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Monday, October 27,2014

Ranchers talk transferring fed's land to states

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
At a recent council meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, some 90 individuals from 14 states convened to discuss the prospect of transferring the majority of federal lands to state ownership. The federal government owns at least 30 percent of each state west of the Rockies—all told, about 50 percent of the West.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Meanwhile, back in Battle Mountain

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
As the Grass March Pony Express makes its way to Washington, D.C., families back on the ranch in Battle Mountain, NV, are doing all they can to handle the loss of their summer pasture.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Lizard listing averted, ESA strategy forming

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
On Oct. 1, a federal district court struck down activist groups’ efforts to force the dunes sagebrush lizard onto the federal endangered species list. States, counties and advocates of private industry in New Mexico and Texas, the lizard’s home states, have hailed the decision as a great success.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Game change: industry appeals Battle Mountain decision

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The livestock industry has officially dug in with an appeal of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) policy for drought response in Nevada—and has shed light on some troubling application of federal law by the agency.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Ranchers seek due process with USFS

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) says it isn’t a duck…granted, nobody is likely to care. But sometimes, what the agency calls something is important, according to Public Lands Council (PLC) member, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA) Federal Lands Chairman and Arizona rancher David Cook.

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Friday, September 5,2014

New PLC president ‚on pitch‚ with producers

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Richards will lead PLC through ESA reform efforts and many other challenges and opportunities over the next two years. She knows first-hand the trials and trib ulations ranchers in the West face: She and her husband Tony run a cow/calf operation that depends part of the year on forage from acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Battle Mountain ranchers hope for BLM reversal

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Three Northern Nevada families with grazing rights on a range managed by the Bureau of Land Management are hoping for the reversal of BLM actions that are on track to put them out of the ranching business.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Forest Service's 'plan revision' rejected

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington are asking the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to go back to the drawing board on a planning effort that would direct the management of three national forests in the Blue Mountain range. The plan would revise the management framework for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa- Whitman National Forests, roughly 5.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Forest Service at it again: New groundwater regs?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The USFS proposal, which is out for public comment until August 4, asserts federal reserved rights of water on USFS land while at the same time directing agency employees to enforce new permitting requirements on water rights holders, Van Liew explained.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Usable range science: The solution to better public land management?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Given this political reality, Congress and the federal land management agencies have to make decisions about what they want to produce on that land. If they decide to do no management at all (i.e., wilderness areas), they’ll probably be producing a lot of smoke.

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