Senator John Barrasso has joined with a host of other senators representing western states to seek an extension to grazing permits on federal lands. Barrasso yesterday praised the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s passage of the Grazing Improvement Act which will streamline the permitting process for grazing on lands controlled by the forest service and other federal agencies. Barrasso explains, “without this legislation, ranching families and federal agencies are going to continue to be at the mercy of year-to-year appropriations bills, and that needs to stop.” Barrasso says the legislation will get those ranching families and whole rural communities and the jobs that are supported that certainty and the stability they deserve. He adds that by keeping ranchers on the landscape, wildlife open spaces in our western culture are going to continue to be protected. Under current law, Barrasso says livestock grazing permits are valid for 10 years. After 10 years, new environmental analysis is required before a permit can be renewed. However, he says agencies cannot complete the required environmental analysis due to the backlog of lawsuits filed by extreme environmentalists intended to delay the permitting process.