NRCS, BLM Meet to Assess
Karin Sonnen, Range Management Specialist
one week in the summer each year, reindeer range specialists from the NRCS and
the BLM get together and work cooperatively on assessing the condition of the
lichen range on the Seward Peninsula. This cooperative effort has gone on for
decades and allows the specialists from the different agencies to compare notes
and ensure continuity in the assessment of lichen and reindeer utilization.
Critical winter range in two or three grazing allotments is focused upon each
year, with the data and results presented in a report and presentation given to
the Kawerak Reindeer Herderís Association at their annual meeting held each
March in Nome. This work not only fills a requirement for the BLM to monitor
the lands they manage, but also gives the reindeer herders important information
on areas of their range which are ready to be grazed and areas that need a rest
from grazing pressure.
Photo: NRCS Range Specialist Karin Sonnen and
BLM Range Specialist Randy Meyers discuss range condition at the base of
Rocky Point on the Seward Peninsula this July. Photo by Karin Sonnen.
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