Land ownership patterns in the West underscore the purpose and vital need for a more coordinated and collaborative federal role in rangeland management. These public lands serve as critical economic drivers, and they provide numerous conservation benefits, wildlife habitat, water supply, and recreational opportunities for Western communities and the nation. States have a particular interest in improving the active management on federal lands. State governments have trust authority over water, and wildlife.. Poorly managed rangelands can have significant and broad impacts on the landscapes and communities, including negative impacts to air quality, economic sustainability, public health, degradation of rivers and streams and associated water quality (including drinking water), reduced forage for domestic livestock, impaired habitats for wildlife and fish, and associated jobs. Access to and the use of rangelands is essential to the future of agriculture in the Western U.S.
- NASDA supports sound rangeland management policies that maintain and promote ecologic, economic and social balance and sustainability.
- NASDA is concerned with the lack of federal funding and resources for federal land management agencies to implement rehabilitation, restoration maintenance projects, processing NEPA, and rangeland monitoring.
- NASDA believes clear, coordinated and consistent application of federal vegetation management practices is integral to maintaining the health of western forests, preventing dangerous and damaging fires and maintaining grid reliability.
- NASDA supports implementation of standard monitoring procedures to evaluate program benefits and ensure that fish and wildlife, soil, water and air goals are met, in conjunction with production agriculture goals.
- NASDA urges federal agencies to work with states and permittees on rangeland management decisions.