Endangered Species Act: Poster child for backwards incentives

What if those incentives were reversed? What if landowners were paid to create and preserve habitat, or better yet, to raise endangered species as efficiently as they raise livestock? What if landowners knew that if a species’ population fell below a certain number it would certainly be listed — and if its population rose above a defined number it would […]

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Blocking BLM feral horse roundup threatens range health, private property

“Some of the horse groups tend to portray this as a horses-versus-cows issue, and it’s really not,” Magagna said. “It’s a resource management issue and the damage that’s done is equally harmful to the horses themselves as it is to wildlife.” Wild horse advocates seek to block Wyoming roundup CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wild horse advocates are seeking a court […]

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Washington wolf pack livestock attacks continue

Wolves attack two more calves in N.E. Washington Two more calves have been attacked in northeastern Washington, including one by the wolfpack targeted for elimination by wildlife managers, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday. WDFW investigators confirmed Tuesday that a calf had been injured by the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County. Wildlife managers killed five adults […]

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Forest Service claims Trail of Tears destruction to ‘dissuade’ off-roading

Fallout from Forest Service damage to Trail of Tears escalates The fallout continues after the construction more than two years ago of 35 earthen berms along almost a mile of the Trail of Tears in the Cherokee National Forest. A whistle-blower group has now called for an independent investigation, and the Tennessee Historical Commission has withdrawn from a 2005 cultural […]

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Native tribes divided, impoverished, yet Administration touts ‘progress’

“Photo ops with tribal children in native dress, pleasant pronouncements, and end-of-term self-congratulatory press releases, cannot hide the fact that federal nanny-statism along with Obama’s confiscatory federal land policies have made poverty, division, and disenfranchisement within Native American communities much worse.” On September 26, the U.S. Department of the Interior issued a press release announcing the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference with the […]

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San Juan County violates due process with wind farm, sticks residents with $250K legal bill

“Monticello, a largely agricultural and ranching town of about 2,000 located in San Juan County, now finds its wind farm in the midst of a legal battle which may threaten the future of the giant turbines.”   Free Range Report Those familiar with the beautiful view of the Abajo Mountains rising up to the west of Monticello, Utah, have witnessed […]

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Nevada State vet rings alarm bells on feral horse populations

State vet: Declare horse population an emergency by FALLON GODWIN-BUTLER Elko Daily Free Press “Dr. Goicoechea couldn’t have hit it any better on the head. We’ve got a disaster out here on the open range,” said Assemblyman John Ellison. “People should be arrested for the shape these horses are in.” ELKO — Public comments at the National Wild Horse and Burro […]

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Are BLM Nevada sage grouse efforts in violation of federal law?

Commentary: BLM sage grouse guidelines will bury land users in paperwork Thomas Mitchell from Elko Daily Free Press The Bureau of Land Management this past week issued eight guideline memos instructing federal land managers in 11 Western states as to how they are to carry out policies intended to protect greater sage grouse — a move that threatens to bury […]

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Northwest farmers, ranchers take action to mitigate wildfire damage

Rural landowners assert role in fighting wildfires by Chad Sokol Spokesman-Review Wildfires in rural Washington have again brought complaints from farmers and property owners about their role in protecting their land. The fire in Valleyford has been out for a week, for instance, but Jack Lacher is still fuming. When the farmer spotted a pillar of smoke on the other […]

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Forest Service takes heat for fuel load in Gap Fire

 Residents frustrated; feel Gap Fire was preventable Kassi Nelsonpublished by NBC Klamath Horse Creek, Calif. —  Much of the Horse Creek Community is turned to ash after the Gap Fire took off late last month, but residents believe the damage could have been avoided. “There are fire lines that used to be maintained back in the 70’s and 80’s, but […]

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