BLM, Forest Service grazing fees lowered in 2019
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The federal grazing fee for 2019 will drop from $1.41 to $1.35 per animal unit month for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.
The newly calculated grazing fee was determined by a congressional formula and takes effect March 1. The fee will apply to nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and nearly 6,500 permits administered by the Forest Service.
The annually determined grazing fee is established using a 1966 base value of $1.23 per animal unit month/head month for livestock grazing on public lands in Western states. The figure is then calculated according to three factors: current private grazing land lease rates, beef cattle prices and the cost of livestock production.
“The BLM and Forest Service are committed to strong relationships with the ranching community and work closely with permittees to ensure public rangelands remain healthy, productive working landscapes,” Brian Steed, BLM deputy director for programs and policy, was quoted as saying in a news release.
The grazing fee applies in 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the Forest Service.
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