Lost or Spoiled Recreation Opportunities from Livestock Grazing

Livestock on public lands…

- trash and defecate in lakes, ponds, springs, and streams…

spoiling pools for swimmers

degrading fishing holes for fishers

creating green and brown, slimy, unpalatable and often unsafe water sources for campers and hikers

- compete with fish and wildlife for forage, water and space…

reducing habitat and avian populations for birders

reducing habitat and wildlife populations for wildlife watchers

- preferentially graze native vegetation and cause the spread of noxious weeds…

threatening rare plant species for native plant enthusiasts

trampling and grazing fields of grasses and wildflowers for hikers

trashing riparian areas, desert uplands and mountain meadows for campers and backpackers

spoiling wildlands for Wilderness lover

Livestock management on public lands…

- requires hundreds of thousands of miles of fencing…

including fences in national parks, national wildlife refuges, Wilderness areas and Wild and Scenic River corridors

and fences around Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service campgrounds and picnic areas (to exclose livestock, or enclose campers and picnickers inside these areas?!)

that are dangerous to hikers and bicyclists

- involves the eradication of native predators…

killing the spirit of the wildlands and depriving all Americans of the opportunity to see the real kings of the West.