Tell BLM to Stand Up to Ranchers; Reduce Livestock Grazing on Public Lands
The record drought affecting much of the West is undeniable, yet the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- as we write this -- is allowing ranchers to turn out their cattle on our severely depleted public rangelands. This level of grazing under these extreme conditions is causing potentially irreversible damage to the fragile desert/sagebrush ecosystem. Continued livestock grazing in already drought-stricken wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs) is placing these federally-protected animals and other wildlife species in danger of grave suffering and death from starvation and dehydration over the dry summer months.
Very few BLM officials are willing to take meaningful steps to prevent this destruction of our public resources. However, one responsible official, BLM Battle Mountain District Manager Doug Furtado, has had the courage to implement reductions to livestock grazing on depleted rangelands under his jurisdiction. Despite the modest nature of the proposed grazing restrictions, ranchers are attacking Mr. Furtado and calling for his removal.
Across the West, ranchers are bullying and threatening illegal action against the BLM to defend what they erroneously believe is their "right" to graze private livestock on our public rangelands and the BLM is consistently caving in to their demands.
It's time to show BLM Director Neil Kornze, BLM Nevada State Director Amy Leuders and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval that American citizens want our federal public lands protected and that leadership is needed to support responsible BLM officials who take necessary steps to reduce or eliminate livestock grazing during these dire times. Please speak up now by personalizing and sending the sample letter below.
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6 million acres of BLM-managed land eliminated as wild horse and burro habitat over past 40 years.
77% of forage in designated wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas allocated to livestock. (BLM statistic)
Wild horses and burros are present on less than one-third of the land available for livestock grazing in Nevada. The BLM gives away the majority of forage in designated wild horse and burro habitat to livestock; federally protected wild horses and burros receive less than one-quarter of available forage allocations.