WHEREAS livestock grazing is an important part of the economic, social and cultural landscape of Colorado; and
WHEREAS livestock operations in western Colorado are heavily dependent on seasonal grazing of public lands; and
WHEREAS the court ruled in 1995 that all public lands livestock grazing permits were required immediately to be in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); and
WHEREAS in response to the court’s decision, Congress passed the Rescission Act which allowed current livestock grazing permits to continue while the federal agencies completed a schedule of reviewing permits to ensure appropriate NEPA compliance; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that CLUB 20 urges Congress to take appropriate actions, such as adequate funding, a categorical exclusion, to ensure that livestock grazing on public lands does not become administratively jeopardized due to the Agencies’ inability to meet mandated NEPA administrative documentation.
(Formerly 09-9 PL1)