Ninemile District to Graze Stock on CCC Pasture

Release Date: Nov 29, 2017  

Missoula, Montana – The Ninemile Ranger District has closed the Stony Creek Cutoff Road (FS Road 5490) so that the district can use the adjacent Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) pasture to graze stock this winter. Using the CCC pasture allows rotation and recovery for other pastures as well as the opportunity to utilize the current forage available in the CCC pasture.


The Stony Creek Road bisects the pasture and the closure will allow animals to graze without vehicle traffic or conflicts. The adjacent Butler Loop Road will be used as a detour and signs will be placed to direct traffic. The detour will not affect access to any private or FS lands.


This road closure will be rescinded once snowfall accumulates and the pasture can no longer be effectively grazed. The Ninemile district feeds and cares for over 200 head of Forest Service mules and horses through the regional Winter Boarding Program each year. The animals come from across the Northern Region, which includes Montana, parts of Idaho and the Dakota Prairie Grassland. After spending the winter on the district the horses and mules will return to their Forest Service home districts across the Northern Region where they spend an active summer supporting trails, Wilderness, range and law enforcement work.


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