Federal lands grazing
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.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.1792 - State Grazing Management Authority Act

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