Category Archives: Land Use News

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A Realistic Assessment of Utah’s Role in the Current “Public Lands” Debate — by Todd Macfarlane

  The past few years have been very eventful on the Western “public lands” front.  I put quotation marks around the term/phrase “Public Lands” because according to my evolving understanding,…

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  RANGE magazine has been raising a fuss and a ruckus in favor of ranchers for over 25 years.  Part of RANGE’s mission is to Address Issues Facing the West, and…

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Owyhee Ranchers Still on Pins & Needles About what Obama Might Do Before Leaving Office — Especially After Bears Ears and Gold Butte

This personal message from Our Land, Our Voice, and the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition:  Visit http://ourlandourvoice.com/ Friends: My great-grandfather came to Malheur County from the Basque Country when he was…

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Missing Elements in the Western Land Use Discussion — Op/Ed — by Tim K. Smith

  The western land use events of the last few years seem to have been analyzed, pondered, condemned, praised and generally discussed into a state of confusion and stalemate. For…

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Bears Ears Debate Reaches Fever Pitch

  In the week before Christmas, the Bears Ears Monument debate has reached feaver pitch.  Many are concerned that President Obama will ignore congress, ignore local sentiments, and create one…

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The Bundy Ranch Story — a Video Series — as told by Ammon Bundy

  The Bundy Ranch Story — Part 1 — a Government Gone Rogue   The Bundy Ranch Story — Part 2 — Liberty’s Sacrifice   The Bundy Story — Part…

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Grassroots Movement(s) in Southeastern Utah Defy Obama Monuments Agenda

The proposal to make Bears Ears a national monument has created divisions throughout the state of Utah. But in San Juan County, residents of all backgrounds are taking a stand…

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Ten Myths About Wild Horses in the West

Horses have a greater impact on rangeland vegetation than other ungulates because of their anatomy and foraging habits. Horses can consume 1.25 times the amount of forage than a cow…

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Start of a Rural Revolution? — The “Fly-Over” Political Uprising of 2016 — by Fred Kelly Grant

  In one of the most insightful comments on election night, Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press pointed out that rural Americans had won this race, the people who…

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Smoke Signals and Distortions from Standing Rock North Dakota — by Trent Loos

  On Halloween of 1998, we moved from Missouri to Norris, SD in the heart of the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. I thought it would be “way cool” because my…