The 2021 fee has been set at $1.35 per AUM for the 2021 grazing season, same as last year, according to a BLM news release issued today. The grazing season on public lands runs from March 1 through February 28.
An AUM represents the forage consumed in one month by a cow/calf pair, one wild horse, two wild burros or five sheep. Forage allocations are often specified in resource management plans.
The new fee corresponds to about 5% of the going rate on private lands.
The method of calculation can be found in Section 1905 of the Public Rangelands Improvement Act, 43 USC 37, one of the rancher-friendly statutes that weakened the WHB Act.
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