The American Sheep Industry Association, the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association strongly support the Grazing Improvement Act of 2013, introduced this week in the U.S. Senate. Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.), along with cosponsors Sens. Mike Crapo (Idaho), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Jim Risch (Idaho), introduced the bill, which seeks to improve the livestock grazing permitting processes on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The bill was debated during the last session of Congress in both the Senate and House of Representatives; it passed the House with bipartisan support as part of the Conservation and Economic Growth Act (H.R. 2578).
The bill proposes to codify language that allows the BLM and USFS to renew grazing permits under existing terms and conditions while the backlog of environmental analyses is being addressed. It increases the term of a grazing permit from 10 to 20 years and will decrease the interval at which grazing allotments come up for environmental analyses.