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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Trump can reverse egregious Antiquities Acts edicts by doing 2 simple things

That President Trump has the authority to vacate the actions of his predecessors is without question. Just as no Congress can bind a future one, no president—with a unilateral decree—can claim to rule forever. That is even more the case given that Clinton and Obama far exceeded their authority under the Antiquities Act. Nonetheless, revocation will be fought aggressively by […]

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Text of Utah resolution to rescind Obama Bears Ears takeover

Backed by majorities in both the Utah House and Senate, and likely to be signed by Governor Herbert, this Resolution is an offensive strike against federal power in a battle over lands and resources that has been simmering for years. Just days following the inauguration of President Trump, Utah State Representative Greg Hughes introduced a resolution aimed at reversing the 1.35 million acre Obama […]

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Trump considers ways to reverse Obama Bears Ears land grab

The controversial Bears Ears National Monument was designated by Obama in December and covers more than a million acres in rural Utah. It has been praised by conservationists, but slammed by locals. Trump “Open” To Unprecedented Repeal Of Obama National Monument President-elect Donald Trump is said to be open to the idea of repealing President Obama’s latest national monument — […]

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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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Endangered Species Act: Conservation or assault on property rights?

Fostering landowner resentment and hard feelings towards the government is counterproductive because private landowners are the key to successful endangered species conservation. Nationwide, private lands harbor 78% of endangered species, compared to 50% for federal land. Furthermore, this country’s millions of private landowners represent by far the largest force for conservation. The hundreds of thousands of Americans who have working […]

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State and local leaders push back against federal Bears Ears land grab

The most prominent Navajo opposed to the monument, Benally opened and closed Lee’s gathering in the Capitol’s elegant Gold Room. She called on environmental groups to quit “romanticizing and using Native Americans” for their political ends and decried the monument proposal for dividing tribal communities and tearing families apart. (Salt Lake Tribune) These statements were recorded in Salt Lake City […]

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Public Lands: Don’t believe what the feds and corporate enviros are telling you

From the beginning, land issues and jurisdiction created heated debate, decided many elections, kicked off a civil war and nearly destroyed our country before it ever got started. Property rights, being the cornerstone of our nation, have been well worth fighting for…over and over, and over, and over… Revisiting the 1962 Eisenhower Report, Our Public Lands From the beginning, land […]

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Exclusionary BLM planning rule in crosshairs of rural, western interests

Lane believes the emphasis on the environment would come at the expense of BLM’s current mandate to manage for “multiple use and sustained yield.”  “It’s wholly inappropriate for them to change their mission unilaterally to plan for intangibles like social and environmental change,” Lane said.  Rural Interests Plan to Fight new BLM Planning Regs A national livestock industry leader warns […]

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