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Socioeconomic Impacts from Grazing

Approximately $806 million in economic output can be attributed to forage from BLM-administered lands used for livestock grazing.  Overall, BLM-administered lands provided $1.5 billion in grazing-related benefits and supported more than 17,400 jobs in Fiscal Year 2012.  This table provides employment and economic output in each state.  Economic output data are in millions of dollars.


SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACTS
Energy
Recreation
Timber
Grazing


State

Employment

Output ($million)

 

Direct

Total

Direct

Total

Alaska

Arizona

879

879

25.3

51.5

California

243

576

29.2

75.1

Colorado

476

858

47.8

97.8

Eastern States

Idaho

1,911

 2,995

 153.8

287.6

Kansas

 —

 —

 —

Montana

 1,408

 2,206

 100.0

 187.4

Nebraska

 1

 1

 <0.1

 0.1

Nevada

 1,005

 1,431

 90.3

 143.0

New Mexico

 1,967

 2,617

 104.0

 180.5

North Dakota

 10

 15

 0.9

 1.5

Oklahoma

 —

 <0.1

 <0.1

Oregon

 1,440

 2,183

 71.0

 145.0

South Dakota

 139

187

 8.0

 13.8

Texas

 —

 —

 —

Utah

 1,312

1,723

 61.3

 112.0

Washington

 80

125

 3.3

 8.8

Wyoming

1,078

1,607

 110.6

 176.5

Sum of States

11,949

17,403

805.7

1,480.7

National1

 11,949

 17,403

805.7

1,480.7

1National grazing impacts cannot be calculated due to technical limitations.  Statewide totals are substituted.

About These Numbers

Data in the "Direct" column are an estimate of the BLM's economic contribution to local economies in terms of employment and output directly associated with BLM-managed lands and resources.  These impacts might be associated with river guides and other recreation outfitters, for example.  Data in the "Total" column for each category of BLM activity demonstrate the agency's impacts, including indirect and induced impacts associated with, for instance, companies that manufacture outdoor gear and local service businesses in gateway communities.

National numbers may be larger than the sum of individual state numbers because the national number accounts for activity across state lines.  For example, machinery production in California might be used to support mining activity in Wyoming.  Employment benefits reflect an annual average for full- and part-time private sector jobs.  Table totals may not add exactly, because of rounding.  The data are preliminary and are subject to change based on further review.

Available for Download

Thumbnail of BLM factsheet coverA PDF version of data from BLM's current “A Sound Investment for America,” is available for download by clicking this link