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Lower grazing fees for 2018 on BLM, Forest Service land

Craig Press staff report

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.

The BLM and Forest Service are committed to strong relationships with the ranching community and work closely with permittees to ensure public rangelands remain healthy, productive working landscapes. Fifty percent of the collected grazing fees deposited into the U.S. Treasury are returned to the Range Betterment Fund for on-the-ground range improvement projects. Portions of collected fees are also returned to the states for use in the counties in which the fees were generated.

The grazing fee applies in 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the Forest Service, including Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Permit holders and lessees may contact their local BLM or Forest Service office for additional information.