WHEREAS Livestock Grazing fees have been targeted for change by the Executive Branch and Congress and
WHEREAS livestock grazing is the most valuable tool for managing forage on Federal Lands; and
WHEREAS livestock grazing is a viable use of public lands in Colorado that contributes millions of dollars to local and state economies and provides thousands of jobs to the majority of counties in Western Colorado; and
WHEREAS over fifty percent of lands in the Western states are federally- owned where grazing was introduced as a tool to stabilize the western livestock industry; and
WHEREAS present laws require permittees to privately-own base property to obtain a permit to graze on public lands and these same private lands provide valuable additional wildlife habitat and open-space ; and
WHEREAS the current livestock grazing fee formula is based on extensive studies and has been accepted by economists, Congress and the President; and
WHEREAS some preservation and environmental groups have stated that livestock grazing should and will be eliminated from public lands, and that pricing the fee so high that grazing will be unaffordable is one method of accomplishing that goal; and
WHEREAS permittees have spent thousands of dollars and effort improving the ranges by obtaining Section 4 permits (100% paid by permittees), and also on cost-sharing projects (50% paid by permittees), thus improving the range, benefitting and enhancing wildlife. Permittees also spend thousands of dollars on maintenance of these improvements which include water development, reseeding, riparian management, etc.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that CLUB 20 supports the present grazing fee formula now contained in the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CLUB 20 requests that field hearings be held on any legislation to eliminate or change the present method of determining a fair, affordable and equitable fee.
(Formerly PL 91 2)