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Letter to the Editor - Be careful what you wish for on public lands


September 12, 2018


Be careful what you ask for: The stated agenda of Montana Republicans is to transfer federal lands to the state of Montana. (Individual GOP candidates may now deny this but it is in writing). A lot of people are concerned about this, not just hikers and birdwatchers. No one should be more concerned than those who have federal grazing permits.

The federal — BLM and U.S. Forest Service — grazing fee for 2018 is $1.41 per animal unit month. The state of Montana Grazing Fee for 2018 is $11.03 per AUM.

In the recent past the Montana state grazing fee has been as much as 10 times t...

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