Natural Resources

Air Force, Interior Department to close off Utah lands for weapons testing

April 20, 2018 0

According to the draft MOA, local governments will coordinate with the BLM to establish checkpoints for entry, and public safety and emergency response plans for communities adjacent to the weapons testing areas. The MOA also contains a provision addressing the…

Good, Bad or Ugly? Interior releases list of first-year accomplishments

April 18, 2018 4

The Interior Department issued a press release touting its accomplishments during year one. Free Range Report invites you to consider the list and share your opinions on these achievements. Are they good and do they expand freedom? Are they bad…

KNRC sues U.S. Fish & Wildlife for noncompliance with Congressional Review law

April 15, 2018 2

Astonishingly, many federal agencies — not just Department of Interior — have for years chosen to ignore the Congressional Review Act requirements when imposing rules on the states, industry, local governments, and the public. For decades, federal management agencies have…

D.C. swamp creatures freak over Zinke’s public lands vision

March 17, 2018 1

His reasoning was that managers with their feet on the ground have the most knowledge of their resources in order to foster multiple use management, the mission of the Department of Interior. This decentralizaiton explains a lot of the pushback…

Ranching

Wolf kills making situation unsustainable for Washington rancher

September 21, 2018 0

He said he supports lethal removal by the department, but that ranchers still need to be allowed to control the predators. Shooting one wolf won’t stop the depredations, he said. “I’m for it, but it won’t solve the problem. It…

Attorney for Ranchers’ group responds to “guilt by association” smear campaign

September 18, 2018 0

"How could such a logical request stir such ire? Because it will affect NCBA’s bottom line. NCBA runs the Federation of State Beef Councils, which gets money from the councils. Thus, if producers give the councils less, less money ends…

Trump’s Rural Revival

September 17, 2018 0

...this turnaround was driven by mining and logging (which went from negative 11 percent job growth in 2016 to positive 7.4 percent in 2018), construction (2.8 percent to 3.5 percent), and manufacturing (negative 0.3 percent to 2.4 percent). Those are…

Independent ranchers win court victory against dubious Beef Checkoff program

April 11, 2018 0

"The Ninth Circuit’s decision today means that yet another set of federal judges has ruled that the government cannot compel independent ranchers to fund the speech of multinational corporations..." Tri-state Livestock News Appeals court rules for R-CALF USA on checkoff…

Land Disputes

National Heritage Areas are stealth land grabs

September 19, 2018 0

This sweeping mandate ensures that virtually every square inch of land within the boundaries is subject to the scrutiny of Park Service bureaucrats and their managing partners. Tom DeWeese American Policy Center NOT ONE INCH… THE BATTLE CRY FOR PROPERTY…

Fours years after Bunkerville, where does Cliven Bundy stand now?

April 13, 2018 3

Cliven and Carol are not in the happiest of moods these days; the men left behind weigh heavy on each of them. “The thought of 'em men still living out their days in prison just breaks my heart.”  Mike Stickler…

Western lands stuck in Limbo due to Congress’ inaction on ‘wilderness study areas’

April 12, 2018 2

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte and Senator Steve Daines have now introduced bills to release wilderness study areas across Montana. Their bills cover 29 different WSAs, because as Gianforte said, “Nearly 700,000 acres of Montana’s public lands have been in limbo…

Following vindications, those who turned backs on the Bundys do about-face

April 4, 2018 8

The BLM also sought to seriously limit anyone and everyone’s access to the so-called public land, and persuaded the FAA to implement a No-fly Zone. The BLM also sought to seriously restrict anyone and everyone’s First Amendment Rights, including freedom…