01 Dec '11, 7pm

Green Blog: The Impact of Grazing? Don't Ask.

Library of Congress Hereford cattle grazing near Sheridan, Wyo., 70 years ago. A new complaint charges that Interior Department officials maneuvered to ensure that scientists could not properly weigh grazing impacts when studying sources of change in ecosystems in the West. Millions of cattle graze on public lands all over the West and have done so for more than a century. But a new complaint filed by an environmental group charges that despite Clinton-era moves to examine and diminish the impact of grazing in the arid West, Interior Department employees have blocked the use of federal data on the impact in regional scientific studies. The actions by mid-level Interior employees “seriously compromise” the scientific integrity of efforts to figure out how and why western ecosystems are changing, said the complaint, filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ...

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