Natural Resources

Air Force, Interior Department to close off Utah lands for weapons testing

April 20, 2018 0

According to the draft MOA, local governments will coordinate with the BLM to establish checkpoints for entry, and public safety and emergency response plans for communities adjacent to the weapons testing areas. The MOA also contains a provision addressing the…

Good, Bad or Ugly? Interior releases list of first-year accomplishments

April 18, 2018 4

The Interior Department issued a press release touting its accomplishments during year one. Free Range Report invites you to consider the list and share your opinions on these achievements. Are they good and do they expand freedom? Are they bad…

KNRC sues U.S. Fish & Wildlife for noncompliance with Congressional Review law

April 15, 2018 2

Astonishingly, many federal agencies — not just Department of Interior — have for years chosen to ignore the Congressional Review Act requirements when imposing rules on the states, industry, local governments, and the public. For decades, federal management agencies have…

D.C. swamp creatures freak over Zinke’s public lands vision

March 17, 2018 1

His reasoning was that managers with their feet on the ground have the most knowledge of their resources in order to foster multiple use management, the mission of the Department of Interior. This decentralizaiton explains a lot of the pushback…

Ranching

Independent ranchers win court victory against dubious Beef Checkoff program

April 11, 2018 0

"The Ninth Circuit’s decision today means that yet another set of federal judges has ruled that the government cannot compel independent ranchers to fund the speech of multinational corporations..." Tri-state Livestock News Appeals court rules for R-CALF USA on checkoff…

Cattlemen Respond to China Including U.S. Beef on Retaliatory Tariff List

April 8, 2018 0

America's Cattlemen and Women are "Unfortunate Causalities" in Any Trade War WASHINGTON (April 4, 2018) - Kent Bacus, Director of International Trade and Market Access for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today issued the following statement regarding the announcement that…

Innovative program uses cattle herding instincts to defend against wolves

March 31, 2018 0

The training of the cattle is an easy installed response. Through our efforts on the ranch we put a lot of effort into separation, sorting, and processing of individuals. We don't often consider the defensive posture of the herd group.…

Washington ranchers angered by Zinke reversal on grizzly plan

March 29, 2018 0

Ethan Lane, executive director of the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands organization, said those groups are extremely disappointed. He said Zinke has talked about being a better neighbor, but that reintroducing as many as…

Land Disputes

Fours years after Bunkerville, where does Cliven Bundy stand now?

April 13, 2018 3

Cliven and Carol are not in the happiest of moods these days; the men left behind weigh heavy on each of them. “The thought of 'em men still living out their days in prison just breaks my heart.”  Mike Stickler…

Western lands stuck in Limbo due to Congress’ inaction on ‘wilderness study areas’

April 12, 2018 1

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte and Senator Steve Daines have now introduced bills to release wilderness study areas across Montana. Their bills cover 29 different WSAs, because as Gianforte said, “Nearly 700,000 acres of Montana’s public lands have been in limbo…

Following vindications, those who turned backs on the Bundys do about-face

April 4, 2018 8

The BLM also sought to seriously limit anyone and everyone’s access to the so-called public land, and persuaded the FAA to implement a No-fly Zone. The BLM also sought to seriously restrict anyone and everyone’s First Amendment Rights, including freedom…

Is big outdoor rec behind bogus mining claims in southern Utah?

April 2, 2018 3

Since February 4, when mineral claims on the land could be filed, three new claims have been filed. Two of them are not by mining interests, but appear to be publicity stunts or media actions. Morgan Sjogren, an outdoor writer,…