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 Judge rejects enviro lawsuit over state-introduced mountain goats

The decision dismisses a lawsuit brought by the Grand Canyon Trust and Utah Native Plant Society that alleged the Forest Service is failing its duty to manage habitat in deference to the state’s traditional role of overseeing wildlife. The dispute arose after the Utah Wildlife Board’s decision to release goats onto state-owned land that have since established a herd in the Manti-La […]

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Wolf ESA plan should focus on species recovery, not shutting down ranchers

This plan set a recovery goal of 100 wolves, a target that was exceeded in 2014. However, instead of celebrating the recovery plan’s success by delisting the wolf and returning management to the states, the federal government decided to move the goal posts. It continues to manage the Mexican gray wolf under onerous ESA requirements, harming ranchers and other rural […]

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Utah House passes first of its kind ‘livestock harassment’ bill

…some youths were using vehicles to frighten and chase down baby cows. According to Chew, “The kids were laughing while chasing the calves and running them over, and they put videos of it on the Internet.” Chew said that the owner of the livestock contacted the local Sheriff about the incident, and although he made some arrests in the case, there was no guidance in […]

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Making The Rural American West Great Again

Commentary by: Tony Franco | 2/23/2017     President Trump was elected thanks to voters in states surrounding the Great Lakes, thanks to his concern for blue collar industrial workers who find that their jobs and communities have been sacrificed for the benefit of coastal elites and international trade.     There is another wide swath of “forgotten” Americans whose […]

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Oregon lawmakers step up to consider state authority over lands

Wilson and other rural Republicans pointed out that their districts are overwhelmingly composed of federal land. They said cutbacks in logging due to overregulation had limited their counties’ ability to fund basic services or protect against catastrophic wildfires. “We used to have a vibrant economy, with good wages and good places to work,” Esquivel said. “So much of that has been shut […]

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Zinke affirms support for unconstitutional federal control of America’s lands

Excessive federal ownership is not only illegal; it is also bad policy. Federal land management is subject to the constant buffeting of special-interest politics, and the effects on management can be dreadful. As Zinke conceded in his congressional testimony, the national parks are suffering from years of neglect. Throughout the West — including Zinke’s own state of Montana — you […]

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Feds side with enviros, ban grazing on 68,000 acres for frog study

Multiple environmental groups — Concerned Friends of the Winema, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Western Watersheds Project, Oregon Wild and the Center for Biological Diversity — have long opposed grazing within the pasture, which has been ranched by the Iverson family for more than a century. Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press Grazing halted to study impacts on Oregon spotted frog A  federal judge […]

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