Public Land Grazing Was Increased During Ongoing Megadrought

Government agencies have quietly distributed large subsidies to public land ranchers in the Desert Southwest during the region’s long-term ongoing megadrought.

Arizona Water Protection Fund Hijacked By Agricultural Interests

The Arizona Water Protection Fund (AWPF) was created in 1994 by the Arizona Legislature to protect and enhance the state’s streams and associated riparian habitat. But during the last several years it’s been hijacked for the benefit of ranchers and irrigated agriculture.

Arizona Game & Fish Department Helping Wildlife That Go Moo

The 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 …

Livestock Forage Disaster Program A Disaster For Taxpayers

Ranchers in the desert Southwest have received large subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) that have helped perpetuate unsustainable ranching on arid public land administered by the Bureau Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service.

The Myth About Livestock Waters on Western Public Lands

Several years ago I accompanied U.S. Forest Service staff on a horseback inspection of a livestock grazing allotment in the arid Superstition Mountains of the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona. As we neared a muddy stock tank perched on a chaparral-covered hill we scared off several mule deer that were taking a drink. The …

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