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Andy Rieber, WLJ Correspondent

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May 25, 2012
An environmental group which bills itself as a champion for government agency environmental whistleblowers has released a controversial analysis claiming that recent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) data on rangeland health reveals that 33 million acres of public lands are failing rangeland health standards due to livestock grazing.
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Apr 27, 2012
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is pulling back a final decision after a highly controversial travel management plan on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeast Oregon drew sharp criticism from Rep. Greg Walden, R-OR, who contacted Regional Forester Kent Connaughton to complain that the planning process had turned a deaf ear on local input.
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Mar 30, 2012
1129) was debated. Testifying at the hearing were Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, and Andy Kerr, a long-time anti-grazing activist and, currently, advisor to activist group WildEarth Guardians. Representatives from federal lands agencies also delivered testimony before the subcommittee.
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Mar 23, 2012
Managers of the scenic Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, NM, have given the green light to leasing animal unit months (AUMs) on the preserve to New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Jemez Pueblo for the 2012 grazing season, turning down an offer of $35,000 from Santa Fe-based group WildEarth Guardians to keep stocking rates at zero.
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Jan 27, 2012
Animal health officials in Europe are scrambling for answers after a previously unknown virus cropped up in Germany this November. Provisionally called “Schmallenberg virus” after the German town in which it was first identified, the virus has also been found in the Netherlands, Belgium, and most recently in Great Britain.
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Jan 13, 2012
As the dust around the holidays finally begins to settle, it’s never any fun to find out that a heart-felt gift you gave was returned for cash. It’s bad enough when the returned gift is a sweater or a book, but when it’s the family ranch, the heartache reaches a whole different level.


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