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Friday, January 6,2012

Mixed reviews for BLM sage grouse conservation guidance

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In an effort to prevent an endangered listing of the greater sage grouse, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Lawsuit, wild horse management options

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In the emotionally charged arena of wild horse management, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is finding it increasingly difficult to deploy all the population control tools at its disposal due to legal challenges by horse activists.

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Friday, December 23,2011

Monuments, wilderness will spur economy, say academics

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
A letter signed by 100 academics urged the creation of new national parks, monuments and wilderness areas as a means of injecting much needed financial resources into western states.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Horse legislation spurs speculation over slaughter facilities, unlikely supporters

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The ink had hardly dried on the latest agriculture spending bill when horse industry advocates began toasting the historic removal of a six-year ban on USDA horse slaughter inspection. Signed into law Nov.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Oregon ranchers and agencies join forces to develop monitoring standards

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In an effort to generate vital information to help support sustainable range management, members of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), in cooperation with the Oregon Public Lands Committee and Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB), hosted a broad spectrum...

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Friday, December 2,2011

Legislation would permanently close grazing

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
A cadre of environmental activist groups is celebrating the presentation to Congress of new legislation that would allow for grazing permit buy-outs. If passed, the bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S.

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Friday, November 25,2011

Salazar plays it safe with wilderness recommendations

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Disappointed wilderness advocates used the words “meager” and “pathetic” to describe Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar’s most recent recommendations to Congress for creating new wilderness designations.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Heritage Act divides Montana ranchers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Wilderness advocates and ranchers have often found themselves at loggerheads over how public lands should be managed; ranchers tend to support natural resource use while the wilderness crowd believes uses should be restricted for environmental and personal reasons.

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Friday, November 11,2011

Specter of cattle shootings stalks northern Nevada

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
With gathering and weaning going full tilt, most ranchers in northern Nevada already have plenty on their minds this time of year. But a spate of cattle shootings across the northern half of the state has added an unsettling and slightly sinister aspect to fall works for a number of ranching families.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Clinton-era roadless rule reinstated by courts

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Ten years of legal see-sawing were capped off in late October when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to reinstate a Clinton-era rule that bans road building, rebuilding, and timber extraction on almost 49 million acres of National Forest Service (NFS) land.

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