Keywords

federal grazing, reallocation of land, land use, grazing, agricultural economics

Abstract

Over a quarter of a century ago, I analyzed the allocation procedures utilized by the federal agencies which administer livestock grazing on the public lands (Gardner 1962). Two factors contributing to grazing misallocation and reduced range productivity were identified: (1) the "eligibility" requirements that qualify permittees for grazing privileges prevented the utilization of forage by ranchers who would value it most, and (2) use-tenure insecurity resulting from cuts in permitted grazing impeded private investment in range improvements on the public ranges. In a second paper, I proposed that the grazing privilege system be reformed such that efficient allocation of forage and tenure security could be more nearly achieved (Gardner 1963). Following in this paper is further discussion of my proposal to create perpetual grazing rights, why it is still applicable today, and why I believe that little was done to implement it.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1989-6

Publisher

Rangelands

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Economics

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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