Oregon Rep. Walden to stem prosecution of ranchers under federal terrorism statutes

The federal government, whose agencies regularly use prescribed burns–many of which spread accidentally and cause extreme damage to life and property–already enjoy the protections Walden extends to civilian property owners in HR 983. by Marjorie Haun United States Representative Greg Walden of Oregon has been a lone advocate for the rural interests of his state amid a forest of progressive […]

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Wolf ESA plan should focus on species recovery, not shutting down ranchers

This plan set a recovery goal of 100 wolves, a target that was exceeded in 2014. However, instead of celebrating the recovery plan’s success by delisting the wolf and returning management to the states, the federal government decided to move the goal posts. It continues to manage the Mexican gray wolf under onerous ESA requirements, harming ranchers and other rural […]

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Colorado lawmaker introduces bill to protect citizens from federal agents

Representative Lewis’ legislation aligns with U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz’ recent bill targeting federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service. Lewis’ bill, however, addresses the actions of federal employees more specifically than the legislation introduced by Congressman Chaffetz, which would strip police powers from the aforementioned agencies. And at the heart of HB17-1141 are the constitutional rights of […]

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Federal Lands Freedom Act will set off American energy renaissance

Allowing states to regulate the energy resources on federal lands means more efficient and accountable management. States share the cost of the maintenance of federal lands and have regulatory structures to manage federal lands within their boundaries. Excerpts from Daily Signal The Federal Land Freedom Act: Empowering States to Regulate Energy Will Yield Better Economic and Environmental Results The United […]

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Nevada public lands transferred to tribal nations

..this bill will transfer more than 70,000 acres of Nevada public lands back into tribal control – empowering those tribal governments to control their land use destinies. By carefully balancing the unique needs of our Nevada tribal nations with those of local ranchers, land owners, and businesses, this legislation will allow Nevadans to chart brighter futures for their communities, while […]

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Montana lawmakers suggest tribal hunts for growing Yellowstone bison herds

Montana lawmakers push for tribal bison hunts in Yellowstone By MATTHEW BROWN from Capital Press  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana legislative committee that wants to limit Yellowstone National Park’s growing herds of bison from leaving the park sent a recommendation Thursday to park officials for American Indian tribes to be allowed to hunt bison inside the park. The committee’s […]

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