The federal government is reducing charges for federal grazing in 2019 to $1.35 per animal unit-month for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head-month for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service, a decrease from the 2018 federal grazing fee of $1.41 per animal unit month.
The fees are set by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. Each year, the federal lands grazing fee is calculated as part of a standard formula outlined in the grazing regulations. Public Lands Council President Bob Skinner welcomed the change, saying, “Ranchers across the West trust the formula and the process, which ensures fair and equitable access to forage on federal lands.”
The grazing fee applies in 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the Forest Service. The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska.