Status of Piceance Allotments?

Table 3-14 in an EA from 2011, incorporated by reference into the new EA for resource enforcement actions in the Piceance-East Douglas HMA, shows the four allotments that overlap the HMA.  The reference appears in Section 1.1.1 of the new EA.

The amount by which the allotments extend into the HMA is not known.

The Allotment Master report puts all four in the Improve category.

Livestock receive 6,935 AUMs per year on 166,888 acres, according to data from Tables 3-14 and 3-15 in the old EA, and wild horses receive 235 × 12 = 2,820 AUMs per year on 190,130 acres according to data in Section 1.1 of the new EA.

That’s 41.6 AUMs per year per thousand acres for livestock, compared to 14.8 AUMs per year per thousand acres for horses, reinforcing an observation made earlier that forage production tends to increase when land is designated for livestock.

In this case, by a factor of almost three.

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