54 Million Acres of Federal Land Managed by the Bureau of Land Management Are Not Meeting Their Own Land-health Standards
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FROM Kylie Mohr, TheCounter.org
March 2022

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) analysis finds that livestock grazing is the primary culprit behind land degradation.... The BLM leases more than half of its acreage to ranchers as grazing allotments for cattle, sheep and other livestock.

[This story was originally published at High Country News (hcn.org) on March 14, 2022.]

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PEERís analysis finds that livestock grazing is the primary culprit behind land degradation. The BLM leases more than half of its acreage to ranchers as grazing allotments for cattle, sheep and other livestock. Although everything from drought and wildfire to off-road vehicles can impact rangeland health, livestock grazing is a significant cause of the failing land-health standards of 72% of the public land. Thatís about 40 million acres.

This finding is consistent throughout the West, sometimes at a large scale: A massive, over 950,000-acre allotment in the Rock Springs area of Wyoming is just one of the areas that identifies livestock grazing as a significant cause for declining land health. Other stressors such as invasive species, wild horses and extreme stream degradation account for the poor health of an additional 15 million acres.

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