Standards and Guidelines
BLM grazing regulations were revised in 1995 to ensure that livestock grazing is conducted in a manner that will sustain or improve the ecological health of public rangelands. Under the revised regulations, each BLM state office worked with its citizen Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) to develop state and area specific Standards for Rangeland Health and Guidelines for Managing Livestock Grazing. The Ely District uses:
The Ely District assesses grazing allotments to determine if Standards for Rangeland Health are being achieved. If an assessment determines that an area is not meeting the Standards, the office prepares an analysis that identifies opportunities and methods to adjust grazing management, and initiates the changes needed to make significant progress in improving rangeland health. Permittees have the opportunity to be actively involved in the rangeland management process, through cooperative monitoring and proactive grazing use.
The intended outcome of the Standards and Guidelines is a balance of sustainable development and multiple-use while progressing toward attainment of desired rangeland conditions. Guidelines are based on science, best rangeland management practices, and public input.