Earth satellites tell the truth: Grazing threatens wildlife habitat in West

“. . . ubiquitous public lands grazing has contributed to the decline of native wildlife,” concludes the report entitled ‘Western Wildlife Under Hoof’.”

Wildearth Guardians has used satellite images and public land records to show the massive damage grazing of sheep and cattle does to the soil, water, forage, and wildlife of our public lands, including the spread of non-native invasive weeds.

Study: Grazing threatens wildlife habitat in West by Scott Sonner. Associated Press


  1. kt Avatar

    Great work Forest Guardians and Mark Salvo!

    WHY in the world would any bank continue to loans to these Welfare Ranchers?

    “Some grazing permittees who are low on operating capital
    engage in a dubious, though federally sanctioned practice of
    collateralizing their grazing permits to finance their public lands
    grazing operations. Both the Forest Service20 and BLM facilitate
    the use of publicly owned grazing permits and leases as collateral
    for private bank loans. The BLM has documented more than $1.1
    billion in liens on BLM grazing permits/leases in the eleven
    western states; approximately 300 ranch operations have taken
    more than $450 million in loans on Forest Service grazing
    In 2000, the State Bank of Southern Utah submitted information
    to the Supreme Court confirming that financial institutions hold
    an estimated $10 billion in loans and related credit transactions
    with the public lands ranching industry, with grazing permits
    alone valued at approximately $1 billion.
    Economic Contributions
    The economic contribution of public lands grazing … is miniscule”.

  2. Ken Cole Avatar

    I think I’ll be including this in comments on grazing allotments.

  3. mike post Avatar
    mike post

    So, where is the great “Mr Audacious Hope” that you all voted for on this? All he has to do is order that grazing leases be priced at market rates and that BLM and NFS get full cost recovery on the management of those leases and you can bet that things will turn around big time in about 5 years. So, where is he?


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