Utah Judge rejects enviro lawsuit over state-introduced mountain goats

The decision dismisses a lawsuit brought by the Grand Canyon Trust and Utah Native Plant Society that alleged the Forest Service is failing its duty to manage habitat in deference to the state’s traditional role of overseeing wildlife. The dispute arose after the Utah Wildlife Board’s decision to release goats onto state-owned land that have since established a herd in the Manti-La […]

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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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A monument to ‘presidential vanity,’ it’s time to rescind Bears Ears

Even modern progressives must admit that such monuments to presidential vanity are a bad thing. Like many Progressive Era policies, the Antiquities Act is predicated on the notion that the expert judgement of Washington, D.C. is superior to that of local communities. Its defenders in this case have expressed contempt for Utah’s desire to choose its own land policies. Shawn […]

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Letter to Zinke: Bears Ears is a special interest ‘scheme,’ not the will of the people

As the details emerge of the new Monument, it is clear that scheming special interest groups have been crafting the details of this Monument for years. These special interest groups, who derided the County Commissioners over their concerns about such basic things as roads, hunting, and wood gathering, are now feverishly filing law suits and gathering petitions to coerce the […]

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Zinke affirms support for unconstitutional federal control of America’s lands

Excessive federal ownership is not only illegal; it is also bad policy. Federal land management is subject to the constant buffeting of special-interest politics, and the effects on management can be dreadful. As Zinke conceded in his congressional testimony, the national parks are suffering from years of neglect. Throughout the West — including Zinke’s own state of Montana — you […]

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Wyoming lawmakers consider future of lands stewardship amendment

On the other side are critics of the federal government’s bureaucracy. They note that it can take over a decade to permit grazing, mining, drilling and wind projects. Wyoming’s cut of that development is about $1 billion a year, money that funds schools and state agencies. This session, lawmakers must figure out how to close a $400 million shortfall in […]

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Cattlemen worried Cascade-Siskiyou expansion will eradicate ranching in region

Ranchers with grazing allotments aren’t allowed to properly maintain fences, water structures and other range improvements, diminishing the land’s suitability for grazing, Skinner said. That dynamic has already been seen on the original portion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which many ranchers have left since its designation in 2000, he said. Mateusz Perkowskiu Capital Press Cattle groups reacted with dread […]

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Opinion: Growing federal government shrinks liberty, property rights in the West

San Juan County, Utah is suffering because of it. This is where President Obama, from his Hawaiian vacation last week, seized 1.5 million acres with his pen. San Juan County, Utah has only 8% private land. The federal government already controls the overwhelming majority of the land in San Juan County (72%).  The Utah State Legislature, all statewide elected leaders, […]

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Oregon Land Grab: Ranchers oppose Obama 48K acre expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou Monument

In a news release, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association said the president’s decision will “have a rippling effect on ranchers, farmers, outdoor enthusiasts and beyond.” “Our western heritage and love for the land is something we greatly value within our association. This is a huge hit for our members, our communities, and our state,” Jerome Rosa, the association’s executive director, said in the release.  […]

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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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