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 grazing fees and private land fees has widened since the inception of federal fees in 1966.
At the time, the base value of $1.23 in the formula was 33.69% of private grazing fees at $3.65 (Center for Biological Diversity). 2002 reports state that private fees in Nevada averaged to $10.50/AUM while the federal fee remained $1.35/AUM (Center for Biological Diversity). The BLM collected $12.1 million in grazing fees in 2014 under a grazing fee of $1.35 (Bureau of Land Management). Because of the continually low grazing fees, the use of the land managed by the BLM has increased as the BLM has changed their permitting process to allow more nontraditional ranchers to receive permits (Hoffman). The strain of a low federal grazing fee has lead environmentalists to call for an increase that allows for sustainable environmental conservation (Center for Biological Diversity).
Costs and Consequences The Real Price of Livestock Grazing on America’s Public Lands by The Center for Biological Diversity
The Changing of the Cattle Guard: BLM’s New Approach to Grazing Qualifications by Hillary M. Hoffmann