Imprisoned Oregon ranchers left out of Obama clemency binge

Two weeks ago, Susie Hammond read about the 78 people pardoned by President Barack Obama and the 153 sentences he commuted, a record number of clemency acts granted by a U.S. president in a single day.  “Well, that’s really neat that he did that, but he missed a few,” she said. “I kept hoping he would have some compassion. But […]

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Endangered Species Act: Conservation or assault on property rights?

Fostering landowner resentment and hard feelings towards the government is counterproductive because private landowners are the key to successful endangered species conservation. Nationwide, private lands harbor 78% of endangered species, compared to 50% for federal land. Furthermore, this country’s millions of private landowners represent by far the largest force for conservation. The hundreds of thousands of Americans who have working […]

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BLM dumps ‘experimental’ survey method on Alaska that will be costly for state, private property owners

State officials said Tuesday the new system will pass huge costs to the state and private landowners. They said GPS coordinates are considered temporary placeholders, and state or private landowners will ultimately be required to hire surveyors to install the legally defensible monuments identifying property boundaries.  “The savings being realized by BLM are simply passing the costs onto the state,” […]

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Reversal of fortune? Small miner hopeful Trump will veto EPA block on Alaska mine

In February 2014, the EPA took the unusual action of blocking a mine before the project owner applied for a development permit. Trump win ignites hope for stalled Alaska copper, gold mine A small Canadian miner is confident Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential win will let it proceed with an application for a copper and gold mine in Alaska that has […]

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Conservation impossible without property rights

Federal lands are, on average, in worse environmental condition than private lands and produce much less economic activity. That’s because management of federal lands, which comprise 27 percent of the American land mass, is largely based on the destructive notion that human activity is inherently bad for the natural world. Property Rights are the Key to Protecting Land We often […]

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Border ranchers besieged by wildfires set by illegals seek relief in Trump policies

There have been five wildfires on ZZ Cattle Corporation’s sprawling ranch in 2016, Bell said, the most they’ve had since 2011 when more than a dozen fires tore through. Bell suspects many of these fires, including one that charred a few acres last week, were sparked by people crossing the border illegally. Ranchers hope border security under Trump leads to […]

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Border ranchers hold out hope for Trump wall

“I live in a no-man’s land. I live in a land that is occupied by the Sinaloa drug cartel,” he sighed, pointing to mountains on his ranch where he said scouts equipped with sophisticated equipment are posted as lookouts for smugglers. Trump’s US/Mexico border wall wins Arizona Ranchers To many, Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the US-Mexico […]

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Cenarrusa Ranch deal illustrates Nature Conservancy ‘Ponzi’ tactics

The following news story illustrates this scheme perfectly. Nature Conservancy and other organizations like it are not in the business of conservation at all, but are rather aggressive real estate brokers for the federal government. The Nature Conservancy is just one of a number of organizations which use individual and corporate donations, as well as government grants, to buy up […]

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