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Saturday, December 1,2012

Obama administration increases critical habitat for spotted owl

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Although the new rule represents a significant increase over the 2008 designation, it was 4.2 million acres fewer than the 13.9 million acres originally proposed by FWS in February, when a draft of the rule was published. All private land and much of the state land originally.

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Friday, November 23,2012

Study urges massive grazing cuts on public lands, cites climate change

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The authors of the study, led by Dr. Robert Beschta—professor emeritus at the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forest ry—urged decision-makers at the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service to “seek and make use of” opportunities to significantly scale back or eliminate grazing for the benefit of rangeland health.

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Friday, November 16,2012

Ranchers await ruling in Montana bison case

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers are protesting a plan to allow hundreds of bison to migrate north out of Yellowstone National Park in winter to seek feed and shelter in an area called Gardiner Basin. Ranchers claim that the Yellowstone bison—50 percent of which are known to carry brucellosis—will endanger the health of their cattle.

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Friday, November 9,2012

BLM investigates possible sale of mustangs for slaughter

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
29-30 in Salt Lake City, Edwin Roberson, BLM assistant director of renewable resources and planning, acknowledged to KSL News that an investigation had been initiated. However, Roberson gave no details indicating whether BLM has uncovered evidence that wild horses have in fact been sold for processing.

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Friday, November 9,2012

Annual Red Angus convention showcases dedication to breeding

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) celebrated 58 years of dedication to producers and breed success at their national convention held at the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino in Reno, NV, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

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Friday, November 2,2012

Arizona voters to weigh in on states' rights measure

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In the latest episode of tug-o-war playing out between states’ rights and public lands, Arizona residents will be casting their votes Nov. 6 on a hotly contested ballot measure that would attempt to reclaim millions of acres of federal lands within Arizona’s borders as property of the state.

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Friday, October 26,2012

New Mexico ranchers fight designation on private land

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Many producers take great pride in the historical and cultural significance of their ranches, but few would want to risk the tangle of red tape and regulations that might result from seeking official recognition on a state or federal historic registry.

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Friday, October 19,2012

EU blocks U.S. horse meat, then reverses decision

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a move that had animal rights activists temporarily cheering, and advocates of horse slaughter scrambling for answers, the European Commission reportedly blocked the import of U.S.-sourced horse meat processed at European Union (EU)-approved Canadian and Mexican kill plants Friday, Oct.

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Friday, October 12,2012

OR ranchers on the frontline

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Skinner’s ranch is tucked into Oregon’s southeast corner, a sagestrewn, remote area of the High Desert dominated by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holdings that are largely used for livestock grazing. The region has a long history of destructive range fires.

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Friday, October 5,2012

Supreme Court rejects appeal of roadless rule

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
A legal appeal of the Clinton-era Roadless Area Conservation Rule (or “roadless rule”) by the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association was rejected Oct. 1 by the court.

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