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Friday, September 24,2010

Public Lands Council addresses critical issues at annual meeting

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Public Lands Councils (PLC) 2010 meeting was attended by public lands ranchers from across the West who gathered to hear updates, share ideas, and listen to agency and political representatives. Held in Pendleton, OR, Sept.

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Friday, September 10,2010

BLM describes vision for "Treasured Landscapes"

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In response to the demands by the Congressional Western Caucus, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in August released the remaining 14 pages of a controversial document that recommends a new vision for the management of BLM lands under the Department of Interiors Treasured Landscapes initiative.

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Friday, August 27,2010

El Paso pressured to make WWP agreement public

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
One month into what is arguably the widest reaching public lands ranching crisis in recent memory, efforts are ongoing to achieve a satisfactory outcome following El Paso Corporations's agreement to give a total of $22 million dollars to support the Western Watersheds

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Friday, July 30,2010

El Paso Corp. pays off environmental groups

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
El Paso Corporation, parent company of Ruby Pipeline LLC, has struck an agreement with Western Watersheds Project and the Oregon Natural Desert Association to donate approximately $22 million over the next 10 years for conservation and grazing permit buy-outs in exchange for

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Friday, July 9,2010

Split decision in Malheur grazing case yields some progress for Permittees

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Sometimes a win isn’t as simple a thing as carrying home a trophy. In some cases, notably war and litigation, it’s often necessary for the smoke to clear before determining who, if anyone, came out on top. Such was the case in the June 4 final ruling by Judge Ancer Haggerty

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Friday, June 18,2010

Anti-grazing groups sue government agencies

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Public lands grazing fees are again being targeted in the courts, this time by a coalition of groups with a common anti-grazing agenda. In a press release dated June 10, the Center for Biological Diversity, along with other organizations, announced they had filed suit against the Department of the Interior

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Friday, June 11,2010

BLM announces wild horse management direction

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a press release dated June 3, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey revealed that the agency is taking the Federal Wild Horse and Burro Program "in an unprecedented new direction." More to the point, BLM is seeking in-depth

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Friday, June 4,2010

Oregon ranchers doubt effectiveness of "take" permits

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
As wolf depredation escalates, ranchers in northeast Oregon’s Wallowa County may have found a little comfort in the fact that seven wolf "take" permits have been issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), authorizing a handful of ranchers to shoot wolves

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Saturday, May 15,2010

Montana and Idaho seek to increase wolf hunt quotas

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a bid to manage wolf population numbers and stem the tide of livestock predation, Montana and Idaho are considering quota increases of more than double last year’s wolf hunt for the upcoming 2010 season. Factors such as losses of livestock, falling numbers of big game animals

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Friday, May 7,2010

Management still best solution for foothill abortion disease

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
If a cow aborts her calf, she loses her one chance to compensate for her yearly maintenance, not to mention the time and money invested in buying bulls, breeding, preg checking and all the necessary elements of her reproductive upkeep. And while a random 1 percent to 2 percent abortion rate

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