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Conservation efforts need more private property rights, less politics

September 12, 2017 0

"...embracing private property rights, as free market environmentalists have long advocated, can provide real, permanent conservation. Buying sensitive habitats, procuring conservation easements and giving landowners financial incentives to be better stewards insulate conservation from shifting political winds. It also encourages…

Science confirms fuels reduction policies needed to stem wildfires

September 11, 2017 0

Across the country, particularly in the west, national forests have millions of dead and dying trees. Growth and mortality rates far outpace fuels reduction and timber harvesting. Forests have become unnaturally dense and overgrown, and insect epidemics have laid waste…

House Resources Committee hears bills furthering state control of energy development

September 8, 2017 0

The states examined in this study earn an average of $14.51 for every dollar spent on state trust land management. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management generate only 73 cents in return for every dollar spent on…

Zinke forms Royalty Policy Committee to steer energy development on federal lands

September 4, 2017 0

...the RPC is comprised of tribal leaders, representatives from the energy industry, experts in engineering and energy extraction, elected and appointed leaders from energy-rich states, and attorneys with expertise in energy law. by Marjorie Haun On March 29 of this…

Ranching

Oregon ranchers urge killing 2 wolf packs with voracious taste for cattle

August 30, 2017 1

Northeast Oregon cattle ranchers have called for two entire packs to be killed, saying the state’s “incremental” approach won’t deter voracious wolves. Eric Mortenson Capital Press Some wolves may have become ‘habituated’ to eating cattle Tracks indicated the 500-pound calf…

Washington wolf attacks on the rise, Smackout pack implicated

August 28, 2017 1

The fourth depredation by the Smackout pack was confirmed Aug. 24, meeting the threshold for the department to consider lethal removal. The threshold is four depredations within 10 months or three depredations within 30 days. In this case, the four…

Canadian Ranchers outraged by ‘massive loss of livestock’ from controlled burn gone wrong

August 10, 2017 0

“It just went unbelievably wrong,” said Nyman in the release. “The wind was blowing hard out of the northeast, and they were trying to burn to the northeast. I don’t know what kind of magic they thought was going to…

Ten years ago, this Idaho rancher stood up to the feds, and won

July 25, 2017 2

Like most Western ranch companies, Joyce runs cattle on federal lands along with its own. That has led to conflicts. Paul Nettleton took the federal government to court 10 years ago and won, protecting ranchers’ water rights in a ruling…

Land Disputes

Controversial Utah monuments among the ten Zinke wants to modify

September 18, 2017 0

Once the lawsuits have run their course, and fail, as I suspect, there will be an opportunity to use this review and whatever comes of it to brook a compromise reform to the Antiquities Act. That 111 year old law…

Leaked Video: Are feds lying about Bunkerville LEO’s being ‘outgunned?’

September 14, 2017 1

"...there were no incidents of actual aggression on the parts of any of the protesters. There were over a hundred protesters who went to Bunkerville to defend Bundy's cattle, but many on the scene were women, children, and curious onlookers.…

Why D.C. management of lands and resources is bad for the West

September 9, 2017 2

This is not news to people in the West, whose communities are surrounded by federal lands, and whose natural resources are under the control of distant federal agencies that do not bear the consequences. In fact, it has been a…

Feds’ determination to crush western dissent behind endless Bundy ranch retrials

August 31, 2017 0

The feds are engaged in an extended grudge match against western dissidents, without regard for the cost to justice or the taxpayers. J.D. Tuccille Reason.com When Government Can't Take 'Not Guilty' for an Answer "The federal government is all about…