Great Old Broads for Wilderness

How can you resist the appeal of a group with a name like that? Well, The Great Old Broads teamed up with four other environmental groups and sued the US Department of Interior for ignoring their 2005 petition to protect public land. Here’s the danger: Did you know that ranchers can graze their cattle on public lands for almost no cost? $1.35 a month each doesn’t even pay to run the program’s administrative costs. This wouldn’t be so objectionable – except that the herds of cattle cause incredible environmental damage: soil compaction, erosion, degrading of watersheds, spread of introduced species. 258 MILLION acres of public land are involved. The lawsuit asks the government to conduct environmental impact studies, charge proper fees to ranchers, and use the funds to repair the damage caused by cattle. Read more of the original article at the Center for Biological Diversity.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Priscilla Rich on July 10, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    I never would have suspected this problem.
    Another issue to take on…


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