KNRC: Empowering counties to take on ‘conservation easement’ land grabs

Typical CE transactions result in a 30% to 100% assessed devaluation, a decrease not confined only to CE-burdened lands: the devaluations can spill to neighboring, non-participating landholders, reducing their property values as well. by Marjorie Haun Kansas Natural Resources Coalition (KNRC) is a relatively new organization with a timeless mission: KNRC Mission Statement – The Kansas Natural Resource Coalition (KNRC) […]

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Federal Bureaucracies & Bureaucrats: The Enemies Within

This could be a great beginning but we truly need to jettison a lot more of our socialist bureaus, departments, agencies, laws and regulations which have been exactly what all this ‘big government in control’ has been striving toward. The federal government was never intended to be in charge and certainly not a creator, fixer, charity house and surely not a […]

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Radical anti-fracking groups use kids as ruse to sue Colorado energy regulators

The media has described the petitioners in the case, aged 13 to 16, as “a group of teenagers,” “six underage plaintiffs,” “some Colorado children.” “Colorado Appeals Court Sides With Teens Seeking to Block Fracking,” Bloomberg BNA reports. “The kids win in court,” the Daily Camera headlined its editorial. Aileen Yeung Energy In-Depth National ‘Ban Fracking’ Activist Groups Hide Behind Kids in Oil and Gas Lawsuit In what the […]

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Would move west improve BLM accountability, or put the fox in the hen house?

All this make it worth pondering the question of whether BLM HQ should be moved to rural Western Colorado–which, by the way, has been economically harmed because of anti-fossil fuel BLM regulations, and its heavy-handed interference with ranching, farming, and other resource-based industries. Will moving the less-than-popular Bureau of Land Management’s national operations to the rural West be the equivalent […]

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From the D.C. swamp to the West: Will Trump relocate federal land agencies?

“[Zinke’s] view is that we have too many people working in Interior in Washington, D.C., when the work that needs to be done is out in the states and particularly in the West, and he wants to move a lot of the management decisions and a lot of the people from Washington out to the states…” Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman […]

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Utah takes steps to advance local stewardship of lands within the state

Public land ranchers won’t have to worry about their grazing fees skyrocketing or their allotments being sold to developers — if and when Utah gains title to millions of public acres from the U.S. government. Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune Prepping to gain control of thousands of acres of public land, Utah lawmakers create ‘Department of Land Management’ Public land […]

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Inflammatory signs, likely created by enviro group, catch Utah sheriff’s eye

The fake signs also say there is no hunting, no wood cutting or all-terrain vehicle riding. “It is something that people are putting up to get people wound up,” said San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge. “These are completely false.” Deseret News MONTICELLO, San Juan County — Residents are already pretty tense over the Bears Ears National Monument designation made […]

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Basalt Colorado: Sane forest management vs recreation

Council members are concerned that logging-truck traffic will pose danger to the many bicyclists, campers, boat enthusiasts and anglers using Frying Pan Road. The project would generate an estimated 700 to 900 truck trips on Frying Pan Road and through Basalt. “What’s sticking for me is we’re not a logging town, we’re a recreation town,” Councilman Auden Schendler said Tuesday night in […]

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Water battle pits City of Aspen against feds, enviros

When the rights of a city; such as its rights to water, property, and other resources, are constrained by county and federal governments, one must ask if property rights exist at all. Cities such as Aspen which are surrounded by federally-controlled lands, are under the thumbs of unelected bureaucrats in federal agencies which hold the reins on critical local resources. The largely liberal, ‘environmentally-minded’ residents of […]

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Oregon: Grant County supervisor, judge block citizen input in forest stewardship

While the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge grabbed the world’s attention, a quieter struggle over federal lands is being waged by those trying to use elections and the levers of government. Their grandparents and great-grandparents wrested a living from the West’s rugged landscape.  But now, the forest commissioners say, the government is tightening access to the same […]

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