Category Archives: Public Lands

Ranching in the Spotlight — What Most People Don’t Know — the Growing Disconnect

  According to Oregon rancher, Keith Nantz, here’s what most people don’t understand: The Obama Administration has pushed the Western ranching industry to the brink. The Ammon Bundy-led seizure of…

The Ugly Underbelly of National Monument/Park Designations and “Conservation Tourism”

  Why Little Western Towns Don’t Want to Become ‘Another Moab’ Despite its tourist boom, the town that mining, parks, and mountain biking built is straining to get by.  — by…

Another Side: Katie Fite Goes After “Public Lands” Ranchers — Repost by Iwusthe Driver, Editorial Assistant

  According to Katie Fite, a well-known environmental activist often aligned with Jon Marvel and Western Watersheds, Timber Oligarchs Transform Into Beef Barons in Harney County and the Oregon High Desert….

Point of Agreement: the Federal Government is Missing the Mark — Realities Nobody Wants to Talk About — by Todd Macfarlane

More Realities: There seems to be little agreement about all the reasons WHY the Federal Government should NOT be managing such massive amounts of land and resources in the West,…

Fact & Fiction about Support for Bears Ears

According to a recent Op/Ed in the Salt Lake Tribune, new poll shows that the majority of Utahns oppose the president naming Bears Ears region as a new national monument. Coincidence…

Oregon Attorney Weighs in on Adverse Possession Claim

According to Oregon Attorney, Mike Arnold (former Ammon Bundy attorney) Adverse Possession is Available Against Department of Interior in Limited Circumstances Remember when Judge Jones said to the Bundys that…

FIRESTORM — a Growing Symptom of Federal Management

  According to the Oregonian, POOR PLANNING AND TACTICAL ERRORS FUELED A WILDFIRE CATASTROPHE The Malheur National Forest was on red alert. Weather forecasters were calling for abundant lightning and…

Garfield County, Utah Declares Unique State of Emergency

  Garfield County commissioners officially declared a state of emergency based on declining school enrollment, an issue they say reflects a larger problem that has been threatening their communities for…

NEW PERSPECTIVES: A Changed & Humbled Phil Lyman Bares His Soul — Still Doesn’t Believe He “Trespassed”

  BLANDING — San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman had a lot of time to think in his jail cell. He said he had several epiphanies while he read “Hamilton,”…

Western Ranching is Good for the Environment — Realities Nobody Wants to Talk About — Starting with Reality No. 7

Note:  This is the final part of a multi-part series about Seven Realities in the West that the Federal Government and the Mainstream Media don’t seem to want to acknowledge…