October 10, 2003
U.S. ranchers grazing on public lands may be seeing some relief from the current administrative backlog disrupting the cycle of grazing permits. Efforts by Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), with help from Sens. Larry Craig (R-ID) and Craig Thomas (R-WY) resulted in a provision for grazing permit protection included in the Senate fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations bill.
The goal is to secure long-term legislation to prevent interruption of grazing permits while federal agencies struggle to meet environmental documentation obligations, reported Meat News. Long-term security for grazing permits will ease some of the stress affecting public land ranching operations.