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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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Friday, May 30,2014

Peaceful protesters unite at Battle Mountain over NV BLM drought policy

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Moms and dads tighten cinches. A bunch of men argue with a team of white mules destined to pull a chuckwagon bearing the Nevada state flag. Finally, the chaos lines out into a procession through downtown Battle Mountain towards an empty lot across from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) district office.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Sage-grouse bill would give states a chance to prevent an ESA listing

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Allen Freemyer, President of the Western Grouse Coalition (WGC), spoke these words in an interview with WLJ . WGC, of which grazing organization Public Lands Council (PLC) is an active member and supporter, worked with members of Congress to craft and introduce the Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act.

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Monday, May 26,2014

Storm brews over Nevada drought actions

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Cows on the range in Nevada are in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) sights once again. This time, the agency is making blanket claims of drought to justify grazing cuts in areas where grass is knee-high and stock water is plentiful.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Grazing allotment buyouts: Solution, or sell-out?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“No violence, no protesters, no armed federal agents— just a check and a contract.” This is how a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal described what is known as “grazing buyouts” on public lands.

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Monday, May 12,2014

Bighorn regs threaten U.S. sheep industry

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
These were the words of 5th-generation sheep rancher Shaun Sims, who is working to defend his federal lands grazing rights while the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) insists that domestic sheep are threatening “viable” populations of bighorn sheep.

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Monday, April 28,2014

California drought may prompt policy changes

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Unprecedented drought in California combined with regulators’ inflexible commitment to “endangered” species has put the state’s agricultural producers in dire straights.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Ranchers advocate for common sense in Washington

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“Remember, when you walk into those offices tomorrow, you’re the expert in the room when it comes to ranching and what’s happening on the ground,” said Dustin Van Liew, looking out at a crowd of cowboy hats, boots and sport coats.

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