The sole direction in the Wilderness Act of 1964 concerning commercial livestock grazing in wilderness is forty words long: “Within wilderness areas in the national forests designated by this Act...the grazing of livestock, where established prior to September 3, 1964, shall be permitted to continue subject to such reasonable regulations as are deemed necessary by the Secretary of Agriculture.” We discuss just what these words mean in the context of the law and the subsequent so-called Congressional Grazing Guidelines, and examine recent agency misinterpretations of this direction.
Peter A. Appel & Christopher Barns,
Grazing in the National Wilderness Preservation System,
Idaho L. Rev.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.uidaho.edu/idaho-law-review/vol53/iss2/6