Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Bureau of Land Management is unleveling the playing field again. They are raising fees for citizens visiting some of our great landscapes and monuments while still charging less than ten years ago to the livestock industry for their grazing rights on publicly owned land. I don't have a problem with them raising fees for visitation if it is put back into protecting these places, but how is it they look the other way on the continued abuses of our watersheds and deserts by the ranching industry. Many ranchers are very responsible, but when the bad ones act up nothing happens for years. It drives me crazy. And the subsidies generated by outrageously generous grazing fees is ridiculous. The GAO in 2009 reported that Feds spend $144 million a year managing that live stock grazing. The fees that are charged are only around $21 million.
I see the Governor has sat down to chat with the catholic bishops and clergy. I wonder if she would do that with a group of muslims, hare krishnas or atheists.