U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Grazing Permit Renewals|
Section 603 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976 directed the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a wilderness review of BLM lands. Through the review process, certain public lands were designated as Wilderness Study Areas (WSA). BLM is required to manage these areas to maintain their suitability for preservation as wilderness until Congress designates them as wilderness or releases them for other uses. Grazing inside WSAs that existed when FLPMA was enacted are "grandfathered in" and can continue as long as the use does not degrade the wilderness values in a manner that constrains the area's suitability for preservation as wilderness.
There are 13 grazing permit renewals under consideration for fiscal year 2009 that partially fall within the Beaver Creek, McIntyre Hills, and Upper and Lower Grape Creek WSAs. Click here for a listing of grazing permit renewals by WSA.
Key focus points for these permit renewals include: