March 23, 2012
Congressmen Raul Labrador (Idaho) along with 10 other lawmakers took a firm stand on the side of America's federal-lands ranchers by introducing the Grazing Improvement Act (H.R. 4234), which would increase efficiencies in the federal lands grazing permit process and create a more stable business environment for the ranchers who manage the land and its resources.
John Falen (Nev.), Public Lands Council president, said for more than a decade federal-lands ranchers have relied on language being included into annual appropriations bills to allow the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to renew grazing permits on federal lands under current terms and conditions until the renewal process is complete. Falen said the Grazing Improvement Act codifies that language, extends the life of grazing permits from 10 years to 20 years and implements a more balanced appeal process.
H.R. 4234 is a companion bill to Sen. John Barrasso's (Wyo.) Grazing Improvement Act (S. 1129). A hearing was held on S. 1129 on Thursday, March 22, at the Committee Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests.