U.S. Forest service ‘aggressively’ restricting cattle grazing in Okanogan County

An Okanogan County commissioner says the U.S. Forest Service has taken an aggressive stance to restrict cattle grazing in Okanogan County that may be part of a larger effort to do so throughout the West before former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is confirmed as U.S. Agriculture Secretary. Dan Wheat Capital Press OKANOGAN, Wash. — An Okanogan County commissioner says the […]

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BLM ‘wild, scenic’ designation clashes with rancher’s water rights, bank stabilization efforts

The plaintiffs claim BLM’s own analysis found that state and county governments are already protecting the river, so leaving the segment undesignated wouldn’t threaten its wild and scenic values. Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press Oregon ranch fighting Rogue River management plans An Oregon ranch is challenging federal management plans for a 63.5-mile stretch of the Rogue river, arguing they’ll impede stabilization […]

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Federal judge rejects Oregon enviro lawsuit claiming grazing harms fish species

New information that’s emerged about threats to the fish and their critical habitat doesn’t rise to the level of requiring additional environmental analysis of grazing, Clarke said. For example, although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reached the “alarming” conclusion that shortnose suckers face a “high degree of threat of extinction,” this finding doesn’t influence the Forest Service’s assessment […]

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BLM, horse ‘lovers’ group spar over genetic manipulation of wild horse herds

The government then returned the herds to the wild with significantly less genetic variation than it needs to survive, Front Range claims, in violation of the Wild Horse Act. And the government secured paid adoptions for the valuable horses it kept, according to the lawsuit. Karina Brown Courthouse News Service Federal Stampede over Wild Horse Breeding Program PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) […]

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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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Obama Antiquities Act abuses challenged by Oregon lumber companies

“The monument expansion is already having an immediate impact,” said Murphy Co. President John Murphy. “The Griffen Moon Timber Sale within the expansion area that was scheduled to be sold this summer has now been withdrawn without any replacement timber sale. The sale would have generated in excess of $500,000 for Jackson County.” Vickie Aldous Mail Tribune Herald & News […]

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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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With timber communities at risk, Oregon counties fight Cascade-Siskiyou expansion

The association sued President Donald Trump, the United States, Acting Secretary of the Interior Kevin Haugrud and the Bureau of Land Management. It asks the court to declare Obama’s executive order illegal under the O&C Act and directing most of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument to be managed again as O&C Lands, rather than as a national monument. Karina Brown Courthouse […]

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Nevada, Oregon Bundy trials marred by bumbling prosecutors, tainted witnesses

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown already has issued orders for occupation leaders Ammon Bundy, who was acquitted of all charges, and Ryan Payne, who has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, to be flown from Nevada to Oregon to testify for the defense. The defendants’ request for Santilli was filed on Sunday, after defendants learned that Cooper, who pleaded guilty to […]

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Why should ordinary Americans care about what happened to LaVoy Finicum?

“As I spoke to these folks I realized that they weren’t hateful or on the fringe. Instead, they were neighborly, they love each other as neighbors. They are the kind of folks that would stop and help you change your tire. They’re the type of people that care about each other and for our rights as Americans and as humans. […]

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