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  • Understanding "Fee Lands" and Vested Water Rights

    02/16/2004 6:17:39 PM PST · by editor-surveyor · 22 replies · 998+ views
    Eco-Logic ^ | January 15, 2004 | Wayne Hage
    On January 29, 2002, the United States Court of Federal Claims (Court) issued its Final Opinion and Finding of Fact in the property phase of Hage v U.S. This litigation was initiated by the government's argument that Plaintiff could not access the forage and water on lands then administered by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) without a grazing permit. The government's argument was premised on its claim that the grazing lands in question were "public lands"; that the government owned these lands, and therefore, the waters arising on those lands. According to...