March 21, 1996(Key vote)
Title: Public Rangelands Management Act of 1996
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that revises policy for allowing livestock to graze on federal land.
Requires a 12 year permit for livestock to graze on federal land.
Determines the grazing fee be calculated on the basis of an average value of beef production over a specified time and over a longer time period, an average rate for US Treasury Securities.
Requires that the land use plan to adhere to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Requires that affected interests to be notified at least 30 days prior to a final decision in the land use plan change and provide opportunity for informal consultation on grazing permits or range improvements.
Removes the National Grasslands from the National Forest System.
Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to manage the National Grasslands and provide opportunities for consultation in developing and implementing land use and conservation programs for the National Grasslands.