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Utah Grazing Improvement Program

We seek to improve the productivity, health, and sustainability of our rangelands and watersheds. We believe that well planned and managed livestock grazing is the most important landscape-scale tool for maintaining healthy rangelands, watersheds, and wildlife habitats. Healthy rangelands contribute to a healthy livestock industry and productive rural economies. Our goals are to strengthen Utah’s livestock industry, improve rural economies, and to enhance the environment.

Strengthen Utah’s Livestock Industry

  • Improve the sustainability of livestock grazing through science-based management principles. UGIP Technical Committee Report
  • Work cooperatively with federal agencies and partners to promote efficient multiple-use management of public lands. Sustainable Grazing for Southern Utah Forests
  • Work with federal agencies and Congress to implement policies and procedures that allow maximum flexibility when addressing grazing and environmental issues.
  • Curtail the decline of public lands grazing opportunity by using sustainable management practices. History of AUM reductions

Improve Rural Economies

Enhance the Environment

Additional Information About GIP

Information for Ranchers Interested in the GIP Program

Livestock Grazing Helps Control Wildfires

This picture shows the positive affects livestock grazing has on slowing or stopping the spread of fire. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land to the left of the barbed wire fence was rarely grazed. The privately owned land to the right was regularly grazed. The fire stopped at the fenceline because the fine grassy fuels were removed by the livestock, preventing the fire from spreading to the sagebrush.

This area is located near Minersville in Beaver County. It was part of the Baboon Fire which was included in the 400,000 acres burned in Utah in 2012.

See how livestock grazing contributes to Utah’s Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy.