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Livestock Grazing in southeast Oregon
Livestock Grazing in southeast Oregon
BLM Offers Livestock Operators Increased Flexibility Through Outcome Based Grazing Authorizations (Photo) - 09/22/17

The Bureau of Land Management announced a new initiative today to provide grazing permit holders an unprecedented level of flexibility in the management of livestock while also protecting the public lands. This effort emphasizes the Trump Administration's goal of promoting shared conservation stewardship of public lands while supporting uses such as grazing.

"Farmers and ranchers know the wildlife and the land they work better than anyone, it only makes sense that we would enlist them in conservation efforts," said Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "One of my top goals is for the government to be a better neighbor, land manager, and partner. I think it's is a great step in that direction. I applaud the team at BLM for coming up with this innovative program."

Under the demonstration program, the BLM will work with grazing permittees and other stakeholders in identifying 6 to 12 "Outcome-Based Grazing Authorizations" in its first year. Grazing authorizations typically emphasize process and prescription. The new authorizations will instead emphasize ecological outcomes, allowing livestock operators more flexibility to make adjustments in response to changing conditions such as drought or wildland fire. This innovative concept is intended to develop and determine the effectiveness of these permits to manage livestock grazing on public lands in order to meet both natural resource and operational objectives.

"This initiative is in line with the Administration's priority promoting shared stewardship of public lands and giving local stakeholders a say in how these lands are managed," said Michael D. Nedd, acting BLM Director. "This demonstration project will allow permittees and the BLM to work together more efficiently and effectively to support sustainable grazing operations."

The new authorizations will emphasize conservation performance, ecological outcomes and cooperative management of public lands that will also provide greater opportunity for an operator to manage ranching operations that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Through this new demonstration program, the BLM plans to work with permit holders and other stakeholders to show that livestock grazing on the public lands can operate under a more flexible framework than is commonly used in order to better reach agreed upon habitat or vegetation goals. The BLM and its partners in the grazing community will share experiences and best practices that will determine if additional authorizations can be successful in the future.

The BLM administers nearly 18,000 permits and leases held by ranchers who graze their livestock (mostly cattle and sheep) on more than 21,000 allotments. Livestock grazing occurs on 155 million acres of public lands.

The BLM will solicit project proposals through its state offices with a deadline of Oct. 27.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Rogue River
Rogue River
National Public Lands Day on the Rogue River (Photo) - 09/21/17

Medford, Ore. -- On September 30, the Bureau of Land Management will host a National Public Lands Day Rogue River clean up! Volunteers are needed from McGregor Park to Nugget Falls on the Rogue River. The event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to register early for water or land clean up crews - boat spaces are limited. Gloves, garbage bags, water, and first aid kits will be provided for all volunteers.

Please note, there are several meeting spots for this clean up. Specific directions will be given when you sign up for a particular spot. Meeting spots include Casey State Park near Lost Creek Lake (on Hwy 62), Dodge Bridge Day use area (off OR-234) TouVelle State Park Day Use Area (Table Rock rd in Central Point), and Gold Hill Sports Park (14745 OR-234, Gold Hill, OR 97525).

Lunch and fun for volunteers will take place after the clean up at TouVelle Park at 1:00 p.m. For more information and to register for specific crews and locations, contact Sam Whitridge at (541) 414-9064 or info@roguepartner.org.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands and brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore America's public lands.

Additional information about this event is available at: http://solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/rogue-river-cleanup-npld.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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