North Coast Chapter - CNPS

Grazing Policies on Public Land

The following is a letter asking that the federal government reform its grazing policies on public land. This letter may be used as a template for writing your own letter. Please tell your friends or anyone you know about this important issue.


Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Feinstein,

I am writing to demand that the federal government reform its grazing policy on public lands. As it now stands many grazing allotments are offered at much below market value and far below the government's actual cost of maintaining the grazed lands. Federal grazing fees should reflect fair market value and should take into consideration the negative environmental effects. Currently federal grazing policy is responsible for much degradation of the fragile ecology of many areas of the American west. Furthermore, below-cost grazing fees are shear pork-barrel corporate welfare, and I feel that corporate welfare is a far more insidious and costly problem than welfare for the poor. Specifically, I would like to see you:

( Beef-up (excuse the pun) environmental protection standards for land and water on federal lands.

( Increase grazing fees to reflect the actual cost of the allotment to the taxpayer- owners.

* Initiate a policy that ends grazing in all federal wilderness areas.

* Because riparian corridors are often where the greatest biodiversity and the highest concentrations of endangered species are found, see to it that riparian corridors are protected and that erosion is minimized.

* Strengthen the endangered species act and vigilantly enforce it so that grazing on federal lands will not threaten endangered species.

( Make water quality and conservation a primary concern in the management of western federal lands.

I care very much about environmental issues and I expect you to do the same. Please respond in writing and let me know what your positions are on each of the points mentioned above. Remember, the taxpayers of this nation own the public lands and we expect accountability from our elected representatives. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

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Last Updated March 1998