Taxpayers Lose Over $120 Million Annually on Federal Public Lands Grazing

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concludes that the federal government spends at least $144 million each year managing private livestock grazing operations on publicly owned land, but collects only $21 million in grazing fees—for a net loss of at least $123 million per year.

Several agencies, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, which spend money mitigating for grazing damage such as non-point source water pollution, did not provide estimates of their grazing related costs to the GAO. The report also does not address the environmental costs of livestock grazing on public lands.

News Releases

NPLGC   October 31, 2005  Taxpayers Lose Over $120 Million Annually on Federal Public Lands Grazing

Rep. Raúl Grijalva  October 31, 2005  GAO Report Details $123 Million Shortfall in Federal Livestock Grazing Programs

GAO Report
Government Accountability Office • Livestock Grazing: Federal Expenditures and Receipts Vary, Depending on the Agency and the Purpose of the Fee Charged (September 30, 2005)
GAO • Livestock Grazing: Federal Expenditures and Receipts Abstract
GAO • Livestock Grazing: Federal Expenditures and Receipts Highlights