Socioeconomic Impacts from Grazing

Approximately $777 million in economic output can be attributed to forage from BLM-administered lands used for livestock grazing.  Overall, BLM-administered lands provided $1.4 billion in grazing-related benefits and supported more than 16,600 jobs in Fiscal Year 2013.  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

0.0

0.0

Arizona

665

897

26.1

53.0

California

196

472

24.7

63.2

Colorado

417

750

42.2

86.2

Eastern States

0.0

0.0

Idaho

1,837

 2,886

 150.1

280.7

Kansas

 —

 —

 0.0

0.0

Montana

 1,426

 2,234

 102.3

 191.2

Nebraska

 1

 2

 0.1

 0.1

Nevada

 937

 1,337

 85.2

 135.0

New Mexico

 1,863

 2,479

 99.3

 172.2

North Dakota

 9

 13

 0.8

 1.2

Oklahoma

 —

 0.0

 0.0

Oregon

 1,400

 2,121

 69.6

 142.1

South Dakota

 131

175

 7.5

 12.9

Texas

 —

 0.0

 0.0

Utah

 1,244

1,632

 58.1

 106.2

Washington

 82

127

 3.4

 9.0

Wyoming

1,054

1,570

 108.6

 173.4

Sum of States

11,261

16,694

777.9

1,426.7

National1

 11,261

 16,694

777.9

1,426.7

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

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