Recent research conducted by the University of California-Davis, funded by the USDA Forest Service, shows livestock grazing, public recreation and the provisioning of clean water can be compatible goals.
The study says roughly 1.8 million livestock graze on national forest lands in the western U.S. each year. There are 500 active grazing allotments that support 97,000 livestock across 8 million acres, on 17 national forests in California alone.
Principal Investigator Kenneth Tate says it’s often said that livestock production isn’t compatible with environmental goals, but the study helps show that’s not completely the case. He says there’s no real evidence hot spots of human health risk are being created with livestock grazing in these areas.