| Although cattle grazing in the West has polluted
more water, eroded more topsoil, killed more fish, displaced more wildlife,
and destroyed more vegetation than any other kind of land use, the American
public pays ranchers to do it.
- Ted Williams, 1991, "He's Going to Have an Accident," Audubon 93(2): 30-39, p. 34.
| Since late 2001 a consortium of conservationist
groups called the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign has taken the debate
to another level.
Grazing, along with hard-rock mining, represents
the last bastion of government-subsidised extraction of commodities from
public lands. The American taxpayer deserves a viable alternative.
- "Subsidised cow chow," The Economist 362(8263): 39 (March 8, 2002).
|The people who brought this idea up (grazing
permit buyout) have thought this question through clearly and they're not
going to go away.
Aaron Harp, Director, Policy Analysis Center for Western Public Lands
- Mike Stark, "Panel will study lease buy-outs," Billings Gazette (May 8, 2002).
|After 23 years with the BLM I have
come to the realization that for many of our allotments [permit buyout]
is the only real solution.
Land/Resource Manager (name withheld), Bureau of Land Management. December 3, 2002
Ranching is fading out in Arizona. It's a fraction of a fraction of 1 percent of the state economy.
- "Git gone, li'l dogie," Arizona Republic (editorial) (June 26, 2003): B10.
Ranch values have just moved completely out of line with the ability
to pay for it with income from cows. Basically, you have to come to ranching
with big bags of money, inherit it or be willing to work off the ranch.
- Leslie Linthicum, "Like many ranches, Silver Bear comes with a hefty price tag," Albuquerque Journal (November 9, 2003).
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