From the D.C. swamp to the West: Will Trump relocate federal land agencies?

“[Zinke’s] view is that we have too many people working in Interior in Washington, D.C., when the work that needs to be done is out in the states and particularly in the West, and he wants to move a lot of the management decisions and a lot of the people from Washington out to the states…” Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman […]

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If you want to protect forests, you must harvest trees

You want to save a forest? Buy wood products and plant trees. Those are ways to ensure that overgrown forests are properly managed and replanted for the future. Buying wood products keeps forest land forested. Otherwise, land owners may convert the land into something else. Chaille Brindley Pallet Enterprise Thinking Ahead: Losing the Forests Because We Are Trying to Save […]

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4 reasons Congress should disapprove economy-killing sage grouse regulations

Ironically, at the time the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service finalized the harmful sage grouse plans in 2015, the bird was doing fine, with an increasing population of nearly 425,000, due to a successful incentive-based approach to conservation led by states. Brian Seasholes Daily Caller Good news for grouse & the economy Across 173 million acres in […]

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Ranchers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, feds wrangle over grazing in Weminuche Wilderness

In a Feb. 19 letter to The Free Range Report called “Radical Environmentalist Bullying the Forest Service to Deny Renewal of Longtime Sheep Allotments,” Brown argued domestic sheep grazing can coexist with wild bighorns. “Kicking us off our allotments would be the end of our ranching operation,” Brown wrote. “And it would be the end of the dream of our […]

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Basalt Colorado: Sane forest management vs recreation

Council members are concerned that logging-truck traffic will pose danger to the many bicyclists, campers, boat enthusiasts and anglers using Frying Pan Road. The project would generate an estimated 700 to 900 truck trips on Frying Pan Road and through Basalt. “What’s sticking for me is we’re not a logging town, we’re a recreation town,” Councilman Auden Schendler said Tuesday night in […]

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Fed agencies not held to account for environmental destruction, wildfires

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer told me that immediately after the Canyon fire, local loggers organized and went into the burned area to retrieve any and all useful logs. The logs were hauled to a local mill so some consumptive use of the resources could be achieved. The masterminds at the federal government shut them down upon discovery, thereby wasting […]

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Amateur geologist harassed by feds over legally-obtained fossils takes own life

Ramirez continued to interrogate and harass Weaver for approximately four hours. Ramirez peppered him with questions about mining on public lands, and made other false allegations about his activities. Ramirez called Weaver a liar many times throughout the interrogation. Federal agents came to Weaver’s home looking for items to seize in order to build a case against him, but were […]

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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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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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Water battle pits City of Aspen against feds, enviros

When the rights of a city; such as its rights to water, property, and other resources, are constrained by county and federal governments, one must ask if property rights exist at all. Cities such as Aspen which are surrounded by federally-controlled lands, are under the thumbs of unelected bureaucrats in federal agencies which hold the reins on critical local resources. The largely liberal, ‘environmentally-minded’ residents of […]

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