Association of National Grasslands, Inc.

CONSERVATORS OF THE “LAND OF MANY USES”

2017

RESOLUTIONS
&
DIRECTIVES

AFS/PRÛ Association, Forest Service & Public Relations Committee
F Û Fees Committee
F/L Û Fees & Legislation Committee (Split Committees 1991; Combined 1997-98)
L Û Legislation Committee
M/B Û Membership & Budget Committee
PP/NW Û Pests, Predators & Noxious Weeds Committee
RIW/R Û Range Improvements, Wildlife & Recreation Committee
RM/GA Û Regulations, Manual & Grazing Agreements Committee

Numbers Following Acronym Designate Year Originated –

Reviewed & Reaffirmed or Rewritten/Revised Noted

BOLD PRINT DESIGNATES NEW RESOLUTIONS/DIRECTIVES CURRENT YEAR 2017
INDEX

ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL GRASSLANDS, INC. – 2017
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I. ASSOCIATION, FOREST SERVICE & PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE:
A. Resolutions
l. Winter Feeding Consideration 1
2. Grasslands Brochure 1
3. Rangeland Stewardship/Management 1
4. Individual Representation 2
5. Industry Support 2
6. Communications Audit Implementation 2
7. Communications & Public Relations 2
B. Directives
B1. Invitation to Congressional Delegates 3
B2. Forest Service Invitation Directive 3
B3. Recommendation/Education: ANG Member Associations 3
B4. Multiple Use Education Directive 3
B5. Improving Relationships 4

II. FEES & LEGISLATION COMMITTEE:
A. Resolutions
l. Base Property Title Transfers 4
2. Real Estate Taxes 4
3. Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act 4
4. Formal Rulemaking 5
5. Private Land Acquisition & FSA Foreclosure Lands 5
6. Wilderness 5
7. Modify Endangered Species Act of 1973 5
8. Operational Definitions 6
9. Resource Natural Areas 6
B. Directives
B1. Directive For Use 6

III. PESTS, PREDATORS & NOXIOUS WEEDS
A. Resolution
1. Pests, Predators & Noxious Weeds 6
2. Prairie Dog Control/Black Footed Ferret Recovery 7
3. Prairie Dog/Contingency Plan 7
4. Introduction of Wolves 7
5. Predator Control 8
6. Wolf Management 8
7. Noxious Weeds 8
8. Invasive Weeds 8
9. Conservation Practice Funds – Prairie Dog Management 8
10. Compensation Resolution 9
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PESTS, PREDATORS & NOXIOUS WEEDS - Continued
B. Directives
B1. Integrated Pest Management Directive 9
B2. Invasive Weeds on Prairie Dog Colonies-Control of Prairie Dogs 9
B3. South Dakota Prairie Dog Conservation and Management Plan 9

V. RANGE IMPROVEMENTS, WILDLIFE & RECREATION COMMITTEE
A. Resolutions
1. Land Trades 10
2. Inyan Kara Land Exchange 10
3. Cooperation and Indemnity 11
4. Public Benefits 11
5. Permittee Input Emphasis 11
6. Legal Trails 12
7. Zero Code Manual Revisions 12
8. Robel Pole Unscientific 12
9. Delisting Western Prairie Fringed Orchid 12
10. Tri-State Wildlife Refuge 12
11. Recreation, Etc. 13
12. RNA & SIA Management 13
13. Continued Testing for Brucellosis 13
14. Winter Feeding on Public Lands 13
15. Managing for Sage Grouse Habitat 13
16. Range Improvements Policy Statement 14
17. Poweshick Skipperling Butterfly and the Dakota Skipper 14
18. Wild Horse and Burro Over-Population on Federal Lands 14

VI. REGULATIONS, MANUAL & GRAZING AGREEMENTS COMMITTEE
A. Resolutions
1. Land Title Trade 15
2. Board of Director Coordination of Direct Permittees 15
3. Federal Reserved Water Rights 15
4. Long Range Monitoring Research 16
5. Well and Pipeline Use Charges 16
6. Grazing Agreements 16
7. Game/Wildlife Refuge 16
8. Leasing and Share Livestock Agreements 17
9. Swing Pastures and Grass Banks 17
10. Coal Bed Methane Waste Waters 17
B. Directives
B1. Captive Cattle Directive 17
B2. Prescribed Burns 18
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1. WINTER FEEDING CONSIDERATION:

WHEREAS, the private land of each Grazing Association/District permittee is the winter feeding
location for most wild game; and,
WHEREAS, the private land operators do provide said protection and feed,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. requests that the
USDA Forest Service and the various State Fish and Game agencies recognize the
contribution of the private land operator by consideration of fire danger condition with
appropriate postponement of hunting in high fire index areas; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. supports state
legislation that provides for the permanent posting of private land, with the option of
private land operator to host hunters at his discretion. AFS/PR-93?
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2. GRASSLANDS BROCHURE:

WHEREAS, we have to tell our story to the public,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc., the Public
Lands Council and the USDA Forest Service develop a colored brochure about the
National Grasslands to be distributed by tourist bureaus, Chambers of Commerce,
and the USDA Forest Service depicting multiple use, including livestock grazing,
and emphasizing the compatibility of livestock and wildlife, also,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that each association tailors and develops their own brochure specific
to their area with US Forest Service participation in funding. PRRC-92
AFS/PR R-94
Revised-04
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3. RANGELAND STEWARDSHIP/MANAGEMENT:
WHEREAS, the Association/District Boards of Directors and members continue to practice good
rangeland stewardship; and,
WHEREAS, these area managers need highly trained “Range Management Specialists” to assist us
in our service as technical servants; and,
WHEREAS, new USDA Forest Service personnel (and sometimes the present) do not recognize the
unique and cost effective management of the “National Grasslands Grazing Association”
and over “2000 families” custodians; and,
WHEREAS, as these total managed acres are approximately 8 million acres (federally owned and
private),
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the USDA Forest Service appoint District Forest Service
personnel with a degree in “Range Management” and become familiar with local forage
production potential before making decisions that might change the successful way of
doing business locally since the enactment of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the USDA Forest Service maintain a range technician on a long
term basis in each Ranger District. AFS/PR R-91
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4. INDIVIDUAL REPRESENTATIONS:

WHEREAS, Land Grant College studies have proven that livestock grazing enhances range
conditions and plant diversity and benefits wildlife,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that each Association/Grazing District appoints a committee to attend
meetings of national organizations and write articles to present our position on the
importance to social and economic well being of the local communities, wildlife habitat,
improvements, and preservation of the National Grasslands. AFS/PR-90
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5. INDUSTRY SUPPORT:

WHEREAS, there are many organizations that have provided a great amount of support to the needs
of the members of the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. ANG urges its members
who are not now members of the beneficial organizations to join and actively support
them.
AFS/PR-93
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6. COMMUNICATIONS AUDIT IMPLEMENTATION:

WHEREAS, the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. actively pursued the
Communications Audit for purposes of research, education, and public relations; and,
WHEREAS, the Communications Audit’s purpose was to see how we are perceived in the public
eye, and how we can influence a positive perception; and,
WHEREAS, the Grasslands need a Data Bank of any pertinent information such as statistical,
historical, rangeland science, etc.; and,
WHEREAS, implementing a communication strategy is essential to reaching objectives and goals
on the National, State and Local levels,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we are asking the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. to
initiate the organization and involvement process by setting up a plan for increasing
positive public awareness, creating a data bank, and implementing a communication
strategy. AFS/PR-95
Revised-15
7. Communications & Public Relations:

WHEREAS, the purpose and objective of ANG may need to be reaffirmed;
WHEREAS, Communications and Public Relations will affect the United States
Government, Forest Service and the Association’s position on issues,
WHEREAS, Lobbying at the national level is an important factor in the preservation of
Associations and the National Grasslands,
WHEREAS, the ANG is a recognized group lobbying solely for the National Grasslands.
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the membership of the ANG should follow the
original purpose and objectives of Article 6 of the ANG By-Laws.
AFS/PR-01
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B1. INVITATION TO CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATES DIRECTIVE:

WHEREAS, the business conducted by the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. is of specific
interest to the Congressional delegates,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. extends a timely
invitation to the Congressional delegates from the states involved in the Association of National
Grasslands, Inc. to the Annual Meetings to promote better understanding of the Association and
Grasslands ranchers. AFS/PR-90
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B2. FOREST SERVICE INVITATION DIRECTIVE:

THE ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL GRASSLANDS, INC. shall invite Forest Supervisors and District
Forest Rangers of USDA Forest Service of National Grasslands, to attend each ANG Annual
Meeting.
AFS/PR-90
Revised-99
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B3. RECOMMENDATION/EDUCATION: ANG MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS:

WHEREAS, publicity to date has been negative towards agricultural use of federal lands; and,
WHEREAS, permittees are stewards of the land, and have demonstrated such by making range
improvements; and,
WHEREAS, permittees are directly involved in multiple use; and,
WHEREAS, permittees understand the great need for education of the public and USDA Forest Service
concerning the use of National Grasslands,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, we advocate development of an educational program with
cooperation from the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. – our side of multiple use.
AFS/PR-90
Revised-98
No Recommendation-99
Revised-04
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B4. MULTIPLE USE EDUCATION DIRECTIVE:

WHEREAS, as hunters and access have always been a problem for permittees; and,
WHEREAS, permittees need hunters to control wildlife numbers; and
WHEREAS, hunters need to understand the problems permittees are having with abuse to their
permit; and
WHEREAS, the general public is not aware that the Association of National Grasslands exists or
what its purpose is; and
WHEREAS, the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. subscribes to the multiple use concept.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. promotes the
distribution of hunting signs for federal lands, guest books with comment sections, and
bumper stickers.
AFS/PR-93
Revised-05
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B5. IMPROVING RELATIONSHIPS:

Everyone is involved with the new Forest Service Grasslands Plans, including but not
limited to the Grazing Boards, permittees and local communities.
The “need” to improve relationships between Forest Service personnel and Grazing
Associations/Districts in communications, permit administrations, and etc. is of utmost
importance to all concerned.
To resolve this “need” we, the Association of National Grasslands, Inc., will coordinate
towards achieving this goal through reasonable efforts.
AFS/PR-99
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l. BASE PROPERTY TITLE TRANSFERS:
WHEREAS, the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act provides for the stabilization of the local economy
provided through the development of private enterprise on National Grasslands,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. strongly opposes
transfer of title of National Grasslands base property to any State or Federal agency.
F/L-89
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2. REAL ESTATE TAXES:
WHEREAS, Real Estate tax evaluations have risen in areas within the National Grasslands thereby
exceeding the market value of such lands and endangering the continued private
ownership of lands needed to qualify for grazing permits on the National Grasslands; and,
WHEREAS, each grazing district/association within the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. is
qualified to protect its membership from unfair land taxes as well as unfair grazing fees
by its organization and eligible for volume rates from attorneys and appraisers,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that each grazing district/association investigate and expose
excessive Real Estate Taxes in their areas, and that the Association of National
Grasslands, Inc. be kept informed of actions taken in order that the Association may
give every possible assistance.
RM/GA-94
Revised-15
3. BANKHEAD-JONES FARM TENANT ACT:

WHEREAS, the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. was formed to represent permittees
grazing rights on National Grasslands; and,
WHEREAS, the grazing on federal lands is an important part of economic stability of those
local communities,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. supports the
original intent of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act and shall vigilantly monitor
USDA Forest Service administration of the Act.
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4. FORMAL RULEMAKING:

WHEREAS, the USDA Forest Service has ignored repeated requests by the Association of National
Grasslands, Inc. to create a Forest Service Range Manual for the National Grasslands,
AND, WHEREAS, the authority of the FLPMA and PRIA do not apply to the National Grasslands,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. (ANG) requests
the Forest Service issue a management handbook identifying all of the differences
of management on the National Grasslands to those used on the National Forest as
a part of updating the regulatory process. L-93
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5. PRIVATE LAND ACQUISITION & FSA FORECLOSURE LANDS:

WHEREAS, land acquired by foreclosure by FSA and through action by the Resolution Trust
Corporation in resolving Savings and Loan bankruptcies have, under present policies,
been offered or requested by Federal or State agencies to be set aside and removed
from productive use for so called “environmental” purposes.
AND, WHEREAS, the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. believes that wildlife populations and
the general public are better served by wildlife habitat remaining in private ownership
and multiple use,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. opposes any
further acquisition of private lands by government agencies unless offset with an equal
number of unencumbered acres of federal land (i.e. No Net Gain). L
Revised-07
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6. WILDERNESS:

WHEREAS, the National Grasslands are not appropriate for wilderness classification by reason of
definition in the 1964 Wilderness Act as well as illegally defeating the purpose and
intent of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act of August, 1937,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. vigorously opposes
wilderness classification on any of the National Grasslands,
AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. opposes National
Park buffer zones in the National Grasslands for the same reasons and considers both
wilderness and buffer zones to be a major infringement on private property rights.
L-93
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7. MODIFY ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT OF 1973:

WHEREAS, the listing or designation of any species, subspecies, or variety of flora or fauna can
impose financial and economic hardship on livestock grazing operations in the vicinity
of the subject flora or fauna; and,
WHEREAS, the financial and economic hardships resulting from listing or designation are not currently
part of the decision making process leading to listing or designation of threatened or
endangered plants or animals,

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NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that due to the adverse financial and economic impacts on
livestock grazing users and local livestock dependent communities resulting from
threatened and endangered species listing or designation, the Endangered Species Act of
1973 be reauthorized with Public Lands Council recommendations.
L
Revised -15
8. OPERATIONAL DEFINTIONS:

WHEREAS, there is no adequate definition of biodiversity or ecosystem management,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. requests Congress
to direct the Council on Agricultural Sciences and Technology (CAST) to develop an
operational definition of biodiversity and ecosystem management that is not injurious to
historical or customary land uses.
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9. RESEARCH NATURAL AREAS:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. opposes RNAs on
the National Grasslands for the following reasons:
1. RNAs are contrary to the purposes of the takings when the lands were acquired.
2. RNAs are incompatible with county authority over section lines and other easements.
3. RNAs are in reality de facto wilderness area designations made without
Congressional approval as required in the 1964 Wilderness Act.
F/L-99
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B1. DIRECTIVE FOR USE:

THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL GRASSLANDS, INC. instructs its officers
and directors, in coordination with Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and
American Sheep Industry Association to make every effort to obtain an equitable, uniform, statutory
fee for all Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Grasslands permittees, but not
conceding Grasslands Regulations, programs or methods of operation.
F-92
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1. PESTS, PREDATORS & NOXIOUS WEEDS:

WHEREAS, Federal lands in the United States are under the stewardship of many different agencies,
and conservation of the productive capacity of these lands is contained in the
stewardship responsibility of these rangelands where pests, predators and noxious weeds
destroy and degrade these lands and are a continuous problem,
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THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. requests that the
United States Congress and the Secretary of Agriculture budget adequate funds to the
administrative agencies and direct these agencies to commit themselves to a long term
effort for the control and eradication, education and identification of all noxious weeds
and the control of all predators on both Federal and private lands, including wildlife refuges,
wilderness areas, and any National Grasslands designated as a non-grazing area.
PP/NW
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2. PRAIRIE DOG CONTROL/BLACK-FOOTED FERRET RECOVERY:

WHEREAS, established prairie dog towns on National Grasslands have the potential for
black footed ferret introduction,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. insists that the
USDA Forest Service, USDI Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies
implement their management plan to control these pests using the NRCS minimum site
similarity index in the interest and preservation of the quality of the soil and range resource
and general wildlife
habitat; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. opposes any
effort to introduce the black-footed ferret into any area on National Grasslands, but
endorses reintroduction in National Parks, and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. opposes the listing
of the black-tailed prairie dog to the Endangered Species List.
PP/NW
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3. PRAIRIE DOG/CONTINGENCY PLAN:

WHEREAS, outbreaks of plague in prairie dog towns have claimed human life,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that all prairie dog management plans or environmental impact
statements include a contingency plan which addresses the hazard to human health
and life when periodic outbreaks of bubonic plague occur, and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. opposes any
restrictions of hunting and/or other control measures of prairie dogs on National Grasslands
and Indian reservations.
PP/NW(R-93)
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4. INTRODUCTION OF WOLVES:

WHEREAS, the wolf with its inherent predatory skills is a threat to wildlife, horses, domestic
livestock and to human life,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. opposes
any further introduction of all species of wolves on Federal Lands.
PP/NW R-97
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5. PREDATOR CONTROL:

WHEREAS, there has been confirmation of large losses of all livestock and wildlife to coyotes (in
instances of 50% or more) on intermingled private and Federal lands, and some groups
have requested that the USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management
stop all predator control on Federal lands,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. supports the
continued practices of predator control on Federal lands and continues to support
efforts in the use of 1080 small drop baits to control predators.
PP/NW
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6. WOLF MANAGEMENT:
WHEREAS, wolves/wolf hybrids leaving National Parks/Monuments boundaries have been
causing problems,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. feels
that wolves or any wolf hybrids be confined to National Parks/Monuments
and should a wolf or wolf hybrid leave National Parks/Monuments boundaries,
they be considered a predator and be dealt with accordingly.

PP/NW-97
Revised-14
7. NOXIOUS WEEDS:
WHEREAS, rough terrain is a problem in effective control of noxious weeds,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands is in favor of
the use of aerial equipment (helicopters & airplanes) for application of controlling noxious
weeds on Forest Service land.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the ANG requests the Chief of the Forest Service to
permit helicopters/airplanes to continue to be used to control noxious weed in rough terrain.
PP/NW-01
Revised-07
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8. INVASIVE WEEDS:
WHEREAS, Salt Cedar, Purple Loosestrife, Hounds tongue, Canada thistle, and leafy spurge
are invading the National Grasslands.
SO BE IT RESOLVED, that the ANG encourage the Forest Service to place emphasis in partnering with
Grazing Associations and County Weed Boards to aggressively treat Salt Cedar, Purple Loosestrife,
Canada thistle, leafy spurge and any other invasive weeds as they are discovered.
PP/NW-02
Revised -05
Retained-07
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9. CP FUNDS USED FOR PRAIRIE DOG MANAGEMENT TOOLS:
WHEREAS, Conservation Practice Funds (CP Funds) are to be used for improvement of the grazing
resource.
WHEREAS, the US Forest Service mismanages prairie dog populations,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc., opposes the use of
CP funds for Prairie Dog Management Tools.
PP/NW-07
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10. COMPENSATION RESOLUTIONS:
WHEREAS, Black-footed Ferrets have been introduced on the National Grasslands, and
WHEREAS, South Dakota Law SDCL 41-11-15 is state law and it states that a funding mechanism
shall be established to compensate landowners suffering lost income, and
WHEREAS, the South Dakota Constitution Article VI Chapter 13 provides that “Private Property
shall not be taken for public use, or damaged, without just compensation”, and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 12630 titled Government Actions and Interference with Civil
Constitutionally Protected Property Rights protect landowners from takings.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. supports funding to
compensate landowners suffering lost income due to prairie dog infestation on grazing
allotments and private lands.
PP/NW-08
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B1. INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT DIRECTIVE:

WHEREAS, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has had experiments which proved promising
for its grasshopper control,
WHEREAS, they are in need of additional funding,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. shows its support
for the IPM Project which will require additional Federal funding of APHIS for a grasshopper
control program.
PP/NW-02
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B2. INVASIVE WEEDS ON PRAIRIE DOG COLONIES – CONTROL OF PRAIRIE DOGS:
WHEREAS, the county weed boards do have jurisdiction, and,
WHEREAS, the county commissioners do have jurisdiction over all the weed boards, and,
WHEREAS, the Black-tailed Prairie Dog has gotten completely out of control on federal, state,
and private lands, and
WHEREAS, we are all good stewards of the land we use, and,
WHEREAS, we need help to control this wide spread epidemic,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we go on record requesting help from all those in control
and that we need help now before this problem gets any more out of control.
PP/NW-05
Revised-06
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B3. SOUTH DAKOTA PRAIRIE DOG CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN:
WHEREAS, SDCL 41-11-15 is our original agreement outlining the conditions that must
be met in order for the Department of Game Fish & Parks and Department of
Agriculture to participate in the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret.

WHEREAS, one of those conditions, “if future increases in prairie dog acres are needed”
has been decided. (Prairie dog acres were increased from 6,000 acres to 30,000 +
acres in the Conata Basin.) Then “a funding mechanism shall be established to provide
financial compensation to landowners suffering lost income.”

WHEREAS, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Game, Fish, and Parks
adopted the South Dakota Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Conservation and Management Plan
in 2005;
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WHEREAS, the Management Plan states on Page 37; “SDGFP will provide no less than
$130,000 annually from the Animal Damage Control Fund to implement control and/or
incentive strategies outlines in Strategies 1.4c and 1.4d”; and

WHEREAS, the Management Plan additionally states on Page 37 that: “SD Department of
Agriculture will provide no less than $150,000 annually from program funds to
implement control and/or incentive strategies outlined in Strategies 1.4c and 1.4d”;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, respectfully
requests that the State of South Dakota honor and adhere to the promises made in the
South Dakota Black-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation and Management Plan. And follow
SDCL 41-11-15 by allowing “landowners suffering lost income” because of increases in
prairie dog acres to be compensated with money allocated in the Prairie Dog
Conservation and Management Plan.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that if the State of South Dakota does not honor and adhere to
the promises made in the South Dakota Black-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation and
Management Plan, the Association of National Grasslands, respectfully requests that
the South Dakota Legislature enact legislation to require the State of South Dakota to
honor and adhere to the promises made in the South Dakota Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Conservation and Management Plan. And adhere to follow SDCL 41-11-15.

PP/NW-12
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1. LAND TRADES:

WHEREAS, land trades are for the benefit of government, permittees and the general public,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the knowledge of the permittee who has direct economic
involvement, should have greater influence on the land traded than that of the special
interest groups that are not affected financially.
RIW/R-89
Revised-99
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2. INYAN KARA ASSEMBLED LAND EXCHANGE:

WHEREAS, the Inyan Kara Assembled Land Exchange, containing approximately 14,500 acres of
National Grasslands and similar acreage of private lands in Weston, Campbell, and Converse Counties
in Wyoming, has been in the process since 2002; and
WHEREAS, the twelve (12) Inyan Kara Grazing Association permittees and four (4) Thunder Basin
Grazing Association permittees involved are in support of this long delayed Exchange and have
invested sizeable monetary contributions to facilitate the process; and
WHEREAS, federal funds for land purchases are available through the Land and Water Conservation
Fund (LWCF), and could be made available for this project,
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NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Association of National Grasslands respectfully requests
that the United States Forest Service make every effort to implement and facilitate the Inyan Kara
Assembled Land Exchange as proposed, and that Congressional Funds be appropriated to speed up
the process.
RIW/R-16
3. COOPERATION AND INDEMNITY:

WHEREAS, agriculture has been through an economic disaster, and we should not be expending
energy fighting ourselves nor our Government; and,
WHEREAS, we should be trying to get our house in order by producing as economically as
possible; and,
WHEREAS, certain people are trying to impose more pests and wildlife on federally owned land
which end up on private land, therefore depleting our productivity; and,
WHEREAS, the government reduces the carrying capacity of the land, to take care of wildlife,
Which reduces the AUMs and affects the permittee doubly,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the government entities responsibly use common sense
and remember the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, which declared the rancher as a
tax payer and producer in mind, first, last and always!
ALSO, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the State Wildlife Management Agencies and the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife pay indemnity for damage incurred by wildlife and pests to private property.
RIW/R-89
Revised-00
Revised – 14

4. PUBLIC BENEFITS:

WHEREAS, the very significant cost in money and time for capital improvements and their
maintenance to the permittees on National Grasslands has resulted in many benefits
to the public in the form of wildlife habitat, water quality, etc.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chief of the Forest Service emphasize these considerations
to the public at large; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the USDA Forest Service take greater monetary responsibility for
installation and maintenance improvements which benefit all multiple users.
RIW/R-90
Revised-00
Retained-14
5. PERMITTEE INPUT EMPHASIS:

WHEREAS, conservation is a worthy objective, that grass is a renewable resource; and,
WHEREAS, the USDA Forest Service was given the responsibility and authority to assist permittees
with economic and resource development; and,
WHEREAS, the Forest Service places equal emphasis on input from groups that have no direct
economic interest in the management of federally owned lands,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Forest Service be requested to place greater emphasis on
comments from permittees who are directly affected rather than from groups receiving
no direct economic impact.
RIW/R-92
Revised-00
Retained-14
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6. LEGAL TRAILS:

WHEREAS, established legal trails on federal land should not be deviated from,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. recommends
using local and state jurisdiction in regulating off main road travel.
RIW/R-91
Retained-14

7. ZERO CODE MANUAL REVISIONS:

WHEREAS, the USDA Forest Service has removed all reference to community stability in the
Zero Code Policy Manual; and,
WHEREAS, all reference to forage production for the benefit of livestock has also been removed
and instead livestock grazing is now referred to as merely a habitat management tool,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. strongly
protests the Forest Service Zero Code Range Manual revisions which diminishes
livestock grazing and violates the mandate in the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act
to promote economic stability for the local communities.

RIW/R
Retained-14

8. ROBEL POLE UNSCIENTIFIC:

WHEREAS, the amount of herbage biomass determination is not consistent with the Robel
Pole measurements,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the use of the Robel Pole should be used with sound
methodology and in conjunction with all other scientific data, site specific for the area.

RIW/R-94
Revised-05
Revised-08
Retained-14
9. DELISTING WESTERN PRAIRIE FRINGED ORCHID:

WHEREAS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife has listed western prairie fringed orchid as endangered, without
scientific basis; by their latest estimate there are populations that meet or exceed the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife stated delisting level, with only portions of the habitat having been counted,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. requests
that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife delist the western prairie fringed orchid from Threatened Species
List and the management adjusted to reflect sound prairie multi-species management
practices.
RIW/R-95
Revised-99
Revised –01
Revised-15
10. TRI-STATE WILDLIFE REFUGE
WHEREAS, The National Geographic Magazine in the May

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2001 issue suggests that a million-acre Wildlife Refuge be made from lands in Western
Nebraska, Eastern Wyoming, and Western South Dakota.
WHEREAS, the land is Federal and Private co-mingled ownership and taxes provide the
major portion of educational funding and aid in community viability,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, we oppose any new land acquisition for wildlife refuges and
removal from the tax roles and retain the multiple use as present.
RIW/R-01
Retained-14
11. RECREATION, ETC.:
WHEREAS, the Mah-Dah-Hey Trail and the North Country Trails were designed without local permittee
or Grazing Association input and that livestock management and grazing management are
being severely impacted.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That Grazing Associations and affected permittees be consulted prior to
the establishment of recreational facilities.
RIW/R – 01
Retained-14

12. RNA & SIA MANAGEMENT:
WHEREAS, current RNA and SIA Management is being severely impacted according to past
management practices,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that RNA and SIA’s will continue to be managed consistent with sound
historical grassland management; and,
WHEREAS, in the creation of RNA’s and SIA’s has at times closed historical access to private land.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVES, that historical trails remain open as existing access trails.

RIW/R -03
Retained –14

13. The Association of National Grasslands, Inc. supports the continued testing for brucellosis
on elk and bison.
RIW/R-06
Retained-14

14. The Association of National Grasslands, Inc. supports winter feeding of elk on public lands.
RIW/R-06
Retained-14

15. MANAGING FOR SAGE GROUSE HABITAT:
WHEREAS, in the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Greater Sage Grouse Land Use
Plan Amendment, Thunder Basin National Grasslands has been classified in the “mesic”
climate zone, which is defined as a 12 to 14 inch precipitation zone;
WHEREAS, the southern portion of Thunder Basin National Grasslands falls in the “semi-arid”
climate zone where average annual rainfall is 9 to 12 inches, and
WHEREAS, minimum grass stubble height in the Final EIS Table 2-6 is 7 inches, which is not
attainable most years in the southern portion of Thunder Basin National Grasslands (only in
two of the last ten years, when rainfall was above average), and
WHEREAS, the United States Forest Service states that minimum stubble height must be attained
before turning out livestock, and
WHEREAS, most of the pastures in Thunder Basin National Grasslands contain both US Forest
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Service managed land and privately owned and/or leased lands; therefore most ranchers
will not be able to turn livestock out in those pastures, thus causing a severe artificial
shortage of forage.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Association of National Grasslands strongly urges that this
serious error in climate classification be corrected in the Record of Decision (ROD) and, if
not corrected in the ROD, correction is to be done administratively within 30 days of the ROD.
RIW/R – 15

16. RANGE IMPROVEMENTS POLICY STATEMENT:
WHEREAS, conservation is different in everyone’s eyes, but this year proves that rain
drops or Mother Nature, are the best help to the conservation effort,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that man does what he can, but Mother Nature influences the
production of grass more than man made improvements.
RIW/R-91
Retained-14

17. MANAGING FOR THE POWESHICK SKIPPERLING BUTTERFLY AND THE DAKOTA SKIPPER:
WHEREAS, The US Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the Poweshick Skipperling Butterfly and
the Dakota Skipper as endangered species; and
WHEREAS, the US Forest Service is considering reductions of Association of National Grasslands,
Inc. (ANG) members sums absent a critical habitat designation,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that ANG respectfully requests that the Secretary make
the determinations required by the ESA “solely on the basis of the best scientific and
commercial data available.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the ANG respectfully requests that the Secretary shall cooperate
to the maximum extent practical with the affected states and counties.
RIW/R - 15

18. WILD HORSE AND BURRO OVER-POPULATION ON FEDERAL LANDS:
WHEREAS, there is a continuing need for BLM to reach Appropriate Management Levels of wild
horses and burros,
WHEREAS, significant ecological resource damage is being done on sensitive sites across the
western United States,
WHEREAS, current populations of wild horses and burros will double every 4 to 5 years if left
unchecked,
WHEREAS, off range populations have reached numbers that are now over 75% of the BLM annual
budget that is needed to just maintain these populations,
WHEREAS, on range populations are experiencing die offs and are having a negative impact on
other land users including wildlife and endangered species,
WHEREAS, current adoption rates do not keep up with removal demands,
WHEREAS, the use of long term/permanent fertility control will be needed once AML is reached in
many areas to curb future population growths,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the ANG supports PLC on swift and prudent removal of excess wild
horses on western rangelands,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ANG supports reducing off range populations through using all
tools given the program in the 1971 Wild and Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act,

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ANG supports the use of current and future technologies to curb
population growth including permanent sterilization of animals to be released back into Herd
Management Areas,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ANG supports protecting our nation’s sensitive exological sites in
the west and the native species that rely upon them.
RIW/R-17

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1. LAND TITLE TRADE:

WHEREAS, in the interest of good grazing land management, there are cases where trades
would support the purpose of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the land title trades program be given high priority by
the USDA Forest Service and encourages the Forest Service to supply funds for their
necessary surveys (archeological, paleontological, & biological) for land title trades
in the National Grasslands,
ALSO, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Forest Service reinstate exchange of use
agreements until land title exchanges are completed.
RM/GA
Retained-14

2. BOARD OF DIRECTOR COORDINATION OF DIRECT PERMITTEES:

WHEREAS, the USDA Forest Service Forest or Grasslands Supervisors have stated that the new
Grazing Agreements will allow individuals of the Association to become Direct
Permittees,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. does not support any
instance in which Grazing Association members become direct permittees of the US
Forest Service.
RM/GA-90

Retained-14

3. FEDERAL RESERVED WATER RIGHTS:

WHEREAS, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council support the
Federal reserved Water Language which reads: “No provisions of this Act or any
other Act of Congress designating areas as part of the National Wilderness
Preservation System or Wild, Scenic, Recreation River Designation, nor any guidelines,
rules or regulations issued there under, shall constitute the establishment of an express or
implied right to the acquisition, use or flow of water to the Federal Government because of
the designation except in full compliance with States’ water laws.”
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. supports the
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position of the above organizations. RM/GA
Revised-01
Retained-14

4. LONG RANGE MONITORING RESEARCH:

WHEREAS, provisions of Forest or Grasslands Management Plans contain inadequate and incorrect
data which often results in decisions detrimental to the livestock operators on the
National Grasslands,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that under the provisions of the Demonstrational Pilot Project, and
The Public Lands Council Memorandum of Understanding, the US Forest Service and
Grazing Associations will cooperatively set up a monitoring system, using peer-reviewed
Statistically and scientifically defendable data.
RM/GA-90
Revised-00, 01 & 02
Retained -05
Revised-07
Retained-14
5. WELL AND PIPELINE USE CHARGES:

WHEREAS, there is presently no use fee paid to private landowners by the USDA Forest
Service on wells and pipelines located on private land providing water to
National Grasslands pastures,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that no special use charges shall be made and access shall be
granted by the Forest Service where pipelines are extended from Forest Service
lands to private lands if the water originated on private land.
RM/GA-89
Retained-14

6. GRAZING AGREEMENTS:

WHEREAS, the USDA Forest Service does not recognize Grazing Agreements as contracts,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the renewable Grazing Agreements between the Forest
Service and Grazing Associations and Districts shall have the enforceability of a
legal contract ; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the final decision making, authority and responsibility shall
not be vested solely in the Forest Service, but interpretation shall be by
consultation, coordination and cooperation or through mediation with the Association
and/or District.
RM/GA-95
Retained-07

Retained-14

7. GAME/WILDLIFE REFUGE:
WHEREAS, the USDA Forest Service has established new or existing Wildlife refuges and/or wildlife
management areas,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. recommends
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the return of all of the areas to normal rotation cattle grazing.
RM/GA-95
Rewritten-99
Revised –01
Revised-04
Retained-14

8. LEASING AND SHARE LIVESTOCK AGREEMENTS:
WHEREAS, the US Forest Service has stated they want to eliminate leasing and share livestock
agreements,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the US Forest Service should not be able to eliminate the ability
of the permit holders to lease out their base property and allow the lessee to still retain the
use of the permit numbers.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that share livestock agreements be retained to keep the permit active and
to allow young people to begin in the business and grow.
RM/GA-03
Retained -14

9. SWING PASTURES AND GRASS BANKS:
WHEREAS, the US Forest Service is proposing swing pastures and grass banks to alleviate problems.
THEREFORE, the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. does not support this use because it
eliminates permanent AUM numbers.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands, Inc. supports the grazing
association’s/district’s authority to reallocate AUMs.

RM/GA – 03
Revised-15
10. Coalbed Methane Waste Waters:
WHEREAS, the Cheyenne River Basin is an integral part of the Thunder Basin
National Grasslands and the Cheyenne River and its tributaries are ephemeral
(intermittent) in nature in this area,
WHEREAS, there are a growing number of permit applications being submitted to the
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to discharge coal bed methane
waste waters into the Cheyenne River Basin with the potential to make the
Cheyenne River a perennial stream of toxic water,
WHEREAS, the CBM waste waters vary in quality and contain many, many toxic
elements that are detrimental to humans, livestock, wildlife and vegetation,
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of National Grasslands opposes the release of
any CBM waste waters into any drainages and that all CBM waste waters be
re-injected by shallow or deep well injection.

RM/GA-04
Retained-14

B1. CAPTIVE CATTLE DIRECTIVE:
THE ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL GRASSLANDS, INC. SUPPORTS the captive cattle directive:
“RESOLVED, that the National Association of State Department of Agriculture urges the Justice
Department, the Federal Trade Commission, or an independently appointed council to conduct
an in-depth investigation of the livestock industry in the United States to ensure that agriculture
producers are free of unfair or monopolistic practices. The investigation must look at all
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separate aspects of the market simultaneously in order to get a true picture of the transactions
regarding the livestock and meat industry. The livestock industry is of utmost importance to
agriculture. Primary emphasis should be placed on the Current Farm Bill to identify and resolve
problems facing the livestock producers and businesses that depend on the well being of the
producer. The financial and physical well being of the United States is at stake.”
RM/GA-95
Revised-01
Retained-14

B2. PRESCRIBED BURNS:
The Association of National Grasslands asks the Chief of the Forest Service to put a
moratorium on prescribed burns west of the 100 meridian, unless the association or district,
local fire chief, the adjoining landowners, and the Forest Service agree collaboratively to the
prescribed burn.
RM/GA - 14