Trump, Hatch eye rolling back 2 decades of national monument land grabs

It’s worth noting that the areas targeted by Obama in his waning days, including Bears Ears, Gold Butte, Nevada (the location of the Cliven Bundy family ranch), Cascade-Siskiyou, on the border of Northern California and Oregon, and others, are rural strongholds; red regions rich with highly-coveted natural resources, and populated by ranchers, farmers, and others with ties to the lands. […]

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KNRC: Empowering counties to take on ‘conservation easement’ land grabs

Typical CE transactions result in a 30% to 100% assessed devaluation, a decrease not confined only to CE-burdened lands: the devaluations can spill to neighboring, non-participating landholders, reducing their property values as well. by Marjorie Haun Kansas Natural Resources Coalition (KNRC) is a relatively new organization with a timeless mission: KNRC Mission Statement – The Kansas Natural Resource Coalition (KNRC) […]

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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 Administration to end federal land grabs

Obama’s final land grab took the total acres of land seized by the federal government under his presidency to 553 million acres, more than any other president in history. Ben Kew Breitbart.com Donald Trump has pledged to end the federal acquisition of land, which rose by record levels under Barack Obama, and instead invest in preserving its current holdings as part […]

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‘Emotion’ behind Colorado bill to protect property, human rights from feds still simmering

The emotional stories of hardships drew the attention of several of the committee members. Rep. Tim Leonard (R-25) in particular asked about the current vehicles available to ranchers to address issues of mistreatment. Answers from both supporters and opponents of the bill described avenues that are both expensive and time consuming. This was a point Sylvester discussed at length. Kerry […]

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Bears Ears designation “swallows up” lifelong rancher’s water, grazing rights, private property

The federal government should not have this kind of authority over a state and local people.  Especially when the federal government employees are so influenced and guided by well-funded special interest environmental groups. Open letter by Sandy L. Johnson* (see author’s note below) Stewards of San Juan County, Utah Dear Senator Lee, I appreciate the time and help you have […]

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Fake news about looting used to push federal Bears Ears takeover

San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally testified to this fact in a Congressional hearing last September. In her testimony she asserted that not only were the FCM and BLM accounts of looting inaccurate, but that a federal designation would actually increase vandalism and looting due to a massive upswing in tourist traffic. Alarmist stories about widespread looting and vandalism of Native American […]

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Happy New Year: Obama land grabs can be reversed by Congress, Trump Administration

Mr. Obama has repeatedly abused his authority under the Antiquities Act to declare vast new national monuments, including on the high seas. This week’s monument designations have been strongly opposed by state officials and GOP congressional leaders, including the unanimous delegation from Utah. Trump Can Reverse Obama’s Last-Minute Land Grab The White House is trying to lock up millions of […]

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National monuments should not be one-man shows, must include local input

Pearce points out “the Antiquities Act requires that a president designate the smallest possible footprint in order to achieve the desired environmental preservation” and emphasizes “these decisions must be made in Congress.” 1 person shouldn’t make or break a U.S. monument There is a good argument that one person acting unilaterally should not be able to set aside hundreds of […]

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Obama using tribal governments as pawns in federal land grab scheme

Warpath: Obama’s Indian Policy Threatens All Americans, Both Tribal and Non-tribal Citizens by Elaine Willman published by The New American “The politicians, tribal leaders, and their propagandists adroitly exploit the sympathies of decent Americans and manipulate their feelings of guilt over past wrongs (both real and fictional) against the Indian tribes. But their real goal is building their own wealth […]

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