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Originally Posted: 19 November 2011

Support Grazing Permit Retirement Bill

FROM Buffalo Field Campaign

ACTION

Urge your House Representative to cosponsor H.R. 3432, the Rural Economic Vitalization Act, and please ask your Senators to support a companion bill in the U.S. Senate.

Sign an online petition:
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2426/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8781

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Contact your U.S. Senators
http://www.senate.gov/ 

Contact your U.S. Representative
http://www.house.gov/

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

H.R. 3432, the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (REVA), was introduced by Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA-9th) in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 16, 2011.

This important bill is being hailed by conservationists as it would allow federal grazing permittees to voluntarily relinquish their grazing permits back to the management agency in exchange for third-party compensation. The goal of REVA is to help wildlife and wild lands while also helping family farmers, ranchers, and U.S. taxpayers.

Current antiquated federal law generally prohibits the closing of grazing allotments to benefit fish, wildlife, and watersheds. The Rural Economic Vitalization Act (REVA) would authorize federal agencies to permantly retire grazing permits if requested by ranchers. As BFC policy coordinator Josh Osher states, "Bison are hazed, captured, shot, and slaughtered to protect grazing interests on public land in Yellowstone country, and REVA is the tool we need to finally, permanently address many of these conflicts."


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