RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has agreed to let ranchers continue grazing cattle on more than 300 square miles of northern Nevada rangeland as long as lingering drought conditions don't worsen.
But some ranchers say they don't believe the temporary agreement is practical over the long term. They're taking their concerns to Gov. Brian Sandoval in petitions being delivered in a Pony Express-style procession scheduled to arrive Friday in Carson City.
BLM officials backed off earlier threats to force livestock off the Argenta allotment in Humboldt and Lander counties. Under a temporary agreement, grazing will continue but with the caveat the livestock must be removed within a week after range conditions deteriorate to the point they trigger a mandatory drought response.
Battle Mountain rancher Pete Tomera says they agreed to the deal only because they'd otherwise have to sell hundreds of cattle.
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