Grazing stream

A tributary stream flowing through a forest meadow where livestock grazed intensely.

A five-year effort by environmentalists to sue the Stanislaus National Forest, its grazing permittees association, a group of ranchers, the California Farm Bureau, and the state Cattlemen’s Association over three livestock grazing allotments on federal land hit a roadblock last week.

The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in favor of the forest and grazing backers in a 29-page opinion filed April 8. The ruling is a setback for the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center in Twain Harte and Sierra Forest Legacy in El Dorado County, which began their efforts to sue back in March 2017.