IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 4, 2015
Mr. Hatch (for himself and Mr. Lee) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To improve rangeland conditions and restore grazing levels within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
Improvement of rangeland conditions and restoration of grazing levels, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall implement a management program within areas of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that are administered by the Bureau of Land Management—
to improve rangeland conditions for wildlife and livestock carrying capacity in those areas; and
to restore livestock grazing to the level of usage in those areas that existed as of September 17, 1996.
In issuing or renewing grazing permits and in issuing or modifying allotment management plans for livestock grazing in the areas described in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Interior shall incorporate reasonable standards and guidelines that are consistent with—
Utah Standards for Rangeland Health and Guidelines for Grazing Management for BLM Lands in Utah, approved by the Secretary of the Interior on May 20, 1997; and
the applicable regulations of the Bureau of Land Management contained in subpart 4100 of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to livestock grazing on public land) (or successor regulations).