The Ely District administers 234 of the 240 livestock grazing allotments located within district lines. Other BLM districts in Nevada administer five allotments, and the BLM St. George Field Office, in St. George, Utah, administers one allotment. Today, 139 livestock permittees hold term permits authorizing grazing on public lands administered by the Ely District. Ten of the permittees are sheep operators and 129 are cattle operators.
The goal of the Ely District’s rangeland management program is to create sustainable, working landscapes that are economically sound and ecologically healthy.
Range staff is responsible for issuing grazing permits, billing for grazing use on public lands, assessing and mitigating the impacts of livestock grazing on land health, overseeing the installation and maintenance of range improvements and monitoring livestock use to insure compliance with grazing rules and regulations. Range is part of the renewable resources staff which includes other program areas such as wild horses and burros, wildlife, riparian and noxious weeds. The range program also provides support to other programs in the office, such as nonrenewable resources and fire.
For additional information about the grazing program, including allotment information, authorized use by allotment, and permit-schedule and operator information, go to the BLM Rangeland Administration System (RAS) at www.blm.gov/ras and, in the left column, click ‘Run Reports.’
Additional information is also available on the BLM Nevada State Office website at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/grazing.html.