Antiquities Act Review: Restoring land, hope, and economic freedom in the West

The grazing allotment used by the Finicums, until the BLM kicked them out, is covered by the Grand Canyon Parashant monument. Therefore, if that monument is reversed, then it will be easier for Jeanette Finicum to recover her grazing allotment and ranch. Analysis by Bill Goode President Issues Executive Order to Review Designation of National Monuments President Trump issued an […]

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Negative impact of Obamacare much worse for ranchers, farmers than urban Americans

“When a replacement plan would have cost us $3800 for an even worse plan, we had two choices:  One, go without insurance, putting our daughters at risk, or two, go on the exchange.” Carrie Couey by Marjorie Haun A recent survey conducted by the Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) confirmed what many farm and ranch families have known for years, that […]

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Trump, Hatch eye rolling back 2 decades of national monument land grabs

It’s worth noting that the areas targeted by Obama in his waning days, including Bears Ears, Gold Butte, Nevada (the location of the Cliven Bundy family ranch), Cascade-Siskiyou, on the border of Northern California and Oregon, and others, are rural strongholds; red regions rich with highly-coveted natural resources, and populated by ranchers, farmers, and others with ties to the lands. […]

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Farmers look forward to relief from crushing Obama-era EPA regulations

By 2050, U.S. farmers and ranchers must rise to the challenge of feeding 2 billion more people than we feed today. We are fully ready to meet the task, but we cannot do so under the shackles of excessive, superfluous regulations. Opinion by Tom Buchanan The Oklahoman Farm Bureau president: Scott Pruitt brings optimism to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers As […]

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BLM revision plan means states have more say, but enviros hate it

Indeed, in directing BLM to “make every effort to restore order, focus, and efficiency to the Federal land planning process,” Zinke clearly takes aim at green groups, as well as what the former Republican congressman from Montana often complained was federal government overreach. Scott Streater E&E News Zinke orders BLM ‘back to the drawing board’ on land use, NEPA Interior […]

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Corporate enviros terrified that abusive Antiquities Act land grabs might end

“Like you, we care deeply for our public lands and have genuine concerns about presidents meddling with millions of acres. We see more losers than winners when a president with a phone and a pen is making unilateral decisions, far removed from the land and people who call these places home.” Op-ed by Matthew Anderson The Deseret News Reforming the […]

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Trump orders USDA to open conservation lands to grazing for wildfire-devastated ranchers

President Donald Trump directed the department to open emergency grazing in certain lands in the Conservation Reserve Protection program in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma following wildfires that started March 6. The USDA estimates that about 1.6 million acres of grassland have been burned, and more than 15,000 have been killed in the blaze. Thomas Phippin Daily Caller News Foundation The government will […]

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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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From the D.C. swamp to the West: Will Trump relocate federal land agencies?

“[Zinke’s] view is that we have too many people working in Interior in Washington, D.C., when the work that needs to be done is out in the states and particularly in the West, and he wants to move a lot of the management decisions and a lot of the people from Washington out to the states…” Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman […]

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Dependence on foreign minerals can be addressed with faster permitting, fewer regulations

To address supply chain vulnerability and import dependence, President Trump and Congress should examine ways to speed up permitting of new U.S. mines and smelters, eliminate duplicative regulations and support policies that encourage resource and materials innovation. JS Jacques Fox Business Opinion Even as President Trump impresses markets by putting infrastructure investment and renewed manufacturing leadership at the core of […]

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