Allotment Status in Colorado

The Allotment Information report in RAS for all districts and field offices in Colorado yielded 2,318 unique rows after filtering out 190 duplicates.  Those rows corresponded to allotments with more than one permit.

The breakdown by category shows a large number with custodial status.

  • Improve: 649
  • Maintain: 428
  • Custodial: 1,237
  • Unclassified: 4

With 28% of the allotments in the Improve category, you might get the impression that public lands in Colorado subject to permitted grazing are in fairly good shape.

However, the breakdown by acreage tells a different story:

  • Improve: 5,741,814
  • Maintain: 1,225,536
  • Custodial: 834,957
  • Unclassified: 520

Almost 74% of the land does not meet standards for rangeland health.

The condition of the custodial allotments is not known.

Privately owned livestock can access nearly eight million acres of BLM lands in the state, compared to 0.4 million acres for wild horses.

RELATED: Status of Allotments in Wyoming.

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