments which are not being surveyed by paid interns.


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1. Grazing monitoring along San Francisco River July 2021, near Cienaga Creek.
2. Grazing monitoring along San Francisco River July 2021, near Cienaga Creek.

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