This bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to enter into 20-year cooperative agreements allowing states to manage grazing allotments on eligible federal land.
These agreements would be considered if a state’s governor asks for them. Lands that would be considered eligible under this bill include public lands covered by a grazing permits or leases issued by the BLM. However, areas of environmental concern and portions of the National Wilderness Preservation System would be excluded.
States would be prohibited from managing more than two allotments of public lands unless the BLM waives that limitation during the 20-year term of the program. Cooperative agreements between the BLM and states would assign the BLM’s responsibilities over grazing allotments (managed under the National Environmental Policy Act) to the states.
Any cooperative agreement would require states to develop a process to resolve disputes relating to a how states choose to manage allotments.