What do you view as a healthy face of America's public lands?
A number of bills are currently moving through Congress that hold very real threats to America's public lands and the wildlife that live there. Domestic cattle that graze on our public lands are causing serious harm to sensitive ecosystems, and threaten wildlife and their habitat - directly and indirectly - as well as water quality. Public lands cattle grazing is one of the most destructive and heavily subsidized industries in the U.S., with taxpayers footing the bill for cattle producers to cover the land with barbed wire fences so they can infest fragile ecosystems with invasive cows that run amok, eating and trampling everything in sight. Countless wildlife species - including those protected under the Endangered Species Act - are shot, poisoned, trapped, hazed, or otherwise killed and abused to sterilize our public lands to appease cattle producers, all at U.S. taxpayer expense. The greatest cost is the harm to the land and her animals.
Specifically important for wild buffalo right now is removing domestic cattle from grazing our public lands around Yellowstone, such as Gallatin National Forest. Removal of grazing permits around Yellowstone are critical steps that are hugely important for wild buffalo. It is these newly cattle-free public lands - like Horse Butte and Duck Creek - that are now helping wild buffalo re-gain some ground during portions of the year. Removing more cattle from our public lands will be a future boon to wild buffalo and their habitat in the Greater Yellowstone Area.
TAKE ACTION! Using the sample letter below, in your own words, please ask your U.S. House Representatives to vote against any legislation that loosens regulations on public lands cattle grazing, weakens the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), and restricts public involvement in the grazing permit renewal process.