On Oct. 1, a federal district court struck down activist groups’ efforts to force the dunes sagebrush lizard onto the federal endangered species list. States, counties and advocates of private industry in New Mexico and Texas, the lizard’s home states, have hailed the decision as a great success.
The livestock industry has officially dug in with an appeal of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) policy for drought response in Nevada—and has shed light on some troubling application of federal law by the agency.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) says it isn’t a duck…granted, nobody is likely to care. But sometimes, what the agency calls something is important, according to Public Lands Council (PLC) member, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA) Federal Lands Chairman and Arizona rancher David Cook.
Richards will lead PLC through ESA reform efforts and many other challenges and opportunities over the next two years. She knows first-hand the trials and trib ulations ranchers in the West face: She and her husband Tony run a cow/calf operation that depends part of the year on forage from acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Three Northern Nevada families with grazing rights on a range managed by the Bureau of Land Management are hoping for the reversal of BLM actions that are on track to put them out of the ranching business.
Eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington are asking the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to go back to the drawing board on a planning effort that would direct the management of three national forests in the Blue Mountain range. The plan would revise the management framework for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa- Whitman National Forests, roughly 5.
The USFS proposal, which is out for public comment until August 4, asserts federal reserved rights of water on USFS land while at the same time directing agency employees to enforce new permitting requirements on water rights holders, Van Liew explained.
Given this political reality, Congress and the federal land management agencies have to make decisions about what they want to produce on that land. If they decide to do no management at all (i.e., wilderness areas), they’ll probably be producing a lot of smoke.
Moms and dads tighten cinches. A bunch of men argue with a team of white mules destined to pull a chuckwagon bearing the Nevada state flag. Finally, the chaos lines out into a procession through downtown Battle Mountain towards an empty lot across from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) district office.
Allen Freemyer, President of the Western Grouse Coalition (WGC), spoke these words in an interview with WLJ . WGC, of which grazing organization Public Lands Council (PLC) is an active member and supporter, worked with members of Congress to craft and introduce the Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act.
Cows on the range in Nevada are in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) sights once again. This time, the agency is making blanket claims of drought to justify grazing cuts in areas where grass is knee-high and stock water is plentiful.
“No violence, no protesters, no armed federal agents— just a check and a contract.” This is how a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal described what is known as “grazing buyouts” on public lands.
These were the words of 5th-generation sheep rancher Shaun Sims, who is working to defend his federal lands grazing rights while the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) insists that domestic sheep are threatening “viable” populations of bighorn sheep.
“Remember, when you walk into those offices tomorrow, you’re the expert in the room when it comes to ranching and what’s happening on the ground,” said Dustin Van Liew, looking out at a crowd of cowboy hats, boots and sport coats.
If the president designates 2 million acres of federal land as a national monument, and nobody is around to hear it, can it still bring a local economy to its knees? According to university research, interviewed locals, and Congress, yes, it can. In fact, it’s precisely what happened after President.
Whiskey’s for drinking, and water’s for…handing over to the federal government so that they’ll issue you the permits you need to keep your ranching operation going. At least, this appears to be the U.S. Forest Service’s catchy new variation on the old adage.
If you are a rancher with public lands grazing rights, then you know that property rights are as dear as they are fleeting. For you, every day is a fight for the principles that make America great: independence, self-reliance and property rights.