Rangeland Management:

Profile of the Forest Service's Grazing Allotments and Permittees

RCED-93-141FS: Published: Apr 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on livestock grazing on Forest Service rangelands, focusing on the: (1) number, average acreage, and average stocking rate the Forest Service allows on its rangeland allotments; and (2) total and average number of animal/months public rangelands were controlled by permittees.

GAO found that: (1) the Forest Service administers 8,455 allotments totalling 89.6 million acres; (2) the average acre allotment varies, the 500 largest allotments total 32 percent of the total acreage, the 500 smallest allotments total .05 percent of the total acreage, and an average of 9.7 acres is needed to provide 1 animal/month; (3) the total number of animal/months controlled under 8,206 grazing permits is 9.2 million; (4) the average number of animal/months controlled by permittees is 1,127; and (5) the 500 largest permittees control nearly 48 percent of the total animal/months, and the 500 smallest permittees control .09 percent of the total number of animal/months.

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