Voluntary grazing permit buyout, as proposed in the Multiple-Use
Conflict Resolution Act (H.R. 3166), is neither revolutionary or even new, but
simply another application of the tried-and-true concept of voluntary government
The federal government has often used voluntary buyouts
to resolve over-employment in various economic sectors; re-settle communities
away from floodplains and hurricane zones; and address overcapacity and resource
depletion in agricultural and natural resource industries.
Following are a few prominent and recent examples of federally authorized and funded buyout programs:
In each case, the above buyout
programs were crafted to fit the unique circumstances of each target constituency.