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Natural Resources

“One Federal Decision” policy yields rights of way for Alaska gold mine, pipeline

August 18, 2018 0

"The Donlin Gold Mine project in Alaska is a great example of cooperation between the Corps and BLM. This important project--which includes stipulations for Alaska Native hiring preference--will bring over 3,000 construction jobs and 1,400 operations jobs..." Introduction by Editor…

Enviros get nailed for lying about drilling leases in southwest Colorado

July 28, 2018 0

“I oppose drilling within the Great Sand Dunes National Park. But if you’re from the valley like I am, you know that to get to the place that is potentially going to be [developed] … it’s way on the other…

Reforms will restore common sense to dysfunctional Endangered Species Act

July 27, 2018 0

The architects of the Endangered Species Act likely couldn’t have anticipated a 2011 decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service to declare roughly 1,500 acres of private property in southeastern Louisiana as critical habitat for the frog. The reasons are…

UNHINGED: Big Green org reports that fracking can make you fat

July 19, 2018 1

Sierra Club and its myriad sister organizations appeal to relatively affluent, progressive, city-dwellers in industrialized western nations who have ample access to cheap, reliable, fossil fuel-based energy and are more afraid of spilling out of their Patagonia yoga pants than…

Ranching

Wolf attacks on cattle surge in Idaho

August 12, 2018 1

“We are on track this year to lose as many or more cattle than we ever have to depredation,” he said Aug. 7, referring to Davis Cattle. “We are at nine right now. In the typical year it has been…

Washington forest plan could be “devastating” to ranchers

August 8, 2018 0

The proposed revision to the plan includes region-wide riparian management standards that would be “devastating” to ranchers, Nielsen said. The proposed standards were presented by a student in a master’s thesis that was rejected for publication in a scientific journal…

Wolf predation compensation model helpful but falls short

August 4, 2018 0

A weaned calf depredation that made it through fall might be considered at 800 pounds. Replacement heifers, cows, bred cows and registered livestock present other mitigating factors. Stock dogs and horses are occasional victims and merit compensation. Steve Tool Wallowa…

National monument restrictions pose thorny problems for cattle ranchers

August 3, 2018 0

He also said that after President Trump announced the new boundaries for the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, that many ranchers who found themselves outside the monument were jumping for joy... by Ben Burr Rangeland Strategies Rangeland Strategies: Grazing Allotments…

Land Disputes

Rangeland Strategies: Helping ranchers beat the government at its own game

July 25, 2018 2

...they are employing the same knowledge and processes used by federal agencies to oppress, in the defense of western ranching and property rights. By Marjorie Haun A new organization consisting of rangeland and policy experts has coalesced to advocate for…

Senator Lee advances bill to put Utah on equal footing with Alaska, Wyoming

July 13, 2018 0

First, in 1996, at the height of his re-election campaign, President Bill Clinton used the Antiquities Act to create a 1.5 million-acre monument in southern Utah. Environmental activists were on hand for Clinton’s announcement in Arizona, but no one from…

Navarro rejects prosecution’s final attempt to nail Bundy Ranch defendants

July 5, 2018 0

Myhre’s team of prosecutors had dismissed several claims of missing and hidden evidence by the defendants as “fantastical” and a “fishing expedition.” However, an investigation into the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) handling of the 2014 Nevada standoff with the…

Forest Service road closures discriminate against the disabled, young children

June 29, 2018 0

Disabled individuals are barred from entering Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas because wheelchairs are mechanical devices prohibited by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Therefore motorized access to national forests is critical for many disabled, elderly and even very young children…

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