Public meetings on grazing issues at Fire Rock Casino
By Glenda Rae Davis
WINDOW ROCK, June 12, 2012
The meetings, starting at 8:30 a.m. each day, are to inform the public and to receive input about the growing feral livestock crisis and deteriorating land conditions.
In a press release, NNDA Manager Leo Watchman said, "We are dealing with continuous drought, feral and domestic livestock overpopulation, depleted forage and limited funds."
At the committee meeting RDC Chairwoman Katherine Benally said, "We have to inform the Navajo citizens about the condition of the land, receive public input and present a plan uniting Navajo resources as a solution."
Today the Bureau of Natural Resources, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Geological Society, Navajo Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Navajo Resources Enforcement, will present reports on the Navajo Nation.
July 13 is intended for feedback from the general public and a presentation from the Navajo Nation Water Resources Department.
On July 14, NNDA and its partners will present their solutions and alternatives to the grazing issues facing the Navajo Nation.
Land inventory and utilization studies compiled by the BIA will be available to the public, including conservation projects in progress. All grazing permit holders are heavily encouraged to attend the event.
Watchman said, "The Navajo Grazing Act will be presented as part of the solution."
The press release indicates, "the BIA is focused on educating the Navajo public on supporting the process and needs the grazing permit holders to make a change."
The NNDA also extends invitations to District Grazing Committee members, Navajo Farm Board, Eastern Navajo Land Board and the general public.
For additional information, contact NNDA at 928-871-6605.