Forest Service blows up small dams with high explosives to ‘restore creeks to natural state’

“When the main dam was blown up,” May said, “it was a shock.” May also questioned Forest Service statements that residents several years ago were notified of plans to ultimately destroy five dams. “Does anybody remember that? I never got any notification.” David Whiting Orange County Register After blowing up dams, relations sour between canyon residents, U.S. Forest Service Relations […]

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Antiquities Act, unilateral monuments in crosshairs of Western conservative lawmakers

Bears Ears has already gained national attention as a battleground between former President Barack Obama’s focus on environmental protection and locals who oppose more federal restrictions on land use. But some Republicans have their eye on a much broader rollback of the president’s authority to establish monuments. Jack Fitzpatrick Morning Consult Conservative lawmakers from Western states believe they have a rare […]

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PLF fights Forest Service closure of thousands of miles of California roads and trails

At issue is the unlawful way that the Service, seven years ago, implemented its 2005 Travel Management Rule.  That rule called for formal designation of the trails and roads available for motorized use in national forests.  The Service excluded thousands of roads and trails in Plumas National Forest that had been used by the public for generations. Feds illegally imposed […]

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Defense witnesses bring perspective to Bunkerville standoff trial

Some of the defendants were photographed on the highway bridge above the cattle impoundment site. Defense witness Shannon Bushman, another protester, was shown a picture of defendant Scott Drexler, who was kneeling and holding a long gun. Bushman was asked whether Drexler looked ready for war. “If he does he’s really bad at it … he’s got a hat and […]

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Obama DOI employees paid millions while under investigation for misconduct, sexual harassment

The National Park Service spent the most on administrative leave among DOI agencies, with 69 employees on leave for nearly 62,000 hours at a cost of more than $2 million. Indian Affairs put the greatest number of employees on administrative leave at 83, for a total of nearly 55,000 hours, costing $1.8 million. Ethan Barton Daily Caller News Foundation Department […]

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Trump orders USDA to open conservation lands to grazing for wildfire-devastated ranchers

President Donald Trump directed the department to open emergency grazing in certain lands in the Conservation Reserve Protection program in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma following wildfires that started March 6. The USDA estimates that about 1.6 million acres of grassland have been burned, and more than 15,000 have been killed in the blaze. Thomas Phippin Daily Caller News Foundation The government will […]

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Harry Reid’s pet judge violates civil rights of Bundy Ranch defendants

 Most of the prosecution’s witnesses (federal agents) were allowed to be in the court room before they took the stand, but potential witnesses for the defense have been restricted from hearing the trial before taking the stand. The prosecution witnesses have spoken of their fear, and were even allowed to cry on the stand, but the defense witnesses were told […]

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Is NCBA spending Beef Checkoff Program money to hurt independent ranchers?

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association appears to have supported USDA’s recent ruling to allow possible foot-and-mouth disease-infected South American beef to be brought into our domestic markets. NCBA is also fighting the new GIPSA rules that would end predatory market practices that are driving independent cattle producers out of business and off the land. Since NCBA has been administering the lion’s […]

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‘Equal Access to Justice Act’ is an open door to environmentalist tyranny

“…over a decade, eight environmental groups filed more than 3,300 cases in federal district courts across the country. In the last two years of the Bush Administration, seven groups filed 253 lawsuits; in the first two years of the Obama Administration, those groups filed 525 lawsuits…It is not only the sum; also outrageous is the hourly rate granted to environmental […]

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Trump’s DOI Secretary ends coal moratorium, opens way for oil and gas renaissance

“Secretarial Order 3348 overturns the 2016 moratorium on all new coal leases on federal land and ends the programmatic environmental impacts statement that was set to be completed no sooner than 2019..” by Marjorie Haun Department of Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, former U.S. Representative from Montana, has made it clear that he intends to implement President Trump’s America-first energy plan. […]

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