Government agencies have quietly distributed large subsidies that increased livestock grazing on public land in the Desert Southwest during the ongoing long-term megadrought.
President Donald Trump’s pick to manage the U.S. Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, is promoting a new “outcome-based” livestock management initiative on the public lands managed by the department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Did you know that the federal agencies charged with managing our public lands permit livestock grazing in desert ecosystems?
Republicans have launched the biggest attack on America’s public lands since President Ronald Reagan gave political legitimacy to the Sagebrush Rebellion by appointing James Watt Secretary of the Interior in 1981.
Proponents of livestock management systems called holistic resource management (HRM) often claim that its a form of regenerative agriculture, but HRM grazing systems are degenerative in arid environments. HRM was invented by a fellow named Allan Savory. He claims that disturbances caused by livestock grazing are natural because vegetation co-evolved with herds of wild grazing …