Malheur National Wildlife Refuge develops planning alternatives

In eastern Oregon, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge tested a set of preliminary draft alternatives in several stakeholder meetings in October.  The two action alternatives are likely to differ primarily in their emphasis on restoration of a more natural river through the Blitzen Valley;  consensus among the stakeholders has been that control of the carp that have decimated Malheur Lake and other refuge wetlands is priority number one, and the major question is how much else the refuge should try to take on with its limited resources.  In the Blitzen Valley, conservation interests have signaled their willingness to consider use of a targeted grazing program to meet specific ecological objectives in conjunction with a rigorous monitoring and evaluation program.

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