John, I had a question about the following section of the letter: "wetland restoration (can changes in livestock distribution raise groundwater levels and reduce channel downcutting)" I'm wondering if this is potentially outside the scope of the project. If this is referring to livestock grazing that is being used as a treatment method then it make sense, but if its referring to general permitted livestock grazing, I believe it is outside the scope of the project. Changes in permitted livestock grazing, management and distribution would most likely require additional range improvements and additional NEPA outside of the CFLRP. If this is meant to study livestock grazing that will be used as a restoration tool and that is part of the CFLR project, let me know and we can assist with language and monitoring. Thank you, Austin Terrell
Art Beal responded to an email today with this comment: _I support your revised CFLR letter and comment._
Morris Huffman responded to an email today with this comment: >I am in agreement with the application writeup other than it needs to be given to a writer/editor to get the information into the required page constraints and get the points in this document expressed. The letter of support is fine.
Austin, good question. My language was unclear. I was thinking of a component of the High Valley Integrated Restoration Project that the Boise Forest Coalition worked on. As I understand it the fence is a spot fix around a beaver dam complex to help improve watershed condition indicators and not part of a grazing decision. https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45790 To your point, I changed, "can changes in livestock distribution raise groundwater levels and reduce channel downcutting” to "can strategic riparian protections raise groundwater levels and reduce channel downcutting.” Let me know if that is clearer. Removal of encroaching conifers and installation of beaver dam analogs are also activities that could benefit both resources and livestock operations.
Thank you for the clarification, John. That looks great to me!