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Theodora Johnson, WLJ Correspondent

Apr 8, 2016
Federal agencies, California, Oregon, and a corporation owned by Warren Buffet bucked local opposition last Wednesday when they signed two agreements aimed at removing four major dams along the Klamath River. According to local opponents, the finalization of the agreements was premature and excluded input from the public and affected stakeholders.

Apr 1, 2016
On March 11, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) quietly unveiled a policy that will require “effective separation” of domestic sheep and goats from wild sheep across the West. The new guidance is similar to a U.S. Forest Service policy that is currently under litigation by the sheep industry.

Jan 15, 2016
Public Lands Council (PLC) recently welcomed aboard a new executive director in Washington, D.C. In November, Ethan Lane, a fifth-generation Arizonan, took on the task of shepherding the organization through its lobbying efforts on behalf of ranchers with federal land grazing rights.

Jan 8, 2016
A remote corner of eastern Oregon has made global headlines this week. Harney County ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond went back to prison last Monday— but that’s not likely what caught the imagination of reporters worldwide. Armed protesters professing support for the Hammonds overtook a federal building on Saturday, Jan.

Oct 2, 2015
The livestock industry is losing a valuable team member in Washington, DC, according to ranchers WLJ talked to across the West. Public Lands Council’s (PLC’s) Executive Director Dustin Van Liew is moving on after six years in the position. He will be moving to Texas to work for an oil and gas trade association.

Sep 4, 2015
Death by fire is threatening a growing number of livestock operations in the Northwest. As of Sept. 2, almost 2 million acres of active, large fires raged—mostly in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Many of the infernos are less than 50 percent contained, according to the National Inter-agency Fire Center.

Aug 14, 2015
It’s mid-August, and an all-familiar haze has settled into the Northwest. “Smells like money,” said one rural resident of northern California. Indeed, “fire season” seems to be the new timber industry in the West. The U.S. Forest Service now spends over $1 billion annually on fire suppression.

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