A. Employment and Income from Federal Grazing

Public Lands Ranching Jobs and Income in Eleven Western States†
State
AZ
CA
  CO
ID
MT
  NM
  NV
  OR
  UT
WA
WY
Fed grazing jobs
2,132
603
1,456
1,636
1,085
2,129
1,228
1,630
1,805
291
1,503
Fed grazing jobs as % of total
0.11
0.00
0.07
0.30
0.25
0.28
0.16
0.10
0.19
0.01
0.56
Fed grazing income as % of total
0.11
0.00
0.04
0.23
0.14
0.18
0.09
0.04
0.08
0.01
0.25
Days of normal job growth to replace all fed grazing jobs
14
1
14
72
93
53
18
23
30
2
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Days of normal economic growth to replace all fed grazing income
18
0
6
57
30
25
8
10
9
1
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  Adapted from T. M. Power. 1996. LOST LANDSCAPES AND FAILED ECONOMIES: THE SEARCH FOR THE VALUE OF PLACE. Island Press. Washington, DC: 184-185 (citing T. M. Power. 1994. Measuring local economic well-being: per capita income and local economic health in C. W. Cobb and J. B. Cobb (eds.). THE GREEN NATIONAL PRODUCT: A PROPOSED INDEX OF SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC WELFARE. Univ. Press of America. New York, NY.).

B.  Ranch "Dependence" on Federal Forage*

RANCH DEPENDENCE ON FEDERAL FORAGE IN ELEVEN WESTERN STATES **
State
Percentage of Ranches "Dependent" on Federal Grazing
Percentage of Feed from Federal Grazing
Amount of Exaggeration of Dependency (percent)
Arizona
66
24
275
California
94
4
2,350
Colorado
53
6
883
Idaho
97
14
693
Montana
43
7
614
Nevada
100
43
233
New Mexico
51
20
255
Oregon
74
11
673
Utah
99
24
413
Washington
45
2
2,250
Wyoming
76
16
475
Aggregate Eleven States
69
12
575

* "Dependent" means more than 5% of forage from federal grazing.
** Power, T. M. 1996. LOST LANDSCAPES AND FAILED ECONOMIES: THE SEARCH FOR THE VALUE OF PLACE. Island Press. Washington, DC: 183 (citing E. B. Godfrey and C. A. Pope. 1990. The trouble with livestock grazing on public lands in Current Issues in Rangeland Resource Economics. Oregon State Univ. Corvallis, OR.).