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  • Interior Secretary: Millions of Acres of Federal Lands Now ‘Open for Business’ for American Pleasure and Prosperity

    03/01/2020 8:51:44 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2/29/2020 | Penny Starr
    Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said on Saturday at the American Conservative Union’s 2020 CPAC in Oxon Hill, Maryland, that President Donald Trump has made it a priority to give Americans access to federal lands for both pleasure and business. In keeping with that goal, Bernhardt said that his agency is committed to making sure that 245 million acres in the western United States be “specifically designated to be managed for multiple use.” “We’ve expanded by 1.4 million acres this last year as opportunities for hunting and fishing on public lands and in forests, but more importantly we have ensured the...
  • House Dems propose halt to drilling on public lands in broad climate bill

    12/17/2019 2:05:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2019 | Rebecca Beitsch
    House Democrats introduced sweeping climate legislation Tuesday that would halt fossil fuel production on public lands for at least a year as the nation prepares to drastically cut climate-warming pollution from its own land holdings. The bill from the House Natural Resources Committee requires the Department of the Interior to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions on public lands by 2040. “The Trump administration is handing out drilling and coal mining leases like candy, and no thought is ever given by this administration to the climate change impacts,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) a sponsor of the bill as well as...
  • Privatizing Public Lands

    07/19/2019 5:46:22 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 8 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | July 19, 2019 | Gor Mkrtchian
    Privatizing Public Lands Doesn't Mean Building Shopping Centers 07/18/2019Gor Mkrtchian Protected public lands in the United States — including national forests, national parks, and similar areas — cover nearly 500,000 square miles, or 14 percent of the land area of the United States. The existence of these government-controlled lands gives the federal government immense power over much of the United States, and in some US states, the federal government controls a majorityof the land area. Thanks to the popularity of some public lands, known for their natural beauty, federal control of so much land nonetheless remains popular, and the idea of privatizing...
  • Acting Interior chief moves to protect access to public lands

    03/21/2019 12:58:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 21, 2019 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt ordered Thursday that federal land managers consider public access when selling or trading public land. “This order will help ensure that the Bureau of Land Management considers public access to public lands,” Bernhardt said in a statement. “It requires that before the BLM exchanges or disposes of any land, they must first consider what impact the disposal or exchange of land will have on public access. The Trump Administration will continue to prioritize access so that people can hunt, fish, camp, and recreate on our public lands," he said. This order will address...
  • US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling

    03/21/2019 2:27:57 AM PDT · by blueplum · 22 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 20 Mar 2019 | Cassidy Randall
    n the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account. Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis. The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility,...
  • DuBois column - Senate skullduggery, Trump’role, straight lines, and the Bundy case again

    02/07/2019 9:30:07 AM PST · by cowpoke · 5 replies
    THE WESTERNER ^ | 2/6/2019 | Frank DuBois
    More Senate skullduggery, Trump’s role in this, straight lines, and the Bundy case again Senate chicanery Last month I wrote of the skullduggery applied by both political parties in trying to pass a 680-page federal lands package in the waning moments of the last Congress. Up stepped our hero, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) who just wanted to add two words to the legislation. Alaska and Wyoming are by statute exempt from the Antiquities Act that has been so abused by recent Presidents. Senator Lee wanted to add “and Utah” to that statute. The leadership said no to his amendment,...
  • DuBois column - Legislative legerdemain purposely excludes the public

    01/07/2019 1:18:02 PM PST · by cowpoke
    THE WESTERNER ^ | 1/7/2019 | Frank DuBois
    Legislative legerdemain purposely excludes the public It almost happened, but thanks to Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), it didn’t. In a move of legislative legerdemain, this time led by Republicans, our illustrious Congress tried to pass a 680 page federal lands package in the closing moments of this Congressional Session. To accomplish this they needed unanimous consent, and Senator Lee, along with Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, objected. Not having unanimous consent, the federal lands package failed. Now let’s step back and review how legislation is supposed to be passsed. A bill is introduced, let’s say in the House and...
  • Utah Sen. Lee targeting powers of BLM, Forest Service ( Dan Love vs Cliven Bundy .. )

    05/21/2018 5:51:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 21, 2018 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Dan Love .. led Operation Cerberus ... Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, wants to rein in the law enforcement authority of the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service and is crafting legislation he says will either restrict or abolish their authority. Lee said Monday he aims to hem in powers he says were never envisioned under the Federal Land Management Policy Act of 1976. "Our federal land management agencies have drifted far from their intended purposes.. The BLM has expanded its operations far from public lands." ... The senator added federal land agencies exercise police powers on private land...
  • The Aviator's Droppings: Harry Reid, Steven Barringer, and Howard Hughes' Legacy

    02/14/2006 11:41:08 AM PST · by Fedora · 6 replies · 2,445+ views
    Original FReeper research | 2/14/2006 | Fedora
    The Aviator’s Droppings: Harry Reid, Steven Barringer, and Howard Hughes’ LegacyHarry Reid’s Mob Money, Part 3By Fedora Part 1: Mr. Cleanface’s Dirty LaundryPart 2: Harry’s Henchman Rory Reid As Part 1 mentioned, during Harry Reid’s first Senate run in 1974, he attacked his opponent Paul Laxalt for profiting from association with billionaire Howard Hughes, who had moved into the Las Vegas gambling scene in 1967 with the assistance of Chicago Mafia representative Johnny Rosselli. In the process of criticizing Laxalt, Reid failed to mention that he himself, along with his mentor Donal “Mike” O’Callaghan, had also taken contributions from Hughes....
  • Zinke Signs Secretarial Order to Expand Land Access and Enhance Conservation

    09/20/2017 8:03:24 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 40 replies
    On Fri., Sept. 15, Secretary of the Interior (SOI) Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3356, continuing the Department of Interior’s (DOI) efforts to support sportsmen and women and enhance conservation stewardship. The order seeks to improve wildlife management and conservation, increase access to public lands for hunting, shooting and fishing and puts a greater emphasis on the promoting outdoor activities among youth, veterans and minority communities. -----SNIP----- As noted in the DOI press release, SO 3356 directs bureaus within the department to: 1. Within 120 days produce a plan to expand access for hunting and fishing on BLM, USFWS and...
  • Three reasons Karen Budd-Falen is unfit to lead the Bureau of Land Management

    06/21/2017 10:15:23 PM PDT · by Twotone · 55 replies
    Medium.com ^ | June 21, 2017 | Greg Zimmerman
    Rumors are swirling that President Trump will nominate Wyoming lawyer Karen Budd-Falen to direct the Bureau of Land Management. Budd-Falen is uniquely unqualified to oversee the BLM, a department charged with managing 258 million acres of America’s public lands — and nearly 700 million acres of oil, gas, and other minerals — on behalf of the American public. She has spent her career fighting against the very existence of U.S. public lands, filing frivolous lawsuits against the BLM, working to subvert public land managers, supporting unpopular efforts to dispose of public lands, and even aligning herself with fringe extremists. Here are three important reasons...
  • Land, Energy and Mineral Lockdowns

    05/13/2017 6:30:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/13/2017 | Paul Driessen
    President Trump has directed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review recent land withdrawals under the 1906 Antiquities Act, to determine whether some should be reversed or reduced in size. The review is long overdue. The act was intended to protect areas of historic, prehistoric or scientific value, with areas designated as monuments to be the smallest size compatible with the proper care and management of objects or sites to be protected. The first designation, the 1,347-acre Devils Tower National Monument (NM) respected that intent, as have most designations since then.
  • Trump admin halts Obama-era rule on fracking on public land

    03/16/2017 6:06:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2017 10:22 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The administration said in court papers Wednesday that it is withdrawing from a lawsuit challenging the Obama-era rule and will begin a new rule-making process later this year. The Interior Department issued the rule in March 2015, the first major federal regulation of fracking, the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination and...
  • Legislature prepares for battle over federal ownership of public lands in Nevada

    03/06/2017 3:35:52 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 9 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | March 6, 2017 - 6:03am | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — The decades-long battle over federal ownership of nearly 110,000 square miles of Nevada is about to be re-engaged at the Nevada Legislature. With about 85 percent of those acres under control of a variety of federal agencies — primarily the U.S. Bureau of Land Management — some Nevada political leaders want a transfer of as many as 7 million acres to state control in a first phase that could eventually see large tracts of land become state lands. Economic development is the primary driver for the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution 7, but some proponents see it...
  • U.S. Forest Service barricades a forest road, destroys game trails in Idaho

    06/30/2016 11:10:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 20, 2016 | Marjorie Haun
    The United States Forest Service severely damaged a forest road and trail in Northwestern Idaho earlier this month, raising serious questions about the agency’s ability to care for federally-managed lands. During the first weekend in June, several members of Northwestern Gold Prospectors Association (NWGPA) planned to attend a gathering to prospect private claims in the Bedrock Gulch and Eagle Creek areas. When the prospectors arrived, Forest Road 152 was blocked with cement barricades and hundreds of felled trees. ... Photographs from that day show large logs laid crosswise and laterally on the trail, covered with hundreds of large pine branches...
  • Obama Saving Lady Liberty from Imaginary Global Warming

    06/23/2016 9:29:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/16 | Judi McLeod
    Meanwhile it’s not safe for anybody now that Barry’s come out of the school bathroom and into the parkland The Pirate in the Oval Office is not only fleecing American citizens out of more than 265 million acres of public lands and waters, he’s rubbing their noses in his park acquisition on his way out of the door. Barack ‘Captain-Kidd-you-not” Obama spent Father’s Day weekend hanging out in the park.
  • Rally for Public Lands Held in Seattle

    01/25/2016 8:45:50 AM PST · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    NW Sportsman Mag ^ | 1/25/2016 | Andy Walgamott
    A hunter, veteran, retired fisheries biologist and others rallied for public lands in downtown Seattle early this afternoon. Make no mistake, Mark Heckert of the Washington chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers told a crowd of 75 at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, the group that took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month and their agenda is not going away unless it is countered. Speaking forcefully, Heckert, a biologist from Puyallup, called himself a "patriot" who enjoys going out into the wild country of public lands where he can feel like a king. He said that...
  • How Federal Missteps Make the Case to Transfer Public Lands to States, Localities

    12/28/2015 12:17:56 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | December 27, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A growing number of state organizations seek to remedy what they consider negligent policies and shoddy oversight of public land on the part of federal agencies. Under the umbrella name Transfer of Public Lands, the movement offers a solution to the problem that is simple in concept: transfer ownership and management of public lands administered by federal agencies to equivalent state agencies. These agencies, being accountable to governors, state legislators and citizens, will manage the public lands in a more conscientious, cost-effective way. ... Unlike states east of the Continental Divide, public lands in Western states such as Washington and...
  • Bureau of Land Management set to close 600 miles of Colorado roads

    09/29/2015 9:46:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 96 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 25, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Despite a long process involving collaboration between local officials the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Western Colorado, the federal land agency is proceeding with the closure of roads that have been traveled for 50 or more years. The road closures comprise a portion of the BLM’s Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Mesa County, of which, 73 percent is controlled by the federal government . ... public roads, used by off-roaders, hunters, farmers, ranchers and, during wildfire season, firefighting crews. ... Jody Green, a member of Public Lands Access Association and long-time activist working to preserve access into federally-managed lands,...
  • Recapture Canyon case want judge disqualified ( Utah : BLM )

    07/23/2015 8:22:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Ch 13 ^ | July 20, 2015 | Ben Winslow
    Lawyers for a San Juan County commissioner convicted of his role in a protest ride in Recapture Canyon are asking a judge to disqualify himself, citing his ties to an environmental group. ... Judge Shelby is “close friends” with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance’s legal director, Stephen Bloch, who has advocated for a stiff sentence for Lyman. Judge Shelby disclosed the relationship ... Steve Bloch, on behalf of SUWA, Steve Bloch and his wife Kara are friends of mine and have been for a long, long time. I practiced with Kara at Snow Christensen starting in 1999. My wife and...