The federal grazing fee for 2012 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The 2012 fees are the same as last year.
An AUM or HM - treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes - is the occupancy and use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month. The newly calculated grazing fee is effective on March 1 and applies to nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and more than 8,000 permits administered by the USFS.
Under the 1978 Public Rangelands Improvement Act, the grazing fee cannot fall below $1.35 per AUM, and any increase or decrease cannot exceed 25 percent of the previous year's level.
The 2012 grazing fee of $1.35 per AUM/HM applies to 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the USFS. The states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.