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Forest Service officials seek bids on range allotment

Russellville, ARK – Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are seeking bids on a range allotment located on the Boston Mountain Ranger District’s Wedington Management Unit west of Fayetteville, Ark.

The 186-acre Tower Road #12 Range Allotment is comprised of open grasslands containing a mix of warm and cool season grasses. The unit has six ponds and approximately four miles of newly constructed barbed wire perimeter fencing, with no cross fences.  The unit will be open for the grazing of up to 50 head of cattle from April 1 through Oct. 31. The number of cattle and length of grazing may vary due to environmental conditions and forage health. The successful bidder will hold the Forest Service Term Grazing Permit, which is valid for 10 years.

An onsite field visit is scheduled for March 13 to prospective bidders. Bidders are encouraged to either attend the field visit or visit the site on their own.

“This allotment will benefit from having a permitee’s livestock graze on it to help maintain the open condition benefiting both native plants and wildlife,” said Matthew Lark, Boston Mountain District’s wildlife biologist.

The bid prospectus with additional information can be obtained by contacting Dustin Appleton or Matt Lark at the Boston Mountain Ranger District at 479-667-2191, by emailing mrlark@fs.fed.us, or on the web at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/RangeAllotment.


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