14-02: Oppose Continuous Grazing on Federal Lands

WHEREAS, MCA 76-15-102, which is the Montana Association of Conservation Districts Declaration of policy, states It is hereby declared to be the policy of the legislature to provide for the conservation of soil and soil resources of this state, for the control and prevention of soil erosion, for the prevention of floodwater and sediment damages, and for furthering the conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water and thereby to preserve natural resources, control floods, prevent impairment of dams and reservoirs, preserve wildlife, protect the tax base, protect public lands, and protect and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the people of this state.”

WHEREAS, grazing permits on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands are typically seasonal to protect the native range ecosystem, native range species, riparian areas, water quality, wildlife habitat, and overall range health.

WHEREAS, continuous year-round grazing of one allotment pasture by grazing animals, will not afford range plants a rest period necessary for recovery,

WHEREAS, continuous year-round grazing lacks the necessary management of lands to protect the natural resources,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Montana Association of Conservation Districts is to contact the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, to oppose continuous year- round grazing permits on native range lands in Montana.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that continuous year-round grazing should not occur on BLM lands with the exception of smaller unfenced parcels that are managed accordingly by the permit holder.