The Forrest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administer our public lands grazing program. This program allows 3% of our nation’s cattle, horses, goats and sheep to graze on public lands including our national parks. This arrangement mostly benefits large commercial ranching operations, or about 2% of all our ranchers. Fees collected from these ranchers do not cover the cost of administering the grazing program. Not counting the damage done to ecosystems, the annual cost to taxpayers of this program is estimated to be at least $100 million. Expired grazing permits are usually renewed automatically without financial or environmental review. Grazing opponents cite substantial environmental damage caused by grazing and claim that low fees encourage misuse. BLM officials recently announced that federal grazing fees will stay at the minimum allowable level for an eighth consecutive year.
S.258 & H.R.657 – Grazing Improvement Act
I support doubling from 10 to 20 years the period of a term for grazing permits and leases for domestic livestock grazing on public lands or lands within national forests in 16 contiguous western states, and wish to pass S.258 & H.R.657
I support establishing a voluntary grazing permit and lease buyout program for commercial livestock operators, and wish to identify a legislator who will reintroduce H.R.3324 – Voluntary Grazing Permit Buyout Act (108th Congress 2003-2004)
I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill phasing out existing grazing agreements and prohibiting new agreements that allow livestock to graze on public lands