You can help reform Public Land Grazing

You can help us reform how public land grazing is managed. If you are willing to walk off trail in wilderness, are a botanist, hydrologist or wildlife biologist, you are among those whose volunteer contributions are most needed.

What to do when you see grazing-caused damage to your favorite Public Lands

If you see grazing caused damage while enjoying our public lands, especially water quality degradation, we encourage you to let Forest Service and BLM managers and water quality regulators know.

Learn about Forest Service and federal grazing management changes we advocate.

Find our recommendations in Allotment Monitoring Reports and within emails and letters directly to Forest Service grazing managers, Water Board and National Fisheries Service regulators. For the top down reforms we advocate click on the “Policy Document” link below.

Why National Forest Grazing Management must change

Long term monitoring on national forest meadows across California confirms the damage that results when livestock grazing is poorly managed. Learn about the modern best management practices needed to limit impacts to riparian areas, wetlands and native bunchgrasses.

Connect with our sponsors and partners in grazing

The Grazing Reform Project is sponsored by the Klamath Forest Alliance, Environmental Protection Information Center and Wilderness Watch; Klamath Forest Alliance is our fiscal agent. We partner with several networks and organizations working for public land grazing reform. You can see a list of partners and links to their websites at the link below.

Since its inception in 2009, The Project to Reform Public Land grazing in Northern California has utilized volunteers and interns to monitor grazing on-the-ground within Northern California wilderness and other public lands. All on-the-ground monitoring, including monitoring conducted by Project staff, is 100% volunteer. If you can carry a pack and hike off-trail, you can monitor how grazing is managed on Northern California's public lands. And, with a little bit of training and support, you can monitor and document the negative results of poorly managed public land grazing on your own or with friends. Learn more about how you can get involved at this link.

You can help reform the manner in which livestock grazing is managed on our public lands. The "Get Involved" link above links to a page presenting several ways you can get involved as a volunteer or monitoring public land grazing on your own or with friends. There is also a link by which you can also help with a donation in support of the Project's work. This link will take you to the donation page for the Environmental Protection Information Center; EPIC is one of three organizations sponsoring the Project. Please be sure to note that your donation is for the Grazing Reform Project. We will use all donations to advance our #1 objective: Assuring that public land grazing in Northern California is either managed properly and responsibly or ended.

Black Meadows Fragmented Willow Stands

Black Meadows Fragmented Willow Stands

When livestock are not herded regularly the result is water quality degradation, habitat fragmentation and, in extreme cases like this, loss of wetlands.

Another trashed spring

Another Trashed Spring

The cold, clear water emerging from wilderness springs should provide a refreshing respite for national forest visitors and habitat for salmon and trout downstream. Within public land grazing allotments, however, headwater springs are often trampled and fouled by livestock waste.

Degraded Willow Wetland Big Meadows

Degraded Willow Wetland in Big Meadows

Cattle push into dense willow wetlands destroying bird habitat. Years of trampling damages wetland functions, diminishing summer streamflow.

Cattle Manure in Taylor Lake

Cattle Manure in Taylor Lake

When owners and Forest Service managers allow livestock to graze at popular recreation sites recreation use plummets. Who wants to swim in a lake polluted with cattle feces?

Degraded Riparian Stones Valley

Degraded Riparian Area in Stones Valley

Poorly managed livestock trample streambanks and damage streamside vegetation. On the Klamath National Forest the result is poor quality water which flows downstream contributing to salmon disease epidemics in the Klamath River.



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