PLF fights Forest Service closure of thousands of miles of California roads and trails

At issue is the unlawful way that the Service, seven years ago, implemented its 2005 Travel Management Rule.  That rule called for formal designation of the trails and roads available for motorized use in national forests.  The Service excluded thousands of roads and trails in Plumas National Forest that had been used by the public for generations. Feds illegally imposed […]

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Endangered Species Act: Stories of Abuse

…the current use of the ESA is incredibly expensive to American tax payers and our economy. As of December 2014, the average listing cost $789,966 per species. This federal funding is siphoned directly from tax payer’s wallets. Posted by ProtectAmericansNow.org Endangered Species Act: Stories Of Abuse In a 5 part series, Protect Americans Now will analyze the Endangered Species Act […]

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Forest Service confiscates private property despite willingness of landowners to negotiate

The government’s claim that it, and hence the public, had a right to use the property without purchasing or negotiating with the family for an easement, meant that Wonder Ranch had to file a lawsuit against the government to quiet title to the property—meaning eliminate the government’s claim to a prescriptive easement. Terry Anderson Property and Environment Research Center USFS Claims Easement through […]

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Nevada, Oregon Bundy trials marred by bumbling prosecutors, tainted witnesses

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown already has issued orders for occupation leaders Ammon Bundy, who was acquitted of all charges, and Ryan Payne, who has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, to be flown from Nevada to Oregon to testify for the defense. The defendants’ request for Santilli was filed on Sunday, after defendants learned that Cooper, who pleaded guilty to […]

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Feds launch attack on Montana ranchers’ property rights

There was an alternate proposed route that didn’t cut through the ranch’s front yard. The Forest Service could have reached an amicable conclusion with the landowners. But that wasn’t enough for the Forest Service. Nope, the bully never stops. The Forest Service, by fiat, claimed an easement through the ranch. Forest Service trying to seize private land from Montana ranchers […]

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What to do about growing conflicts over range lands in the West: Part 1

In January 2016, an armed militia group seized control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. Their goal: to protest federal control over western rangelands. It’s the latest episode in a long history of conflicts over the use of federal lands in the West. Introduction For a few short weeks during the spring of 2014, the intricacies of […]

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