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Agriculture and Ranching

Although most land along the Salmon River is not suitable for agriculture, some gardens and orchards were planted along the river by early pioneers and can still be seen today.  As well, the Chinese miners were quite prolific gardeners and maintained garden plots at their various mine sites.  While it is quite apparent at first glance why it would be difficult to plant crops in the various canyons, the valuable forage that exists in those canyons can be just as easily spotted. 

Much of the land along the Salmon River is quite suitable to grazing.  Settlers brought the first cattle to the region in the early 1860s.  They grazed their stock heavily until the 1940s when they were finally placed under restriction.  The scars from the overgrazing of those early years can still be seen today.  Management of the Lower Salmon River allows permitted grazing today, primarily from November through May, and ranching continues to be an important part of the regional economy.


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