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At trial, the jury saw all of the following photos, as well as many more. On the left, are photos taken by the Center, all of which were included in the two Appendixes to the News Advisory. To the right of each photo, are several photos presented to the jury that accurately represent the condition of the Montana Allotment and the areas surrounding each of the Center’s photos. Click on the photos for a side-by-side comparison.

CBD/News Advisory Photos
Photos presented by Chilton to the Jury
Photo 1 allegedly shows the devastation sustained at the Scribner Gulch area of Warsaw pasture. Compare the area in the Center's photo with photos presented to the jury.
CBD CBD/News Advisory Photos
Photos presented by Chilton to the Jury
Photo 3 from the Appendix shows an area with no grass. The inference is that the photo represents damage from cattle grazing. As these pictures show, the area illustrated in Photo 3 is a popular area for deer hunters and campers.
CBD/News Advisory Photos
Photos presented by Chilton to the Jury
Photo 4 to the Appendix states that it is representative of a “key area” and is “not representative of forage use, as they are placed where cattle seldom go.” This is the actual key site, taken just a few hundred yards from the CDB's photo, and taken within 8 days of their picture.
CBD/News Advisory Photos
Photos presented by Chilton to the Jury
Photo 8 of the Appendix shows an area in Warsaw Pasture, which according to the Center, has been grazed “with 396 head since July”. These photos show the actual surrounding area.
CBD/News Advisory Photos
Photos presented by Chilton to the Jury
Photo 12 purportedly shows a stream bank "completely trampled". A panoramic view of the area demonstrates that in reality, this is a dry lake bed.
CBD/News Advisory Photos
Photos presented by Chilton to the Jury
Photo 13 purports to show "Scribner Gulch, trampled to mud." In reality, Scribner Gulch is a natural ephemeral wash - i.e., it dries up in the spring and summer, and the immediate area is thriving.
CBD/News Advisory Photos
Photos presented by Chilton to the Jury
Photo 18 from the Appendix contains the following caption: "California Gulch, completely denuded of forage and severely compacted." At trial, the jury saw photographic evidence showing that two weeks before the Center's photo was taken, the area (known as Marijuana Flat), was the scene of a May Day celebration. According to one witness, there were as many as 500 or more celebrants camping on the site for several days. Further, this event has been occurring on an annual basis for more than 20 years. Among the celebrants who camped on the site for several days, was an employee of the Center (and a defendant in the lawsuit) who took many of the photos, including photo 18, which were contained in the Appendixes. Furthermore, this area is not located on the Montana Allotment.
CBD/News Advisory Photos
Photos presented by Chilton to the Jury
Photo 20 allegedly shows "100% utilization, extreme compaction and no regrowth of forage". The Center's photo of Ruby Pasture was taken during a severe drought year. The accompanying photos show the area after the summer rains.
CBD/News Advisory Photos
Photos presented by Chilton to the Jury
The caption accompanying Photo 21 of the Appendix states: "Upland sites are denuded. Rocks, soil compaction and bare dirt prevail. Cattle are eating and trampling young trees.". What the Center failed to disclose is that the area in the photos represents a former mining site, rather than damage from cattle grazing. Again, a panoramic view of the surrounding area shows the actual condition of Ruby Pasture.


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