Utah leaders issue resolution to undo decades of federal monuments injustices

“When Democratic Presidents exit, Utah has become the ATM for paybacks to special interest groups.”  Utah State Representative Greg Hughes “The Tsunami wave of government regulations is taking the family ranch (or farm) out of production.  Those waves have decimated a community.”  Sterling Brown Janet Wilcox On Jan. 26, 2017 the Utah House Rules Committee passed both resolution, H.C.R. 11 urging […]

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Poll: Utah ready to fight for state control of public lands

The question is should use of those lands be determined by federal land agencies – like the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service – or by state officials. UPD’s pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds in his latest survey that 55 percent of Utahns want state officials to continue their battle to gain control of BLM and forest […]

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Wyoming lawmakers consider future of lands stewardship amendment

On the other side are critics of the federal government’s bureaucracy. They note that it can take over a decade to permit grazing, mining, drilling and wind projects. Wyoming’s cut of that development is about $1 billion a year, money that funds schools and state agencies. This session, lawmakers must figure out how to close a $400 million shortfall in […]

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Addressing inequality of western states through locally-sourced stewardship

Federal land agencies have managed the West like a museum for years. This hands-off management approach has resulted in watershed destruction, air pollution, and forest and wildland fires. Our communities and the environment deserve better. States have the know-how and incentives to repair decades of federal neglect by tending to the environment like the garden that it is. FAQs complied […]

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Property rights group addresses misunderstandings about federal grazing laws

Misunderstandings about the history and original intent of federal grazing law by both ranchers and federal agents is fueling tensions across the West, making the issue timely and important, she said. “We don’t know our rights,” she said. “But now we’re learning so much.” Like many other ranching families across the region, Bonds’ family settled the area prior to the […]

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Ranchers: Obama midnight monuments designations will make practical management impossible

While President Obama, in his press statement, said the monuments (Bears Ears in Utah – 1.35 million acres and Gold Butte in Nevada — about 300,000 acres) came “following years of public input,” Johnson and others say much of that input was in the form of “no.” Johnson and others say the president ignored pleas of ranchers and local tribes […]

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OPINION: How does Zinke stack up as Interior Secretary nominee?

After lecturing Trump on the abuse of executive power, President Obama exercised his executive power to set aside over 1.5 million acres as the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and Gold Butte National Monument near Las Vegas. These two monuments bring Obama’s total to 30, more than any other president. As Susie Philemon, Navajo tribe member, explains, “The federal government […]

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OPINION: 3 elements critical to winning Western lands debates

The fundamental root of the problem in current resource land use development is Federal management. The incredibly large mass of land the Feds are attempting to manage, under one set of rules, is an abysmal failure for the resource, the environment, the resource user and the tax payer. This will always be, due to the sheer size and complexity of […]

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Ranchers, Western communities fall victim to Obama ‘Midnight Monuments’ crusade

Western state lawmakers, ranchers and those in the oil and gas industry, on the other hand, have widely panned Obama’s monument proclamations – claiming that the president’s so-called “midnight monuments” do not represent the interests of the people in those states and will in time do more harm than good to the environment. Ranchers spar with Obama over new national […]

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Obama moves to lock up 6.5 million acres of resource-rich Alaska lands

Overall, 4.8 million acres would be closed off to mining in the Eastern Interior under the new plans, while 1.7 million would be potentially open to it. However, crucially, the proposed mining restrictions would have to be approved by the secretary of the interior, and also appear to be subject to congressional approval. President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration may be nearing, but […]

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