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A Little Known Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Policy Allows Public Land Ranchers to Use Federal Grazing Permits as Collateral W

WildEarth Guardians claims the lienholder policy has made banks a silent player in the subsidized destruction of western public lands, and is calling on the BLM to cancel the policy

WildEarth Guardians contends that the lienholder policy promotes further commercialization of public lands. The entire purpose of the lienholder agreement policy, WildEarth Guardians argues, is to provide financial security for banks and ranchers - a security that is based on ignoring the environmental impacts of continuing to permit too many cattle on the land.

Read the Opinion (PDF) CIV-02-1003 JB/WDS


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