BLM announced on Friday the opening of a comment period on the scope of a program that would “…manage invasive annual grasses that intensify wildland fire behavior and diminish ecological integrity using a variety of livestock grazing practices.”
A ‘Targeted Grazing Scoping Letter’ was issued on 07/03/19, according to the news release, but no link was provided and a newspaper of record was not cited.
The project area includes several BLM districts in the northern half of the state.
All are inhabited by free-roaming horses. Some have burros.
What will be the impact on those animals as forage is removed? Will the public-lands ranchers be charged for the ‘service?’ Will the practice occur outside of established grazing allotments?
The casual observer may wonder if this is just another attempt to cram more privately owned cattle, sheep and goats onto public lands in the western U.S. at the expense of America’s wild horses and burros.