Lower grazing fees for 2018 on BLM, Forest Service land
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month for lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the same cost per head month for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The new fee will take effect March 1.
This is a decrease of about 25 percent from last year’s $1.87 grazing fee.
An animal unit month or head month — treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes — is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month. The newly calculated grazing fee was determined by a congressional formula.
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