PUBLIC LANDS AND FORESTS
TAX DOLLARS

  • We have 260 million acres of Public land in the western states which our government leases for livestock grazing.
     

  • Grazing fees are currently at $1.36 per head of cattle.
     

  • E.P.A. rates the condition of the land as severely eroded because of the grazing.
     

  • $30 million is spent annually for predator control, i.e., killing mountain lions, coyotes, wolves, birds of prey, etc., to protect cattle which yield only 3% of the meat consumed in the U.S.
     

  • Only 2.5% of old growth forests remain in our country, yet the U.S. Forest Service spends nearly $2 billion a year building logging roads.
     

  • The primary method of harvesting trees on Public lands is clear-cutting.
     

  • We lose $400 million annually selling timber BELOW COST.
     

  • Public Land is sold to mining companies for $5.00 per acre.

 

THE FREE MARKET

  • Grazing fees are at $8 - $15 per head of cattle on private land.
     

  • Anderson-Tully, a highly successful timber company, uses selective harvesting methods, cataloging all trees on their property and deciding when to cut each tree, insuring the survival and profitability of their business.
     

  • Mining companies leasing private lands pay an average of $25
    per acre, while contractual remediation standards are much
    more stringent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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