Grazing Reform

Cows in damaged Little Lost River Valley allotment, Idaho

On more than 250 million acres of public lands in the American West, grazing by domestic livestock constitutes by far the most widespread human-caused impact on fundamental range conditions, including habitat quality, riparian functioning, and endangered species. More extensive than the impacts of logging and mining combined, commercial livestock grazing exacts an enormous toll on native ecosystems and wildlife throughout the American West. It is a contributing factor to the endangerment of 22 percent of all federally listed threatened and endangered species, and a major contributor to non-point source water pollution and desertification.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the nation’s largest public lands-managing agency and administrator of grazing permits, is required to monitor the ecological impacts of grazing on its lands. BLM conducts evaluations of whether its grazing allotments meet “Land Health Standards” (LHS), but until now the results of these evaluations have been largely inaccessible to those outside the agency and their results have escaped independent review.

Our interactive map is based on these data from 2012, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. PEER worked with a former BLM contractor to analyze what these records reveal about the condition of our public lands and BLM’s discharge of its duties to safeguard them.

BLM Rangeland Health Standards Evaluation Data

BLM Rangeland Map 2012

Our interactive BLM Rangeland Health Standards Evaluation Data (2012) on MangoMaps is based on data from 2012, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. PEER worked with a former BLM contractor to analyze what these records reveal about the condition of our public lands and BLM’s discharge of its duties to safeguard them.

GRAZING REFORM NEWS FROM PEER

Interior Wild Horse Focus Ignores Cattle Impacts  

BLM’s Scientific “Cow Blindness” Impedes Sage Grouse Recovery

Nevada Has a Very Bad Grazing Problem

Worst in West: Two-Thirds of Assessed BLM Allotments Badly Overgrazed

Letter to Secretary Deb Haaland – 07-21-2021 (PDF) 

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Secretary Deb Haaland asking the administration to address livestock overgrazing on federal ...

Decades of Overgrazing Compromise 30 x 30 Goal 

40 Million Acres Fail Minimum Federal Standards for Rangeland Health  

BLM Won’t Stop Illegal Grazing  

Range Manager Facing Suspension After Appealing to Pendley 

Trump’s “Sagebrush Rebels” Mull Latest Bundy Trespass   

Prosecution Unlikely Amid Sharp Decline in Interior Criminal Enforcement    

PEERMail | Bungling Public Health in a Pandemic

The bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic exposes the rapid decline in the U.S. government’s ability to ...

America’s Rangelands Deeply Damaged by Overgrazing  

Figures Show Vast Areas Failing BLM’s Own Rangeland Health Standards

Taxpayers Fleeced Once Again

Public Lands Livestock Operations Pay the Bare Minimum

Rock Bottom Federal Grazing Fees Probed

BLM Cloaking Environmental and Fiscal Impacts of Vast Livestock Program

BLM Whistleblower Reinstated

Courthouse Steps Agreement Means Monday MSPB Hearing Is Cancelled

Blowing Whistle on Range Violations Unwelcome in BLM

BLM Fires 21-Year Veteran Whistleblower Rather than Curtailing Illegal Grazing

BLM Commercial Grazing Program Goes Underground

Agency Stops Posting Performance Data and Hides Basic Programmatic Information

Public Land Livestock Fees Hit Rock-Bottom

Full Cost of Federal Grazing Program Well Overdue for Complete Analysis

Clueless Oversight Promotes Damaging Livestock Practices

House Hearing Ignores Declining Range Conditions and Costs of Welfare Ranching

CLIVEN BUNDY IS A FREE MAN. HIS COWS ARE STILL A NUISANCE

From: Mother Jones ““There’s sort of a metaphor between Bundy and his cows: They’ve both gone rogue,” says Jeff ...

BLM Still MIA On Grazing Trespass

After Bundy Mistrial, Repeated Agency Vows to Stem Illegal Grazing Go Astray

BUNDY VOWS STANDOFF IF BLM TRIES TO SEIZE CATTLE

From: Greenwire “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and WildEarth Guardians also urged Zinke to ...

Range Rustling Remains Rampant

Ignoring GAO Reports, BLM Foregoes Promised Steps to Check Grazing Trespass

Livestock Land Abuse Rampant on Public Range

New BLM Figures Show Little Progress in Healing Lands Degraded by Overgrazing

BLM Agrees to Beef up Livestock Range Condition Reports

Data Quantifying and Qualifying Grazing Effects on Land Health Belatedly Restored

Shaving Livestock Grazings Carbon Hoofprint

Complaints Target BLM Neutral Stance on Livestock Grazing Climate Impacts

Oregon Refuge Standoff Latest Extremist Jihad

Federal Inaction for 19 Months on Bundy Spawns More Militia Confrontations

Battle Mountain Grazing Settlement Sows Seeds of Discord

Rancher Rewarded for Defiant Trespass as BLM Avoids Enforcement at All Costs

Surrendered Bundy Documents Shed No Light on Events

BLM: No Criminal Referrals, Cattle Inventory, or Lessons Learned

BLM Dumbing Down Reports on Livestock Range Conditions

Complaint Demands Restoration of Data Quantifying and Qualifying Grazing Effects

Cattle Trample Sage Grouse Recovery Prospects

New Grazing Data Center Documents Widespread Habitat Damage

Nevada Ranchers Suffer From Self-Deluded Drought Denial

Data Backs BLM Manager’s Allotment Cuts in Face of “Cowboy Express” Protest

About the BLM Grazing Data

The Bureau of Land Management's Land Health Standards (LHS) evaluations assess the conditions of BLM lands with ...

BLM Weighs Wild Horse Impact Much More Heavily Than Cattle

Agency Sage Grouse Review Puts Thumb on Scale to Magnify Wild Horse and Burro Effects

BLM Says It Cannot Track Cattle on Its Lands

Blames Lack of “Seamless Data” for Excluding Livestock from Range Assessments

BLM Ducks Complaint About Suppressing Livestock Damage

Landscape Assessments in Limbo after Scientists Told to Ignore Livestock Impacts

Livestock’s Heavy Hooves Impair One-Third of BLM Rangelands

33 million Acres of BLM Grazing Allotments Fail Basic Rangeland Health Standards

Grazing Punted From Federal Study of Land Changes in West

Scientists Told to Not Consider Grazing Due to Fear of Lawsuits and Data Gaps

Deadly Domestic Sheep Disease Threatens Endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn

Feds Threatened With Legal Action to Close Grazing Allotments, Remedy Endangered Species Act Violations

BUSH & NORTON’S BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT IGNORING GRAZING AGREEMENT TO PROTECT DESERT TORTOISE

Environmentalists Ask Court to Hold BLM in Contempt for Failure to Comply with Court Order