Livestock grazing remains a polarizing topic in Congress

Raul Labrador, Idaho’s Republican congressman, seems to think that the only “public” that matters when it comes to “public land” are livestock ranchers. A top issue here (it’s been one for many decades) is the fact that livestock growers permitted to run their sheep and cattle on federal public land do so at rock-bottom prices. That means they pay only a small percentage in royalties they would pay to graze their grass-eaters on private range land. And the grazing of livestock on federal public lands managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management usually results in the decimation of fish and wildlife habitat. You can read the Idaho Statesman’s article about the congressman’s legislation right here. Livestock grazing is also a prime avenue for teh introduction of invasive plant species. Not the least of which is cheatgrass.

 

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