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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Trump’s DOI Secretary ends coal moratorium, opens way for oil and gas renaissance

“Secretarial Order 3348 overturns the 2016 moratorium on all new coal leases on federal land and ends the programmatic environmental impacts statement that was set to be completed no sooner than 2019..” by Marjorie Haun Department of Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, former U.S. Representative from Montana, has made it clear that he intends to implement President Trump’s America-first energy plan. […]

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If you want to protect forests, you must harvest trees

You want to save a forest? Buy wood products and plant trees. Those are ways to ensure that overgrown forests are properly managed and replanted for the future. Buying wood products keeps forest land forested. Otherwise, land owners may convert the land into something else. Chaille Brindley Pallet Enterprise Thinking Ahead: Losing the Forests Because We Are Trying to Save […]

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Cliven Bundy’s ideas about public lands management reflected in recent legislation

“Disarm the National Park Service,” the recalcitrant cowboy cried in a video played in court recently, during the ongoing trial against six people charged as gunmen in the 2014 standoff in Bunkerville. A witness testified about the “unreasonable” nature of Bundy’s demand. But a Utah Congressman has introduced legislation that would remove the law enforcement function from the Bureau of […]

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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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Utah Congressman introduces bill to strip police powers from BLM, Forest Service

The undeniable perception was that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents using dogs, Tasers, armored vehicles, full body armor and automatic weapons to confront a rancher who was delinquent with his grazing fees, constituted a terrifying overreaction. The office of Utah Congressman, Jason Chaffetz, issued a press release on January 24 announcing his introduction of legislation to restore equality in law-enforcement authority to Western states. The […]

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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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OPINION: 3 elements critical to winning Western lands debates

The fundamental root of the problem in current resource land use development is Federal management. The incredibly large mass of land the Feds are attempting to manage, under one set of rules, is an abysmal failure for the resource, the environment, the resource user and the tax payer. This will always be, due to the sheer size and complexity of […]

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Public Lands: Don’t believe what the feds and corporate enviros are telling you

From the beginning, land issues and jurisdiction created heated debate, decided many elections, kicked off a civil war and nearly destroyed our country before it ever got started. Property rights, being the cornerstone of our nation, have been well worth fighting for…over and over, and over, and over… Revisiting the 1962 Eisenhower Report, Our Public Lands From the beginning, land […]

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OPINION: Federal land ‘management’ a sham

If you think forest management is any better, check out the red and green mosaic that covers most of the West. The red is a tinderbox of pine trees killed by the pine bark beetle, ready to ignite with the smallest spark. Hiking behind my home, you will find many trees marked for cutting under a plan by the Forest […]

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