Economic Research Institute Study paper
Utah State University
America's publicly owned rangelands have been and will continue to be a major focal point of interest of members of the society. Recently, these lands have also become of interest to user groups which differ from the major traditional use of these lands--domestic livestock. The NRDC suit which spawned the environmental impact statements being written by BLM per- sonnel, the Resources Planning Act, and the Organic Act have focused attention on these lands to a greater degree that has not existed for some time. Much of the interest in these lands has questioned the role and impact of livestock grazing on site productivity and other's uses. Many ranchers have also come to question their status as users of America's federally administered rangelands. Let us review for a moment some of the historic adjustments that have occurred which are probably familiar to most ofyou.
Godfrey, E. Bruce, "Public Land Grazing: Going, Going, Gone?" (1978). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 362.