Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante at top of Zinke monuments review

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday there’s “no doubt” he is visiting Utah to talk to people about the controversial Bears Ears National Monument designation, which he said lays at the heart of a 45-day interim review President Donald S. Trump is ordering on monuments. Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday […]

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Corporate enviros terrified that abusive Antiquities Act land grabs might end

“Like you, we care deeply for our public lands and have genuine concerns about presidents meddling with millions of acres. We see more losers than winners when a president with a phone and a pen is making unilateral decisions, far removed from the land and people who call these places home.” Op-ed by Matthew Anderson The Deseret News Reforming the […]

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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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Extreme greens lawsuits delay BLM payment of $69.9 million to New Mexico

BLM spokeswoman Donna Hummel said two environmental groups — Wild Earth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity — formally protested all parcels in the BLM’s Sep. 4 lease sale. That triggered a formal review process that has yet to be completed. Until it is, there’s no certainty the leases will be finalized, or that the money the state is due because […]

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Citing brucellosis, Montana ranchers oppose environmentalists’ free-roaming bison plans

Brucellosis is an infectious disease transmittable to cattle, primarily through oral contact with an infected fetus, calf or placenta. The disease causes a near 90 percent abortion rate among young cows, and the small number of calves that do survive are often weak and unlikely to thrive. David Murray Great Falls Tribune “Not on my property:” Central Montana ranchers say […]

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Trump Administration to end federal land grabs

Obama’s final land grab took the total acres of land seized by the federal government under his presidency to 553 million acres, more than any other president in history. Ben Kew Breitbart.com Donald Trump has pledged to end the federal acquisition of land, which rose by record levels under Barack Obama, and instead invest in preserving its current holdings as part […]

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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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Patagonia and the politics of subsidized public lands recreation

Every year the federal government spends millions to support recreation, without earning much revenue from those campers, bikers and hikers. For every dollar that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management spent on recreation from 2009-13, they took in less than 30 cents… Terry L. Anderson Wall Street Journal Utah Faces Down the Rock-Climbing Industrial Complex: Companies selling […]

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Utah challenges road plan devised by BLM and extreme green group

The state says the program would be imposed on the counties against their will and could jeopardize other historic road claims. The counties say re-examining the routes would be detrimental to their residents who depend on access to public lands for their livelihoods and recreation. Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune Utah asks court to reject BLM travel plan settlement State officials and […]

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