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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.