Hello! This is Eldon A. Neves, president and representative of the Lake Shore Cattlemen’s Association.
Our association represents six separate cattle grazing leases on the Manti Lasal Uintah National Forest with seventeen individual ranchers and families. Together we maintain a Forest lease for a total of 468 pair or 936 individual cattle in Lake Fork, Dairy Fork, Mill Fork, and in Blind Canyon. These are in the mountains surrounding Spanish Fork.
This summer the Coal Hollow fire and the later Pole Creek fire in South Utah Valley completely destroyed our Forest range and cool tree covered mountains. As a result of these fires our total losses from animal deaths, from our labor and vehicle expenses, increased feed expenditures, from infrastructure costs, and current and future loss of grazing are estimated to be $ 373,300.00.
It is our hope that together with sympathetic friends we can raise $186,650.00 for the recovery of our burned and devastated Forest. We intend to use any monies that you contribute to help with the reconstruction of the trails, fences, and corrals, reconstruction and discovery of water sources, to help reseed forest meadows and trees, and other related expenses.
The two wildfires this summer have been extremely difficult for wildlife. Deer, elk, mountain lion, black bear, coyotes, and even the smaller forest creatures such as our squirrels and chipmunks and a vast variety of birds are all helped in their daily efforts to find food and water by our rancher maintained water troughs and forest. We need to get these resources back up and functioning again as soon as possible.
We Are Good Stewards of Our Public Lands
We make every effort to keep our cattle from riparian areas by our water troughs and tanks and fenced springs and water sources. Our cattle help keep the grass and forbs healthy by judicious use during the correct season of the year. Under normal circumstances regular grazing helps discourage wild fires similar to those that so completely consumed us this summer.
Lost and Dead Cattle
As a result of the recent Coal Hollow and the Pole Creek fires we have discovered 62 individual burned and dead cattle. We have another 85 cattle presently unaccounted for, either wandering and lost or also dead with their decomposing bodies not yet discovered. We hope that some of the lost cattle might be found still alive.
Below is link to a feature with Fox News after the Pole Creek and Coal Hollow fires were not as active and we were able to remove live cows and calves. We were then and are now searching for our dead and live cattle.
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