Call or Email your Senators Regarding the Grazing Improvement Act!
The Grazing Improvement Act of 2013 (S. 258) is being brought before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. This bill, if passed, would:
1. Limit public review of grazing decisions by excluding permit renewals from NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) analysis.
2. Double the term on grazing permits from 10 to 20 years.
3. Give the BLM the complete and exclusive authority on review of grazing permits.
Lands already degraded by millions of head of welfare cattle and sheep may suffer even more with the passage of this inappropriately named Act. The only thing this Act might “improve” is the ability of welfare ranchers to have increased influence over the management of OUR public lands.
The bill could be voted on in committee on Thursday, so make your voice heard today. We suggest that you voice your objection to this proposed legislation. If passed, wild horses and burros, already marginalized on these lands, could suffer even more, as would all other wildlife that share our public lands.
Please urge your Senator to say NO to this Act. Do not to give more power to the livestock industry, which has influenced decisions by BLM and the US Forest Service to eliminate thousands of wild horses and burros from their legally designated herd areas.
-Wild horses and burros only occupy 11% of all public lands. Cattle and sheep are found on nearly all of our public lands.
-Wild horses and burros are allocated only 18% of forage compared to 82% for livestock on this 11% of public land.
-Millions of head of livestock versus less than 30,000 wild horses and burros occupy public lands.
It is time to give the wild horses and burros their fair share! The Grazing Improvement Act would further erode their rights.
Please note that your emails will only be considered if you reside in the state of one of the Senators on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. But, calls can be received from those not residing in the state of the Senators on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Petitions have little impact in these cases and form letters may count as only one response, so please take time to personalize your message.