Legislators have beef with BLM, Forest Service


Geoff Dornan
Reporter, Nevada Appeal


Carson City, NV - September 02, 2014

The legislative interim committee on public lands approved a series of recommendations Thursday calling for changes in how grazing permits are handled and demanding BLM and the Forest Service comply with the Wild Horse and Burro Act.

The grazing issue involves what Northern Nevada ranchers say is arbitrary and unjustified closures of livestock grazing in the Argenta District.

According to the background document, there’s testimony BLM “is applying prohibitive restrictions on grazing because it is easier to implement than an active management plan.”

Sen. Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka, himself a rancher, said BLM and the Forest Service must be forced to make management decisions on best science and give some flexibility to grazing permittees.