Federal grazing fees reduced


The Dalles Chronicle (OR) 

Mar 8, 2019


WASHINGTON—The federal grazing fee for 2019 will drop to $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.


It was $1.41 per AUM/HM in 2018. The new fee took effect March 1.


Nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM, and almost 6,500 additional permits administered by the Forest Service, will be included.


AUMs and HMs (treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes) represent the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.


The method of grazing fee calculation was established by Congress in the 1978 Public Rangelands Improvement Act, and remained in use under a 1986 presidential executive order. Under that order, the grazing fee cannot fall below $1.35 per AUM/HM, and any increase or decrease cannot exceed 25 percent of the previous year’s level.


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