Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Exclude sheep from Galena trails area


    Mountain bikers and hikers interested in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area’s proposed Galena Trails expansion should consider emailing SNRA Area Ranger Joby Timm to support ending domestic sheep trailing and grazing in the Galena Trails project area as part of the Galena Trails Project.
    The SNRA Galena Trails Project would increase the mileage of mountain bike trails in the Galena Lodge area by either 30 or 50 miles of new trails depending on which alternative is chosen. Many of these trails would be in the Owl Creek sheep-grazing allotment or along and across the sheep trail from the Sawtooth Valley to Ketchum.
    If domestic sheep continue to be present on or near these trails during the summer and fall biking and hiking season, many more hikers and bikers will encounter the dangerous large, white guard dogs and be subjected to the risk of Q Fever, a potentially fatal disease that can be contracted by inhaling trail dust that contains domestic sheep waste. The email address is:    HYPERLINK "mailto:jtimm@fs.fed.us" jtimm@fs.fed.us. Be sure to ask for a response.
Jon Marvel
Hailey




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