Lake County Ranchers Want A DO-Over With BLM. Part Two
REIBER: Public lands ranchers are often concerned about wilderness designations because wilderness designations can make it harder to manage cattle on the public lands. And in Lake County, Oregon ranchers have been banding together to oppose a recent inventory of quote, unquote "land with Wilderness Characteristics". In order to oppose this inventory which includes over 70 percent of the planning area as having candidate Wilderness Characteristics permittees are joining with local government agencies like the county and the Soil and Water Conservation District also industry groups like the Public Lands Council to try and get the BLM to do a do-over of this inventory in order to ensure that it is accurate. More generally the permittees are hoping that they can create an effort to ensure that in future and across the West, lands with Wilderness Characteristics inventories are accurate and fair.