Skip to comments.“Spotted Owl Of The Range” Threatens To Block Obama’s Nominee To Lead Interior Dept.
Posted on 03/23/2013 9:54:48 PM PDT by george76
Sally Jewell on Thursday breezed through a committee vote to lead the Interior Department but the agencys proposal to list the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens to block her nomination from reaching the full Senate.
some Republican lawmakers were not satisfied with Jewells responses to written and oral questions about her past association with the National Park Associations lawsuits against the government and future plans to list the sage grouse as an endangered species.
Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) threatened to put a hold on Jewells nomination before it goes to a floor vote unless the agency commits to using science, instead of the fear of a lawsuit, in making a final determination on the sage grouse listing.
Those who are anxious to get grazing off of public land have used the sage grouse as a tool and a vehicle to do that, Risch said. Indeed, some have said they will make the sage grouse the spotted owl of the range.
Its really unfortunate that it takes a nomination like this in this type of a process in order to get urgency out of a federal agency. As we all know, urgency is not the hallmark of the federal government, Risch said.
The proposal to list the grouse as endangered is part of a lawsuit settlement the Obama administration struck with environmental groups.
Western lawmakers are warning that the action would have devastating effects, particularly in Colorado where millions of acres would be blocked from producing oil, gas and for other uses.
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said the Interior Department and local officials need to sit back down at the negotiating table to find a compromise before a bird like that gets listed.
(Excerpt) Read more at thecoloradoobserver.com ...
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as endangered, and a proposed rule to designate approximately 1.7 million acres of critical habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 ...
This includes grabbing private lands from ranchers and family farms, not just preventing grazing allotments on public lands.
There’s still sage grouse hunting in Idaho. Don’t believe for a minute that these birds are “endangered”
The communists, eco-facists, and fed are using this fake sage grouse issue to grab private property and stop domestic energy production ...
Kind of like the attempt a few years back to list the Prairie Dog as an endangered species.
You know, I don't think that woman
has a lick o' sense. If'n I was a sage grouse
I'd be more worried about chicken hawks
than I would some cow eatin' grass.
You know, with ‘Grouse Helper’ sage grouse tastes like prairie chicken.
Last year, I drove from Deeth, NV to Jarbidge. Over the years (everywhere in NV), but especially in that area especially between that road and the Mary’s River, I have seen ridiculous quantities of sage chickens. On this drive, it started at dusk, and I literally, no exaggeration, ran over more than 30 sage chickens. I did not do it on purpose, the damn things were unavoidable, and I will not roll a vehicle to miss a bird. So if I can hit 30 sage chickens on a 20 foot wide 50 mile stretch of road before it started ascending into mountains (and I saw and didn’t hit way more than that), I fail to see how they are endangered.
I’m going to follow you home with a net on my bumper. ;^)
Until you ran ‘em over, they weren’t endangered. But those were the last twenty.
Hey Colorado.....how does sucking up to the dims over gun registration / confiscation sound now....
.......those that sup with the devil need a long spoon....
and your spoon just melted.
Don’t remember the Prairie Dog but I do know California tried to list the Rattlesnake back in the 90’s I think it was.
So did you back up and scoop some up.....
how did they taste?
I guess like spotted owl.
Share your recipie.
As bad as it was to attempt to list this bird, the listing of the Greater sage-grouse will be DEVASTATING! Its range is huge, and in some places, localized. Which basically means that virtually ALL of the Interior West could be closed for any sort of development, grazing, recreation, etc.
This is war, and the Eastern Leftists know it.
Every Westerner should rise up and fight this tyrannical power grab. If enough voices are heard, we could win this one.
Let me take that back: We HAVE TO win this one.
Thanks for the ping, George!
Big story going on in the West for your outdoor ping list, if you’re interested.
I thought Obama was going to name Punxsutawney Phil Secretary of the Interior. Oh well, maybe I was thinking of Global Warming Czar.
With Bald Eagles, for example, if there are hundreds or thousands living in your state or anywhere else, but you have one nesting eagle in a tree on your property, they are free to define your property as a site where the eagles are endangered and all ESA rules apply.
Same holds true for range land ... they just need to define an area, find a species for which the counts are as plausibly low as they can claim and declare ESA rules. Simple. And the public is snookered once again
As they have been snookered for the past 40 years this has been going on, since the Great Hero of the Right Nixon founded the EPA and signed the ESA into existence.
Thanks for the data on the Gunnison and Greater sage-grouse, Fly. Sounds like this “species hood” for the Gunnison could well have been a planned tactic for the enviros to get their foot in the door. That may sound a little far out but I wouldn't put anything past these nutjobs.
If they should get both listed under the ESA it will completely change most all the western states and your term “devastating” could be an under statement.
These enviro-nazi nutjobs are nothing but evil!
It's started in the 70s with listing of increased penalties for the taking of Bald Eagles - endangered by the unfounded assumption the DDT usage was causing them harm. This despite huge base populations in the West and Alaska. It was not uncommon to hear someone say that there aren't any, no matter that those casual observations were made from living rooms and from within assorted tall city buildings
Having had success with know-nothing public and the finest lawyers which could be purchased with Federal funds, they continued with the Spotted Owl to drive loggers out of the most productive woods, and then went on to use the Marbled Muirlette to drive non-indian drift nets off the water.
Like the Balds Eagle, the Spotted Owl, and the Marbled Muirlett, their claims were based on selective data and outright falsities. And now they are coming for the Grouse.
The effects on Natural Resource Harvesters in the West was devastating - as it was meant to be ... No one listened to us at the time, now it is your turn.
Hey, I'll be heading out for my full-on field season very soon so I will be incommunicado for most of Spring until July. But I'll check FR every chance I get with my smartphone, so keep those pings coming and I'll do the same.
Smartphone! Ha! I can use one now. I'm evolving......! Lol!
Just so you know, when I said "It's starting" I meant with the sage-grouse and the singular battles occurring in the Interior West.
The environazi movement is like terminal cancer. It's spreading everywhere.
My son has had a smartphone for a year or so and says it's the only way to go but then he's a lot smarter than me so I said I'd pass. LOL!
The eco-facists are going hard on this.
Even using armed DHS agents for back up.
They are on a large campaign to shut down all domestic energy production.
But killing thousands of endangered Eagles and other birds by wind mills is ok.
The enviro-facists are trying to do the same thing down here in southeast NM and West Texas with listing the lesser prairie chicken as endangered. This will not only affect ranchers but also the oil and gas industry.
Congressman Steve Pearce is taking the lead in fighting this with the DOI’s F&WS. He succeeded in preventing the endangered species listing of the desert sagebrush lizard by organizing conservation areas with the oil companies who ponied up big bucks in support of these. The F&WS backed off (for now) but the same Tucson enviro-Nazis who sued to prevent logging/timber thinning in spotted owl areas (i.e. everywhere - and we know how that worked out - terrible large forest fires destroying huge areas of AZ/NM the past couple of years) are suing to force the lizard listing.
A good summary of how we stopped the lizard listing and what needs to be done to stop the chicken listing:
The enviro-Nazis will try any fish, bird, worm ... trick to stop farming, ranching, fishing, logging, mining ...
Thanks for the article.
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“Last year, I drove from Deeth, NV to Jarbidge. Over the years (everywhere in NV), but especially in that area especially between that road and the Marys River, I have seen ridiculous quantities of sage chickens. “
Last time regarding Jarbidge it was the ‘endangered’ bull trout!
Jarbidge Shovel Brigade Removes ‘Liberty Rock’
“Jarbidge Shovel Brigade Removes Liberty Rock”
Aye, I was fortunate enough to attend that event. There was a weak group of protestors that were mostly ignored. Was fun. They even sold nice tee-shirts that said “tree huggers suck”
Sorry I missed meeting you. All our work from then is wiped from FR, sad to say.
I guess you could say they are endangered if they happen to be on a road you’re driving on.
We had this problem in the Alabama river with the mythical Alabama sturgeon. Only two have ever been caught and they were both Mississippi sturgeon. Feds said there COULD be an Alabama sturgeon but finally gave up.
"Look at the grouse"
A little long but shows that grasslands need grazing in order to be healthy.”””
Funny—Americans need the product of that grazing to be healthy, also !.