Would taxpayers save with this program?

Where would the Money for Voluntary Grazing Permit Buyout Come From?

When the political will exists in Congress to spend money, the money is found and spent. The public lands livestock industry and conservation organizations rarely agree on where and how much to spend on the federal public lands grazing program. However, in the case of voluntary grazing permit buyout, U.S. Senators and Congressional representatives will be surprised to learn that both permittees and conservationists request ample funds for the same purpose. These decisionmakers, who have long desired an end to the public lands range war between conservationists and livestock interests, should be pleased to prioritize funding for permittees who indicate their desire to sell their grazing interests to the government.

The return on investment to taxpayers of buying out federal grazing permits is very good. However, these savings will not be realized in just one year. Any amount of money spent to buyout permits in any given year will only result in savings in the following years. This is important because Congressional budgeting procedures usually require that spending for new programs--even one that would result in significant future savings--must be immediately offset in the federal budget by reducing funding for other programs. So, NPLGC proposes that money to fund voluntary buyout come from:

Private money may also be available for voluntary grazing permit buyout:
Other sources of funding may also be available. Where there is political will, there is a way.

Is there a role for private conservation dollars?