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Trump administration cuts public, environmental considerations out of public grazing program

Further plans to deregulate public lands livestock industry

January 17, 2020

In an advance notice of rulemaking published on January 17, the Trump administration announced plans to further deregulate the public lands livestock industry by proposing changes to the Bureau of Land Management’s grazing regulations. The agency is soliciting public comments on the consequences of the proposed changes.

Livestock grazing is the most pervasive use of western public lands and is responsible for destroying wildlife habitat, streams, and riparian areas; spreading invasive weeds; and increasing wildfire frequency and severity.

Instead of crafting new regulations to reduce the impacts of grazing and improve the health of public lands, the BLM intends to weaken oversight of grazing and reduce public input on grazing decisions.

Read the press release.

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