It’s called the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432) introduced by Adam Smith (D-WA-9th) along with six original co-sponsors. The bill would provide a cash buy-out option for federal grazing permit holders who relinquish their grazing permits back to the managing federal agency.
H.R. 3432 would also direct the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management to retire grazing allotments when permit holders wave their permit and make permanent the retirement of grazing use on those public lands on which permits have been waived.
Environmental and animal advocacy groups say that this legislation would open new collaborative fronts in their efforts to restore western watersheds and wildlife.
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