Ranching on public lands directly displaces native wildlife while inflicting long-term damage to wildlife habitat, consequently being responsible for 22% of federally-listed (or proposed) threatened or endangered wildlife species.
Livestock grazing also contributes to the frequency and severity of fires in western forests and grasslands, costing the Forest Service more than $800 million annually for fuel reduction and other fire suppression-related programs.
In Fiscal Year 2014, the Bureau of Land Management’s “Rangeland Management” and the Forest Service’s “Range Grazing Management” spent $134.4 million on grazing management. In that same fiscal year, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service report collecting only $17.2 million in grazing fees, resulting in a net loss to taxpayers of $117.2 million.
The Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3410) would begin to alleviate these problems by providing ranching permit holders the option to relinquish their grazing permits in exchange for market-based compensation paid by private parties. The managing federal agency would then be directed to retire the associated grazing allotment from further grazing activity. Permit retirement would be capped at 100 permits per year.
Urge your representative in the House to co-sponsor the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3410)—legislation that would begin to restore the environmental health of our public lands currently used as cattle pasture, while also reducing the subsidies that taxpayers currently provide to public lands ranchers.
Urge your Senators to express support for REVA and to consider introducing a companion bill in the Senate.
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