Government agencies have quietly distributed large subsidies to public land ranchers in the Desert Southwest during the region’s long-term ongoing megadrought.
Habitat Partnership Committee grants awarded by the Arizona Game & Fish Department from the money raised during the annual Arizona Big Game Super Raffle of hunt permit-tags donated by the agency to hunting groups are required by law to be used for wildlife habitat improvements. But some of the money is being spent to subsidize …
The USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) should be targeted by Congressional budget hawks every time a Farm Bill comes up for renewal because the department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is doling out enormous amounts of EQIP money to public land ranchers across West.
The State of Arizona is managing its state land grazing leases primarily for the benefit of ranchers, not the state’s public schools – as federal law requires.
Arizona’s Gila District Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a draft resource management plan on June 29, 2018, that proposed to increase permitted cattle grazing in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) by about 375%.