Grazing on Public Lands

Since the turn of the last century the federal government has regulated the use of forage by domestic livestock on its lands through the issue of grazing permits. These programs are administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and in the case of some national monuments, the Park Service. As with other permitted uses of these lands such as commercial river running, park concessions, and hunting, the permittees of grazing allotments must comply with federal regulations including numerous environmental restrictions. The debate over public lands grazing has reached a shrill tone over the years. The main discussions turn on a number of issue areas.