In Defense of the Ranchers

Ranchers across the country enjoy what is deemed a permit value (Tassell et al.).  The permit value is the advantage of using undervalued public lands for grazing.  The premise behind this value lies in the aggregate value of land managed by the BLM.  Averaged…

Raising Grazing Fees

Grazing fees collected in 2014 covered only 15% of the BLM’s costs to maintain national grazing lands (Libresco).  In 2013, the applied minimum fee of $1.35/AUM covered only 6.72% of the averaged private rate of $20.10/AUM (Center for Biological Diversity).  The gap between federal…

Economic Overview

Ranching has been a staple in western life dating back to the days of pioneer settlement and even before.  That is convenient considering that around 45 million of Nevada’s roughly 71 million acres are public rangelands (Bureau of Land Management).  The Taylor Grazing Act…

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