Opening the Range: Reforms to Allow Markets for Voluntary Conservation on Federal Grazing Lands

Source: Property and Environment Research Center
by Shawn Regan, Temple Stoellinger, & Jonathan Wood

“For nearly a century, the federal government has authorized ranchers to graze livestock on large areas of federal lands in the western United States. Federal-land grazing has generated substantial conflict in recent decades, as conservation interests and others have lobbied and litigated against what they view as inappropriate and destructive use of federal lands. This has produced a predictable backlash among ranching interests, including efforts to roll back the regulations relied on by environmental litigants and aggressive confrontations with federal regulators. But such conflict is not inevitable. Competing demands on these lands can be resolved through voluntary means and positive incentives for conservation practices, as they often are on private lands.” [abstract — full paper available as PDF download] (09/19/22)