Representatives of the Range: Who are RAO and PLC?

“I had a sad experience with my ranch, not knowing my rights. I trusted the federal employees, but they completely deceived us. This federal deception continues. The accrued cost of their actions has cost the people in our common allotment millions of dollars. Example, the last bill I sent BLM was over $800,000; and that was about two years ago.” […]

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New Mexico ranchers fear Democrat monument expansions ‘aimed at pushing them from the land’

But ranchers from some rural communities fear the new designations will amount to another layer of bureaucracy aimed at pushing them from the land. Their concerns mark just the latest battle over public lands in the West, where the federal government already controls millions of acres. Santa Fe New Mexican ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s two U.S. senators have introduced legislation […]

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Feds try to hide possible misdeeds of BLM agents in Bundy Ranch Standoff trial

Prosecutors in Las Vegas filed a Motion In Limine  late Tuesday in the case of The United States vs Cliven Bundy et al — in hopes that Nevada District Court Judge Gloria Navarro – will allow the Government to “cover-up” any wrong doing agents in the Bureau Of Land Management – who conducted the Bundy cattle impoundment in April of 2014 – may have […]

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Utah Lands office intervenes in heated disputes between ranchers, feds

Johnson said those who believe in multiple use of the land need to stick together, or else be picked off “one by one,” by nongovernmental organizations opposed to public grazing. LAYTON — Redge Johnson said there is no reason to believe that another 150 years of grazing can’t continue on Utah’s public lands if people are willing to work out […]

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Bundy defense calls BLM document shredding prior to Bunkerville standoff a “travesty”

The shredding effort comes on the heels of another unusual government disclosure in the high-profile case. Prosecutors confirmed last week in court documents that undercover FBI agents posed as a documentary film crew to gather evidence during their investigation into the Bunkerville standoff. Bureau of Land Management agents shredded sensitive documents about their roundup of Bundy family cattle in the […]

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What’s behind flaring land disputes in the West?

Despite all the media attention on the trial, many have overlooked the underlying issues that make federal lands so contentious in the first place. Nearly half of the entire western United States is controlled by federal land agencies. Shawn Regan Foundation for Economic Education Nearly half of the entire western United States is controlled by federal land agencies. Last week’s […]

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Ammon Bundy’s attorney tasered, tackled following Oregon standoff acquittals

“It just blows my mind,” Paris said. “To have a lawyer who’s making an argument in court physically restrained and taken down is extraordinary. He’s entitled to make these arguments. If he was repeating himself over and over, the more typical response is to hold him in contempt. But to physically accost him is just shocking.” As trial ends, surreal […]

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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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Ranchers benefit sage grouse with healthy rangelands, wildfire mitigation

 When ranchers implement conservation practices that benefit sage grouse, those practices also benefit 350-plus sagebrush-dependent species. Natural Resources Conservation Service Utah rancher Bill Kennedy worked with NRCS through SGI to improve his working rangelands for sage grouse and livestock. Photo by Jesse Bussard. This past April, we woke up at 3 a.m. and made our way to a blind amid […]

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EDITORIAL: It’s time ranchers start tilting at windmills

“Just as with water, wind energy development in the West is a controversial and divisive issue. But there is a path forward and ranchers need to play a major part in addressing the issue.” Are ranchers spitting into the wind on wind energy issues? Burt Rutheford Beef Just as with water, energy development in the West has become, in some […]

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