re: Lemhi Salmon Recovery: Private Landowners take the LeadBy: Nikos Monoyios on: 12/15/2014
In Lemhi County which is the size of Connecticut with a population of only 8,000 people the government owns 93 of the land. Cattle Ranching and Recreation are the only private industries that survive. Average temperature is 43F and average precipitation is only 12 inches so without irrigation the cattle industry would not survive. Ranchers sustain the local economy and have a vested interest in conservation to protect their livelihoods.