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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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Monday, March 31,2014

House calls for monument designation oversight

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If the president designates 2 million acres of federal land as a national monument, and nobody is around to hear it, can it still bring a local economy to its knees? According to university research, interviewed locals, and Congress, yes, it can. In fact, it’s precisely what happened after President.

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Monday, March 24,2014

Water rights protected

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Whiskey’s for drinking, and water’s for…handing over to the federal government so that they’ll issue you the permits you need to keep your ranching operation going. At least, this appears to be the U.S. Forest Service’s catchy new variation on the old adage.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Property rights win in 'Rails to Trails'

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The Supreme Court took the administrative branch of the federal government to school last week for a lesson in private property rights.

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Friday, March 7,2014

PLC: Standing up for ranchers' rights since 1968

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If you are a rancher with public lands grazing rights, then you know that property rights are as dear as they are fleeting. For you, every day is a fight for the principles that make America great: independence, self-reliance and property rights.

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