U.S. Forest service ‘aggressively’ restricting cattle grazing in Okanogan County

An Okanogan County commissioner says the U.S. Forest Service has taken an aggressive stance to restrict cattle grazing in Okanogan County that may be part of a larger effort to do so throughout the West before former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is confirmed as U.S. Agriculture Secretary. Dan Wheat Capital Press OKANOGAN, Wash. — An Okanogan County commissioner says the […]

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BLM proposal to cut Colorado grazing allotments in half

Garfield County ranchers are fighting a proposed Bureau of Land Management order that would cut a cattle grazing allotment on federal lands in half. They say it would kill their family businesses. Ryan Summerlin Post Independent It’s ranchers vs. the BLM in a grazing allotment squeeze Garfield County ranchers are fighting a proposed Bureau of Land Management order that would […]

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After 30 years, Pennsylvania farmer still fighting feds over illegal taking of property

It was 30 years ago this spring that Bob Brace, a Waterford-area farmer, first clashed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about his right to repair drainage pipes that allowed him to farm some soggy ground. Jim Martin GoErie.com Background Posted January 12, 2017 It was 30 years ago this spring that Bob Brace, a Waterford-area farmer, first clashed […]

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Michigan landowners testify about Forest Service harassment, seizure of property

Hinkson testified he was approached, unannounced, by USFS and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials about the location of his camp. Casperson’s constituent was informed his camp was on forest land and that it must be removed and the land restored, at his expense. Hinkson received two citations and faces criminal charges for the claimed encroachment which he has spent […]

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Minnesota ‘Buffers Act’ will take thousands of productive acres from rural landowners

When enforcement of the ‘Buffers Act’ begins in a few months, all productive economic activity within the buffer zones will be prohibited. Not only is the value of the land taken away, but all potential value from future economic use will also be lost. by Marjorie Haun In April of 2016, Mark Dayton (D), the Governor of Minnesota approved a […]

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4 reasons Congress should disapprove economy-killing sage grouse regulations

Ironically, at the time the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service finalized the harmful sage grouse plans in 2015, the bird was doing fine, with an increasing population of nearly 425,000, due to a successful incentive-based approach to conservation led by states. Brian Seasholes Daily Caller Good news for grouse & the economy Across 173 million acres in […]

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Ranchers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, feds wrangle over grazing in Weminuche Wilderness

In a Feb. 19 letter to The Free Range Report called “Radical Environmentalist Bullying the Forest Service to Deny Renewal of Longtime Sheep Allotments,” Brown argued domestic sheep grazing can coexist with wild bighorns. “Kicking us off our allotments would be the end of our ranching operation,” Brown wrote. “And it would be the end of the dream of our […]

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Angus McIntosh responds to PLC: Its time to Drain the Swamp on the “Public Lands”

By the time Trent was finished questioning Ethan Lane, he had backpedaled to the point where he said he agreed with 95% of what I have been teaching ranchers in my seminars for the past 16 years. by Angus McIntosh, PhD  Executive Director, Range Allotment Owners Association Recently the Range Allotment Owners Association (RAO), an association of Western ranchers who […]

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Local witnesses testify of kindness, good manners of Oregon Standoff defendants

“They took very good care of my place. I trusted them completely,” she said. During cross, Overton acknowledged that Patrick left her a $100 tip at the truck stop one night. She also said the men paid her electric bill and bought her a new set of pots and pans. Maxine Bernstein Oregon Live Refuge visitors, character witnesses testify for […]

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Arizona border ranchers want Trump wall, but leary of federal agents on land

“It used to take five days to get the ranch rounded up; it takes me seven weeks now and it’s because anybody coming through illegally cuts through fences and border patrol doesn’t know how to shut a gate,” Ladd said. Both Border Patrol and Ladd have keys to locks on his gates, but he said agents often leave the gates […]

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