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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Trump, Hatch eye rolling back 2 decades of national monument land grabs

It’s worth noting that the areas targeted by Obama in his waning days, including Bears Ears, Gold Butte, Nevada (the location of the Cliven Bundy family ranch), Cascade-Siskiyou, on the border of Northern California and Oregon, and others, are rural strongholds; red regions rich with highly-coveted natural resources, and populated by ranchers, farmers, and others with ties to the lands. […]

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Klamath Tribes terminate water compact, potentially devastating ranchers, farmers

In April 2014, ranchers and the Tribes signed the Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement. The ranchers agreed to retire 18,000 acres of land or 30,000 acre feet of water and do riparian repair work on the rivers in exchange for an allotment of water each year… At the end of February, the Tribes indicated to the ranchers they wanted to terminate […]

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Alaska sues federal government, contending state controls riverbed, not BLM

In its complaint, Alaska said it gained title to submerged lands and navigable waters when it acquired statehood, unless the federal government made any claims prior. The state said the federal government based its claim to ownership on a 1984 administrative decision of the Alaska office of federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Chris Ford Frontiersman.com Alaska files lawsuit over […]

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Interior Department fumbles, Nevada gets brief stay from sage grouse rules

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who filed the suit on behalf of the state, said of Du’s ruling, “The federal government’s greater sage-grouse land-use plan obstructs Nevada’s growth and development, and harms our ranchers, miners and recreation workers. Thomas Mitchell Elko Daily Free Press Commentary: State makes progress in challenging sage grouse rules Nevada won a temporary reprieve from the […]

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BLM revision plan means states have more say, but enviros hate it

Indeed, in directing BLM to “make every effort to restore order, focus, and efficiency to the Federal land planning process,” Zinke clearly takes aim at green groups, as well as what the former Republican congressman from Montana often complained was federal government overreach. Scott Streater E&E News Zinke orders BLM ‘back to the drawing board’ on land use, NEPA Interior […]

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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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SCOTUS partly to blame for America’s ‘Rural vs Urban’ resentment

Thus the concept that was established in the US Constitution for representation of the people in Congress, held true for the states as well until the 1960s. It was obliterated at the state level by these court decisions, leaving our rural regions and cultures at the mercy of urban politicians. Commentary by Bill Goode Loss of Representation for Rural America Most […]

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Bills to transfer federal control of lands to local stewardship progress through Congress

“Sadly, these bills are necessary because the federal government has not recently been that good neighbor, and ideological zealots in our land management agencies have been obstructing vital local infrastructure projects and running roughshod over the wishes and jurisdictions of local communities…” ~House Natural Resources Chair, Tom McClintock~   by Marjorie Haun The transfer of tracts of federally-controlled lands to […]

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VIDEO: President has authority to reverse Antiquities Act designations

During his term, the former president used executive actions to lock up hundreds of millions of acres on both land and sea, making them off-limits to the use of those who have depended for generations on the development of resources in those regions. The Bears Ears National Monument designation, made while Obama was on vacation with his family during the […]

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