Essay about Public Grazing Lands

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The grazing of public lands has become a very controversial issue over the last couple of decades. This is due to the fact that there are some people who believe that grazing the land is beneficial to the wildlife and the different plant species there. Then there are other people who have the belief that the grazing of livestock on public lands is detrimental to wildlife and plant health. Therefore, they believe that it is actually doing more harm than good. What are Public Grazing Lands? Public lands are properties that are not owned by private land owners, but instead are owned by the federal government. Ranchers are given permits or leases to graze their livestock on these government owned lands. The government agency that has been…show more content…
This act was modified and extended in 1986 by an executive presidential order. The modification put a price ceiling on the grazing fee so that it could not fall below $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM). Taylor Grazing Act The Taylor Grazing Act as passed in 1934 (Stimpert). According to Marc Stimpert in, “Counterpoint: opportunities lost and opportunities gained: separating truth from myth in the western ranching debate”, after the passage of the Taylor Grazing Act the Congress started to use the Forest Service’s system of allocating grazing lands. There were three purposes for passing the act 1) to regulate occupancy of remaining public lands; 2) protect rangelands from harm; and 3) to stabilize the livestock industry (Stimpert). The passage of the act gave power to the Secretary of Interior to create “grazing districts” on public lands (Stimpert). The Taylor Grazing Act also has the BLM regulate the occupancy and use of a grazing district. According to Stimpert, the act balance the need to protect ranchers with the need to protect rangelands. BLM and Management Aspects The BLM manages about 245 million acres of public land and of those lands they manage 157 million grazing livestock. The BLM website states that the terms and conditions for grazing livestock on BLM-managed lands are set forth in
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