Socioeconomic Impacts from Grazing

Approximately $752 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 16,000 jobs in Fiscal Year 2014.  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

0.0

Arizona

724

976

28.9

58.6

California

175

420

22.2

56.9

Colorado

394

712

40.7

83.1

Eastern States

0

0

0.0

0.0

Idaho

1,782

 2,792

 146.9

274.6

Kansas

 0

 0

 0.0

0.0

Montana

 1,398

 2,190

 102.0

 190.6

Nebraska

 1

 1

 0.07

 0.1

Nevada

 870

 1,241

 80.4

 127.5

New Mexico

 1,628

 2,165

 87.8

 152.4

North Dakota

 9

 13

 0.8

 1.3

Oklahoma

 0

0

 0.01

 0.02

Oregon

 1,398

 2,118

70.6

 144.2

South Dakota

 133

179

8.0

 13.7

Texas

 0

0

 0.0

 0.0

Utah

 1,244

1,631

 58.9

 107.8

Washington

 72

113

 3.0

 8.1

Wyoming

978

1,457

 102.5

 163.7

Sum of States

10,806

16,008

752.7

1,382.5

National1

10,806

 16,008

752.7

1,382.5

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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