Administrative Overview: What is Public Lands Grazing?

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 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. Here we provide resources that help describe the nature of the permitting system, the extent of public lands grazing, and the regulations pertaining to this practice.