In Montana, land transfer threatens the American rancher's way of life. If you want to appreciate the prairie landscape that inspired President Theodore Roosevelt to set aside 230m acres as national land, you have to pull off the interstate somewhere in the Dakotas, or in the eastern third of Montana, Wyoming, or Colorado.
Follow a dirt road for a few miles, roll down your windows, and shut off your engine. Do this almost any time of day, preferably in springtime. Above and below ground, the prairies are humming with life: birds, rodents, snakes, pronghorn, badgers and coyotes, rioting amid a landscape of grass and sagebrush. A patchwork of public land comprises large blocs of this splendid and sparsely populated terrain, and while much public ground has the appearance of a nature preserve, it is mostly a working landscape. Public forage, timber, and water resources sustain thriving wildlife populations, along with millions of livestock and thousands of agricultural producers.
U.S. cattle grazing plan for Idaho monument draws criticism. BOISE – Federal officials on Friday released a cattle grazing plan for central Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve that immediately came under fire from an environmental group.
THE NEW WEST: Enshrouding Truth – Planet Jackson Hole. Trump’s techniques for silencing civil servants are nothing new, but they should be widely discussed and recognized.
JACKSON HOLE, WY – With the Trump administration only weeks old, fear and declining morale are already pervasive in federal land management agencies that together steward some 600 million acres of public land, most of it in the West. Talk of gag orders, clampdowns on how public information is dispensed, disavowing established science, removing mention of climate change from government websites and unilaterally imposing a hiring freeze on agencies struggling to keep up with workloads are just part of a new unprecedented era in civil service. Nearly 20 years ago, I authored a book, Science Under Siege: The Politicians’ War on Nature and Truth, which profiled a wide range of federal and state whistleblowers involved with wildlife and land management agencies.
Tactic one: Make dissenters the issue instead of their message. Tactic two: Isolate the scientific dissenter. Comments. The New West: Attacks on environmental laws don’t serve states’ best interests. CREDIT: David J Swift By Todd WilkinsonEBS Environmental Columnist Whether it’s Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks, our national forests, wildlife refuges or even private ranches, never in U.S. history has preserving land, by keeping its conservation values intact, resulted in huge economic hardship over mid- to long-term horizons.
In fact, the most thriving, consistent and sustainable economic sector in the great state of Wyoming is tourism, fueled by the powerful engine of protected public lands in the northwest quadrant of the state. As Gov. Matt Mead and the Wyoming Legislature struggle to deal with budget shortfalls in the hundreds of millions of dollars—the vast majority related to the state’s misguided gamble on coal—you still hear elected officials spreading the unsubstantiated rumor that environmental protection is costing the state. Recently, U.S. While such anti-federal rhetoric certainly resonates with Wyoming voters, there is scant evidence to back it up. Probably not. TheRioGrande RethinkingRiversinthe21stCentury021417.
House Moves to Encourage Drilling in National Parks · National Parks Conservation Association. Reversal of drilling rules part of larger attempt by Congress to weaken park protections.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) last night introduced H.J. Res. 46, which seeks to repeal updates to the National Park Service’s “9B” rules. Trump, GOP Aim to Reverse Obama’s Land Grab 1.5 Million Acres. In the waning hours of his presidency, Barack Obama has designated more than 1.5 million acres for two new national monuments — Bears Ears in Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada.
State lawmakers in the region have for years debated creating these monuments and had yet to reach a conclusion before Obama made his controversial move Wednesday. The Bears Ears monument will take up an astounding 1.35 million acres, a region bigger than the state of Delaware, and the Gold Butte monument will cover nearly 300,000 acres in an area often referred to as Nevada’s portion of the Grand Canyon.
In a statement, the president asserted that these monuments “will protect places that a wide range of stakeholders all agree are worthy of protection.” He also claimed that his administration “worked to ensure that tribes and local communities can continue to access and benefit from these lands for generations to come.” — Alexandra DeSanctis is a National Review Institute William F. Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as interior secretary.
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep.
Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to head the Department of the Interior. Here's what you need to know about him. (Bastien Inzaurralde,Danielle Kunitz,Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post) M.facebook. We pioneered this idea of protecting landscape for all the people.
On March 1, 1872, Ulysses S. Grant signed the bill creating Yellowstone National Park, America’s first and the world’s first such place, “set apart as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Those words reflected the wisdom that all citizens have spiritual and recreational needs, as well as economic needs, and that access to open landscape helps feed the hungers of the soul. Yellowstone back then was valued mainly for scenic spectacle — the geysers, the great river canyons, the waterfalls — and making it a public park was meant to compensate for some loss of scenic spectacles in the East. Niagara Falls, for instance, had been grotesquely commercialized by private operators, who turned the overlook areas into a circus of pricey amusements, and the founders of Yellowstone considered it a negative exemplum.
Reckoning at Standing Rock. “We have seen that the white man does not take his religion any more seriously than his laws, that he keeps both of them just behind him, like Helpers, to use when they might do him good. … These are not our ways.
We kept the laws we made and lived by our religion. We have never understood the white man, who fools no one but himself.” Transferring Control of Federal Lands Would Devastate Hunting and Fishing. Lane Crothers: Why Ore. standoff acquittal should scare Americans. So it turns out that — if you get the right jury, anyway — you can occupy a federal wildlife refuge for nearly six weeks, can have multiple weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition in your possession, and can use those weapons and ammunition to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs.
There are at least two things about the verdict in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge trial that ought to frighten any American — including those jurors who issued the acquittal. The first is that it was a clear case of jury nullification. The jury plainly failed to enact their Constitutional duty to apply the law rather than their opinions, and speaking as a professor of politics and government as well as a citizen of the United States, that's scary.
Trump met with a leader of the land transfer movement. The current movement in Western states to transfer federal public lands to state control has ramped up in the past four years, becoming an important campaign issue in state and federal races, and for some voters, in the presidential election. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton opposes a large-scale transfer but Republican candidate Donald Trump’s stance is murkier. But in late August, Elko County, Nevada, Commissioner Demar Dahl, a major figure in the pro-land-transfer movement, met one-on-one with Trump. Terror and Prejudice in the Public Land Seizure Movement. Valley of The Gods, some of the public lands Utah legislators want to seize from the federal government | Photo: Bob Wick, BLM Commentary: Utah’s conservative politicians have been advocating the state seize federal lands for years.
This year, the Utah legislature and governor have been pushing Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to sue the federal government to hand over the 30 million acres of federal land within the state. The lawsuit has already cost the state $2 million, even though it hasn't yet been filed. It may never be filed. As of last Friday, Reyes hadn’t made up his mind. That report almost certainly won’t sway advocates of devolving federal lands to the states, part of a decades-old movement whose members have their own private understanding of western history and federal law. Sustainable Cowboys or Welfare Ranchers of the American West? Each public lands livestock operator cost taxpayers nearly a quarter of a million dollars in subsidies over the last decade.
(AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher) Five hundred million dollars. Bundy Brothers, Who Sought to Rally a Nation, Draw Scant Support at Trial. The Bundys became antigovernment sensations in 2014 after federal agents attempted to seize cattle that the government says their father, Cliven, had been grazing illegally on public acres. Hundreds of supporters came to the family’s aid, some taking sniper positions on a highway bridge near the family’s Nevada ranch.
The authorities, fearing bloodshed, eventually backed away. Livestock Grazing: Federal Expenditures and Receipts Vary, Depending on the Agency and the Purpose of the Fee Charged. Ranchers pay a fee to graze their livestock on federal land. Grazing occurs primarily on federal land located in the western states managed by 10 federal agencies. Generally, the fee is based on animal unit months (AUM)--the amount of forage that a cow and her calf can eat in 1 month.
For most federal land, the fee per AUM is established by a formula. Advocates argue that grazing uses federal land productively and that the grazing fee is fair. Opponents argue that grazing damages public resources and that grazing fees are too low. The 10 federal agencies managed more than 22.6 million AUMs on about 235 million acres of federal lands for grazing and land management in fiscal year 2004. Federal-lands ranching: A half-century of decline. Federal-lands ranching: A half-century of decline. Agencies Fail to Identify, Track, Penalize, or Deter Unauthorized Livestock Grazing on Public Lands According to a New Report from the Government Accountability Office. Group Seeks Ban On Grazing At Tahoe. SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- The League to Save Lake Tahoe says cattle-grazing in the Lake Tahoe Basin is harming water quality and should stop. By George Wuerthner (ecologist) (fwd)
Deborah Wisti-Peterson nyneve at u.washington.edu Wed Jul 19 09:37:45 PDT 2000. Commercial Livestock Production on Federal Public Lands. II. Dispelling the Cowboy Myth: an Interview with George Wuerthner. Dispelling the Cowboy Myth: an Interview with George Wuerthner by Tim Lengerich There is a tremendous irony in public lands ranching. National parks at a turning point. When we look back 100 years from now, wonders Linda Bilmes, what will we be glad we did today? It isn’t just a philosophical question. DOI: BLM: Livestock Grazing. Weak oversight of public grazing land, thanks to ‘lord of yesterday’ The Republican crusade against public land must end. Since taking over the majority in 2011, House Republicans have intensified their efforts to give away natural resources owned by the American people to a few special interests. From threatened and endangered wildlife to mineral resources to fisheries, Republicans have attempted to shift control and decision-making authority from federal agency stewards to states and localities – even those with a track record of short-sighted or irresponsible management.
Line In The Sand. Selling a Birthright: What would the West be like without its federal lands? - News Columns. – by Chris Madson. Privatize public lands? Start with grazing fees. The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs (The Sagebrush Sheriffs) Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion. No, federal land transfers are not in the Constitution. Debunked: 4 Myths About America's Parks and Public Lands. Colorado: State Trust Land is NOT Public Land.
Republican Politicians Planned And Participated In Key Aspects Of Refuge Occupation. Randy Newberg on the Beef Between Western Hunters and Pro-Gun Politicians – The Trace. Public Lands Takeover Effort Is Alive and Well — Idaho Conservation League. Graphic: The hidden connections of the Sagebrush Insurgency (Finding common cause) What is the link between the Oregon militants and Mormonism? Pinyon-Juniper Forests: BLM is a Ranching Industry Tool. The secret history of cowboy socialism. The Media Adores Ranchers. Here’s Why They Shouldn’t. The Bundy Family’s Odd Mormon Connection, Explained. Williams: The folly of “taking back” the West - Columnists - East Oregonian. State of the Union 2016: The States of Our Union … Are Not All Strong. Former Forest Supervisor: Why I Resigned Over Land Dispute. Outdoor Idaho (Idaho Public Television) Former BLM chief: Bundys ‘pursuing an agenda’ on public land.
Heated Rhetoric by Politicians Encourages Violent Extremism on National Public Lands. The Bundy Boyz and #Tarpman Jump the Shark. Commetary: Feds should stop caving in to ranchers. What Our Obsession With Hamburgers Has to Do With the Planned Cull of 900 Yellowstone Bison. Supreme Court already ruled that feds rightly own occupied refuge. Supreme Court already ruled that feds rightly own occupied refuge. My New Year’s Wish: Stop the Silly Talk of Selling Public Land. Adjustments in Western Beef Cattle Production and Marketing during the War and Post-War Periods. The Armed Oregon Ranchers Who Want Free Land Are Already Getting A 93 Percent Discount. 5 Government Handouts the Bundys Businesses Depend On. No happy ending in Oregon: We can’t reward white, right-wing extremists every time they pull a gun and threaten violence. Home - Western Watersheds Project. Forty years of Sagebrush Rebellion.