Preserving Opportunities for Grazing on Federal Land

Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment
Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment
Hearing Date: July 24, 2018 2:00 pm 2247 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To examine challenges faced by ranchers seeking to graze livestock on federal land and to identify opportunities for more productive range management practices.
BACKGROUND:
  • Congress mandated both the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service (FS) manage federal land under “multiple use and sustained yield” principles to include livestock grazing.
  • Access to public lands for grazing is critical for ranchers in many western states. In 2013, grazing on federal land contributed at least $1.5 billion to the economy and supported over 18,000 jobs.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Dave Eliason President Public Lands Council Document
Mr. John Helle Owner Partner Helle Livestock Document
Mr. Scott Horngren Staff Attorney & Adjunct Professor Western Resources Legal Center Document
Honorable Shannon Wheeler Chairman Nez Perce Tribe Document