Forest Service blows up small dams with high explosives to ‘restore creeks to natural state’

“When the main dam was blown up,” May said, “it was a shock.” May also questioned Forest Service statements that residents several years ago were notified of plans to ultimately destroy five dams. “Does anybody remember that? I never got any notification.” David Whiting Orange County Register After blowing up dams, relations sour between canyon residents, U.S. Forest Service Relations […]

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Demonized by progressives, California ranchers embrace Trump policies

About two hours north of San Francisco I talked to many residents around the town of Red Bluff who are big fans of Trump. Although Hillary Clinton won California in a landslide, some four million people voted for Trump, and he won Tehama County by a landslide. “He’s our only hope,” says rancher Wally Roney, who has felt that the […]

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California county may owe dairy farmers $48 million for taking of private land

San Bernardino County could pay $48 million for the property of one of the few remaining Chino dairy farmers after the family complained in a lawsuit that most of their spread, located under a landing pattern for Chino Airport, had been turned into a no-build zone without compensation. Richard K. DeAtley Daily Bulletin San Bernardino County may have to pay […]

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Obama Antiquities Act abuses challenged by Oregon lumber companies

“The monument expansion is already having an immediate impact,” said Murphy Co. President John Murphy. “The Griffen Moon Timber Sale within the expansion area that was scheduled to be sold this summer has now been withdrawn without any replacement timber sale. The sale would have generated in excess of $500,000 for Jackson County.” Vickie Aldous Mail Tribune Herald & News […]

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California ranchers, farmers sue over unlawful, unscientific, endangered wolf listing

PLF, farmers, and ranchers challenge state’s ‘endangered’ listing of gray wolf Damien M. Schiff Pacific Legal Foundation So argues a lawsuit filed on January 31, 2017 by Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the California Farm Bureau Federation.  Filed in California Superior Court, the lawsuit challenges the commission’s listing of the gray wolf under the […]

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Cattlemen worried Cascade-Siskiyou expansion will eradicate ranching in region

Ranchers with grazing allotments aren’t allowed to properly maintain fences, water structures and other range improvements, diminishing the land’s suitability for grazing, Skinner said. That dynamic has already been seen on the original portion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which many ranchers have left since its designation in 2000, he said. Mateusz Perkowskiu Capital Press Cattle groups reacted with dread […]

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Animal rights groups fight policies necessary to remedy wild horse disaster

An estimated 55,000 wild horses roamed public U.S. rangelands as of March of last year, more than double the federally advised number. As natural predators diminish, several efforts are under way to use fertility-control methods to curb new births. Ranchers, Government Find Common Ground in Fight to Restrict Wild Horses They join forces to fight objections by animal-rights’ groups to […]

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Court rules federal taking of irrigation waters for endangered fish illegal

The districts and farmers, represented by the D.C.-based Marzulla Law firm, contend the government owes compensation, under the Fifth Amendment, for the temporary cessation of water deliveries in 2001 in order to protect endangered species including the Lost River sucker. The various legal and procedural complications are enumerated in the 474 separate court filings made since the first lawsuit landed […]

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Six Western counties take Obama to court over exclusionary BLM planning rule

The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for Utah, involves Kane County, Big Horn County, Wyo.; Chaves County, New Mexico; Custer County, Idaho; Garfield County, Colorado; Modoc County, California, and the Dona Ana Soil and Water Conservation District in New Mexico. Federal lawsuit targets BLM planning rule SALT LAKE CITY — Kane County is among six rural counties […]

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POWDER KEG: 102 million dead trees on Forest Service lands in California

The majority of the 102 million dead trees are located in ten counties in the southern and central Sierra Nevada region. The Forest Service also identified increasing mortality in the northern part of the state, including Siskiyou, Modoc, Plumas and Lassen counties.  New Aerial Survey Identifies More Than 100 Million Dead Trees in California USDA Office of Communications VALLEJO, CALIF., […]

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