Status of Allotments in Wyoming

The Allotment Information report in RAS for all districts and field offices in Wyoming yielded 3,563 unique rows after filtering out 636 duplicates.  Those rows corresponded to allotments with more than one permit.

The breakdown by category includes a large number of allotments with custodial status:

  • Improve: 837
  • Maintain: 805
  • Custodial: 1,911
  • Unclassified: 10

Approximately 23% of the allotments are in the Improve category, suggesting that rangeland health in Wyoming is fairly good, although the condition of the custodial allotments is not known.

The breakdown by public acreage tells a different story:

  • Improve: 10,727,886
  • Maintain: 4,954,637
  • Custodial: 1,746,089
  • Unclassified: 15,157

Almost 62% of the land does not meet standards for rangeland health.

The guest column published yesterday by The Hill pinned most of the problems on global warming, not on stocking rates, resource allocations and management priorities of America’s public lands.  In fact, it didn’t even acknowledge public-lands ranching!

Privately owned livestock can access over 17 million acres of BLM lands in the state, compared to slightly less than five million acres for wild horses.  That acreage will ratchet down if the Rock Springs RMP amendments are approved and carried out.

RELATED: Allotment Status in Utah.

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