Agencies Fail to Identify, Track, Penalize, or Deter Unauthorized Livestock Grazing on Public Lands According to a New GAO Report

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

GR.–U. S federal land management agencies knowingly allow damage to public land so that ranchers and loggers can make profits harvesting forage and timber.  Excesses that violate agency rules are not penalized.  This needs to stop.  Perhaps criminal charges should be brought against the heads of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior.

“The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report last week detailing the extent to which the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have failed to follow agency regulations in documenting and penalizing unauthorized or trespass livestock grazing on federal public lands. The report, entitled Unauthorized Grazing: Actions Needed to Improve Tracking and Deterrence Efforts, was requested by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee. The request came in response to several high profile cases of trespass grazing and a recognition of the devastating…

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