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Bishop, Curtis bill sells out future of San Juan County to enviro special interests

January 12, 2018 0

Representative John Curtis sponsored HB 4532 titled “A bill to create the first Tribally managed national monument, and for other purposes.” The first paragraph of the bill, the first action, is to withdraw all of the original 1.35 million acres…

From Agriculture to Zinke: The Biggest Stories of 2017

December 28, 2017 1

It's been a whirlwind year for news related to natural resources policy, rural issues, and the matters that are most important to America's future. We at Free Range Report extend our thanks for your donations and support. Hang on for…

Testimony reveals dirty dealings behind Clinton monument designation

December 18, 2017 0

“There was a deliberate effort to conceal and keep the monument out of public view,  Leavitt stated. “Secrecy was so vital a concern to the endeavor that the administration was denying a decision had been made, even as bleachers were going…

Water for food production must be highest priority

November 27, 2017 0

Another concern that came out of the OSU study was that the region’s growing population will ultimately max out the water supplies of several cities. That means as more water goes to flushing toilets and other household uses, agriculture faces…

Ranching

Bacteria used to battle oil spills and cheatgrass

January 3, 2018 0

Two strains of Pseudomonas fluorescens bacterium, named D-7 and MB-906, are being used because they can be applied in areas where perennial grasses and non-native grasses both grow. Other strains of the diverse bacteria have also been used successfully to…

A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer

December 24, 2017 4

But you may have observed me out here on the lonely plains,  A-lookin' after cattle, feelin' thankful when it rains,  Admirin' Thy great handiwork, the miracle of grass,  Aware of Thy kind spirit in the way it comes to pass …

Utah ranchers prove grazing plays a big role in sage grouse restoration

December 20, 2017 2

Ranchers are sometimes given a share of the blame. But now government agencies and a major environmental organization are betting big money that ranching can be part of the solution. John Hollenhorst KSL TV GROUSE CREEK, Box Elder County —…

Innovative bird conservation program brings economic benefits to ranchers

November 4, 2017 0

The goal is a profitable program for cattle ranchers, but one that also helps reverse steep population declines during the past half century by grassland birds, such as bobwhite quail. STL News KANSAS CITY, MO/November 4, 2017 (STL.News) – The…

Land Disputes

SCOTUS to consider federal seizure of private property for frog protection

January 22, 2018 0

The Fish and Wildlife Service wants a 1,500-acre tract of privately owned land protected as a potential breeding and living space for the frogs, which currently live in Mississippi and were once believed to live in the tract in question…

San Juan County reopens sections of Recapture Canyon closed by BLM

January 17, 2018 3

"Earlier this week, the county came out and graded this road, and the BLM said, 'well, I guess according to the Title V it's permitted.' And we said, we're not doing it under Title V, we're doing it under RS-2477…

After acquittals and mistrials, feds dismiss fourth case against ranchers

January 9, 2018 4

The judge issued her ruling before a packed courtroom with nearly 100 spectators, as more than a dozen other spectators had to wait outside the courtroom doors. As Navarro dismissed the case, Cliven Bundy's lawyer put his arm around his…

Greens, big rec corporations push false narratives about Utah monuments

December 21, 2017 1

“The premise has to be there can be economic development, but it can’t take away from environmental concerns or preservation. That's why the entire PR campaign against what the president and we are trying to do in Bears Ears and…