"Grazing Improvement" Amendment to Farm Bill Spells Disaster for Public Lands, Wild Horses and Burros
Livestock grazing represents the largest single commercial use of federal lands in the lower 48 states. On our public lands across the West, millions of livestock trample and destroy vegetation, damage soil, spread invasive weeds, pollute water, and deprive wildlife -- including wild horses and burros -- of forage and water. In fact, a driving force behind the mass roundup and removal of wild horses and burros from public lands is the private livestock industry.
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) has offered his "Grazing Improvement Act" as an amendment to the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 (S. 3240), also known as the "Farm Bill." If enacted, this amendment would gut the minimal environmental protections that exist for public lands grazed by private livestock and diminish the public's ability to participate in decisions about grazing management. Specifically, the amendment would:
► Extend the term of grazing permits and leases from 10 to 20 years;
► Allow the BLM and the USFS to indefinitely determine when and whether to review grazing permits at their sole discretion; and
► Grant BLM and USFS the authority to issue categorical exclusions to avoid environmental analysis.
Please help protect our public lands and wild horses & burros by asking your Senators to OPPOSE the "Grazing Improvement Act" amendment to the Farm Bill (S. 3240).
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. CALL YOUR SENATOR(S).
Your Senator's telephone number will appear below the sample letter, to the right of the picture of your Senator. Please call this number and ask his/her office to vote against this amendment. Please use the script below to help deliver your message.
As a constituent who lives in [identify your city and state], I urge Senator ______ to oppose Amendment #2175 (Grazing Improvement Act) to the Farm Bill (S. 3240). The Amendment will weaken protections for public lands already overgrazed by livestock; harm wildlife, including wild horses and burros; and restrict public participation in the management of our public lands. Please VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT #2175 to the Farm Bill.
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