Utah takes steps to advance local stewardship of lands within the state

Public land ranchers won’t have to worry about their grazing fees skyrocketing or their allotments being sold to developers — if and when Utah gains title to millions of public acres from the U.S. government. Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune Prepping to gain control of thousands of acres of public land, Utah lawmakers create ‘Department of Land Management’ Public land […]

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Forest Service to takeover private land in Colorado county where 96% already under federal control

“As a county with 96.5% public land (of which 48% is Wilderness or de facto wilderness), three national forests, and BLM land, we have a heightened level of interest in any further loss of private land in our County.” by Marjorie Haun On January 18, the Commissioners of Hinsdale County, Colorado wrote a letter to their representatives in Washington D.C. alerting them […]

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Oregon lawmakers step up to consider state authority over lands

Wilson and other rural Republicans pointed out that their districts are overwhelmingly composed of federal land. They said cutbacks in logging due to overregulation had limited their counties’ ability to fund basic services or protect against catastrophic wildfires. “We used to have a vibrant economy, with good wages and good places to work,” Esquivel said. “So much of that has been shut […]

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Obama’s most onerous BLM regs in cross hairs of Wyoming delegation

“Under the Obama Administration, lands in Wyoming and all across the west were the target of aggressive federal regulations that were devastating to our jobs, our land, and our way of life,” said U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in a statement Monday. Heather Richards  Casper Star Tribune Wyoming delegation moves against Obama regs Wyoming’s congressional delegation took steps Monday to repeal […]

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OPINION: How does Zinke stack up as Interior Secretary nominee?

After lecturing Trump on the abuse of executive power, President Obama exercised his executive power to set aside over 1.5 million acres as the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and Gold Butte National Monument near Las Vegas. These two monuments bring Obama’s total to 30, more than any other president. As Susie Philemon, Navajo tribe member, explains, “The federal government […]

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Obama moves to lock up 6.5 million acres of resource-rich Alaska lands

Overall, 4.8 million acres would be closed off to mining in the Eastern Interior under the new plans, while 1.7 million would be potentially open to it. However, crucially, the proposed mining restrictions would have to be approved by the secretary of the interior, and also appear to be subject to congressional approval. President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration may be nearing, but […]

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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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Conservation impossible without property rights

Federal lands are, on average, in worse environmental condition than private lands and produce much less economic activity. That’s because management of federal lands, which comprise 27 percent of the American land mass, is largely based on the destructive notion that human activity is inherently bad for the natural world. Property Rights are the Key to Protecting Land We often […]

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Conservation or a Trojan Horse putting more private lands into federal control?

Many Western farmers and ranchers have become hooked on the CRP and if environmentalists have their way the program may soon have permanent restrictions attached to it that the ranchers never anticipated. CRP  may soon become THP – Trojan Horse Program. Beware of bureaucrats bearing gifts. On December 1, Nebraska Rural Radio posted an article titled, USDA partners with farmers […]

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States proven to be best managers and protectors of public lands

This Washington-centric approach to management stifles creative, collaborative solutions to competing interests that could be resolved at local, state, or regional levels without the added baggage of national political battles and federal regulatory processes. While states and local communities may not always make perfect decisions, the best environmental policies are site-specific and situation-specific and emanate from liberty. Excerpts from Daily […]

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