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Monday, November 24,2014

Ranchers speak out about Gunnison listing

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“We worked hand-in-hand with FWS in good faith that our actions were going to prevent a listing,” said Colorado rancher and Public Lands Council (PLC) member, Robbie LeValley. “Producers have made a lot of big sacrifices—some of them permanent. The population is documented to be stable.

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Monday, November 17,2014

The Constitution does apply... even to ESA

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Thanks to a group of landowners and concerned citizens in southwestern Utah who took the federal government to court over prairie dog regulations, implementation of the ESA could see a nationwide change of course.

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Monday, November 3,2014

Cowboy Express founder dies, but leads on

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Grant Gerber, the leader of the Nevada-born Grass March/Cowboy Express movement, died last week in the aftermath of injuries sustained on a coast-to-coast horseback ride for land rights in the West.

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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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