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  • If Biden Gets His Way, Your Next Adventure Out West Will Be Canceled

    11/05/2023 5:44:10 PM PST · by george76 · 69 replies
    Federalist, ^ | NOVEMBER 02, 2023 | Matt Miller
    Our freedom to roam is under assault from a plan to close everything off and make us ask permission before we enjoy it.. There is a plan underway to close the great open spaces of the American West to you, me, our children, and our children’s children. The federal government — which owns most of this land — is determined to move from a “use and let use” system of accessing Western public lands to a permission-based system that will mean reservations, permits, and closures. Just last month, the Bureau of Land Management issued a final decision to close 317...
  • Hunting, fishing and hiking at risk due to Biden admin regulations, critics warn: 'Politics at its worst'

    08/25/2023 11:02:31 AM PDT · by EBH · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/25/23
    The Biden administration has repeatedly prioritized policies critics argue are politicized environmental efforts which will make conservation and recreational activities on public lands more difficult. Rules coming down from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could make land unavailable for hunting, fishing and even hiking, outdoorsmen argue. "It really seems to show to me the lack of consideration and thought that is being put in from bureaucrats from D.C. making decisions about how public lands, in the West predominantly, are being managed," Sarah Montalbano, an education policy analyst at the Alaska Policy Forum told...
  • Contentious committee hearing on BLM proposed rule, support of HR 3397

    06/20/2023 10:49:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Fence Post ^ | Jun 16, 2023 | Rachel Gabel
    The House Committee on Natural Resources held a legislative hearing on June 15 on HR 3397, sponsored by Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, to require the director of the Bureau of Land Management to withdraw the proposed conservation rule. In her prepared testimony, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told the committee that nearly 98% of BLM surface lands in South Dakota are grazed by permittees; her state hosts 76 actively producing oil and gas leases that cover 36,762 acres; and the acres managed by the BLM provide recreation opportunities. Noem said the proposed rule overemphasizes conservation rather than the economic needs...
  • BLM Gives Americans 15 More Days To Comment On New Land Grab Rule, But Won’t Show Up To Hear Their Concerns

    06/20/2023 7:55:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Federalist, ^ | JUNE 19, 2023 | Tristan Justice
    While the bureau put more days on the public comment calendar, the administration still has announced no plans to hold additional meetings. After outcry from Western constituencies and their representatives in Congress, the Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period on its proposed public lands rule that threatens to upend those Americans’ way of life. The new rule proposed in March establishes a framework for “conservation leases” elevated over other uses such as mining, grazing, and gas development. The agency guidelines, which were created without a congressional vote, would implement a radical departure from the “multiple use...
  • New BLM Rules On ‘Conservation Leases’ Will Fundamentally Transform Public Land Management

    05/21/2023 4:29:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    The Federalist ^ | MAY 19, 2023 | Tristan Justice
    The new BLM rule introducing so-called conservation leasing will likely become the administration’s vehicle for locking up federal property. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing to fundamentally reshape how public lands are managed without congressional approval. In March, the agency unveiled a sweeping proposal to establish a framework for “conservation leases” that places a newfound priority on preservation. The new Public Lands Rule presents a radical departure from the “multiple use mandate” Congress outlined for the agency in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA). New Rules Are a ‘Game Changer’.. FLPMA requires federal lands...
  • Radical new Biden rule would 'lock up' federal lands Using 'rule' change to alter law adopted by Congress

    05/20/2023 6:55:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 5/19 2023 1240 hrs edt | Bob Unruh
    Joe Biden has made much use of executive orders, sometimes to make changes that would not be adopted by Congress. For instance, among his many agenda points that he's pursued simply by writing down what he wants, he's worked to redefine the word "sex" in the nation's legacy nondiscrimination laws to include "gender identity" and such. Essentially, his agenda has argued that members of Congress, when they adopted a ban on sex discrimination decades ago, to protect women, they were proclaiming that transgenders must be treated as the sex they choose to represent themselves as being. Now Biden is working...
  • Rep. Westerman: Public Lands Shouldn't Be 'Locked Up and Set Aside' for Radical Special Interests

    06/18/2021 3:24:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | June 18, 2021 | Gabriella Hoffman
    I recently caught up with Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR), the current House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member. If Republicans retake the House in 2022, he’s expected to take the gavel from current chair Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ). Naturally, the avid angler phoned in from the 2021 Bassmaster Classic in Houston, TX, and said the event was a nice change of pace from D.C. “When I was a kid, I thought that was what my calling in life was: I was going to be a professional bass fisherman,” the lone registered forester in Congress recounted in an interview for During...
  • Dear President Biden: Don't Restrict Public Lands Access (Dear President Biden? Barf!!!)

    04/16/2021 3:59:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 16, 2021 | Gabriella Hoffman
    A frequent slogan heard in the outdoor community is “keep public lands public.” The catchy #KeepItPublic and #PublicLandOwner hashtags accompanying this mantra are heavily populated on social media. Over the last few years, public lands advocacy has gone mainstream. Seizing upon this momentum, outdoor retailer Patagonia, for example, publicly waged war on former President Trump—accusing him of being a despoiler of natural resources.But where are these vocal advocates today when public lands access is actually under attack? (Crickets.)Public lands belong to us. And efforts by the Biden administration to curb access—under the guise of health restrictions or to incrementally ban...
  • US House passes historic public lands bill pledging to protect nearly 3m acres

    02/28/2021 1:13:20 AM PST · by blueplum · 12 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 28 Feb 2021 | Annette McGivney
    The US House of Representatives has passed a historic public lands preservation bill that pledges to protect nearly 3m acres of federal lands in Colorado, California, Washington and Arizona. The act combines various bills that languished without Senate approval during the Trump administration. Key provisions include permanently banning new uranium mining on land surrounding the Grand Canyon, giving wilderness designation to 1.5m acres of federal land, and preserving 1,000 river miles by adding them to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.... ...The bill, called the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, has strong support from the Biden administration, in...
  • Wildfires Will Become Worse Thanks To Decades-Old Liberal Policies, Says Fire Expert Who Predicted Uptick In Blazes

    09/13/2020 7:30:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | September 13, 2020 | CHRIS WHITE
    Bill Clinton’s land management rules and other liberal policies paved the way for future debilitating wildfires ... Zybach warned of potential disastrous wildfires shortly after Clinton signed a slate of rules in the mid-1990s that drastically reduced logging and road creation on federal lands. ... Shortly before leaving office in 2001, Clinton limited the ability of the United States Forest Service to thin out a dense thicket of foliage and downed trees on federal land... created a ticking time bomb ... “If you don’t start managing these forests, then they are going to start burning up. Thirty years later, they...
  • 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 ^ | 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...