The Debate Of Public Livestock Grazing

1844 Words Mar 16th, 2016 8 Pages
Western United States was unsettled by Americans in early the years. After the Civil War, known as the era of homesteading, was designed by the government to promote the settlement of the western states. Because there was a lack of understanding of the arid ecosystems and the increase of westward settlement, western public rangelands were overgrazed. This in turn caused unintended damage to soil, plants, streams, and springs. In 1934 the Taylor Grazing Act was passed by Congress to create grazing districts that were portioned and regulated. In the 1960s and the 1970s public appreciation for public lands increased. This advertently caused the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to modify land grazing permits so that endangered species, sensitive plants, and cultural or historical objects can be preserved. (A Brief History of Public Lands Grazing, Bureau of Land Management)
Still today the debate of public livestock grazing continues. There is much tension between farmers, wildlife and environmental activists, the government, and the Bureau of Land Management. Farmers say public livestock grazing production is economically beneficial. Wildlife and environmental activist argue that this grazing harms the wildlife and their ecosystems. The government sees other ways to use the land that would increase economic benefits. BLM is trying their best to make sure everyone is happy. I should be allowed to research the controversy that surrounds livestock grazing on public lands because:…
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