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Friday, February 15,2013

Washington cattlemen share wolf experiences

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As the gray wolf expands its territory in the northwest, controversies over the species between ranchers, wildlife agencies, and proponents of the species are also spreading to previously unaffected areas.

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Friday, February 15,2013

Washington politicians consider wolf legislation

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Owing to the nature of Washington’s wolf management plan, which calls for dispersal throughout the state before Endangered Species Act restrictions can be lifted, Rep. Joel Kretz introduced a bill last month calling for the transplantation of wolves into the western portion of the state.

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Friday, February 8,2013

Idaho grazing cuts deeper than anticipated

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
A series of grazing cutbacks announced on Jan. 28 by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) left ranchers in southwestern Idaho’s Owyhee County reeling, and county officials worrying about the region’s economic future.

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Friday, December 21,2012

Washington ranchers at odds with state agencies over stream fencing

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
An ongoing battle underway in Washington is pitting landowners and ranchers against the state Department of Ecology (DOE), Washington’s primary water regulatory agency, over the agency’s claimed authority to force the fencing of stream banks on private property to exclude livestock.

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Friday, November 16,2012

CA livestock researcher to chair UN committee on livestock emissions

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
A recently developed international committee designed to measure and assess the environmental impacts of the livestock industry worldwide has announced its election of California Animal Science professor Frank Mitloehner as its first chairman. The committee is a project of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Friday, September 28,2012

Russia threatens import ban on U.S. cattle over shipping concerns

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The apparently very poor condition of a shipment of U.S. cattle bound for Russian dairy farms has officials in that country considering a ban on the importation of U.S. cattle that arrive via oceangoing vessels. In a statement issued Sept.

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Friday, September 21,2012

Forest Service sued over sheep allotment closures

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The Idaho Wool Growers Association (IWGA), along with individual ranchers in that state, has filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The claim disputes a 2010 decision by officials in Idaho’s Payette National Forest (PNF) to cut sheep grazing allotments on the forest by roughly 70 percent.

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Friday, August 24,2012

Washington water case heads to state supreme court

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The ongoing legal battle between a Washington rancher and that state’s water regulatory agency is now headed to the state Supreme Court in a case that may profoundly affect the level of authority wielded by such agencies, potentially throughout the west.

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Friday, July 20,2012

Fires create two-year grazing delay

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Two massive fires raging for more than a week in the sagebrush ranges of southeast Oregon are finally being brought to heel, according to officials at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). However, restoring the damaged ranges, say officials, may take years.

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Friday, June 22,2012

Judge overturns Idaho sheep grazing decision

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
In a ruling issued June 13, Boise-based U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill determined that a three-year phase out of sheep grazing on Idaho’s Payette National Forest (PNF) will continue this year, overturning an earlier decision by USDA’s Forest Service to delay the process for at least another year.

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