The National Public Lands Grazing Campaign: Plan Components

1. Public Education

Most of the American public does not realize that livestock in the arid West have caused more damage than the chainsaw and bulldozer combined. One of the educational activities of the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign is to promote and distribute Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West, a seven-pound book featuring 346 pages of articles and photographs by expert authors and photographers on the severe negative impacts of livestock grazing in western public lands.

2. Enforcement and Accountability

Current federal environmental law, when properly administered, require less or even no grazing on public lands. These laws include, but are not limited to: the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Forest Management Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. NPLGC member organizations and others are increasing their enforcement efforts under these laws and others through administrative appeals, litigation and species listing efforts to curb grazing abuse on federal public lands.

3. Legislative and/or Administrative Reform

NPLGC is advocating for legislation to allow federal grazing permittees and lessees to voluntarily retire their grazing permits and leases -- and permanently close the associated allotments to grazing use -- in exchange for $175 per animal unit month. (Due to the magnitude of ongoing subsidies to support the federal grazing program, the taxpayers would greatly benefit by this proposal.) NPLGC is also seeking administrative reform to allow third parties to facilitate permanent permit retirement.