The lack of well-defined and transferable federal grazing rights presents serious obstacles to resolving rangeland disputes in a cooperative and mutually beneficial manner. These obstacles have important effects on the decisions to raid or trade among groups seeking to influence federal rangeland policy. Reposted from Free Range Report. Barriers toContinue Reading

Grazing rights are inherently tenuous because agencies continually reallocate rangeland resources and adjust -so-called grazing privileges to meet changing political conditions. Moreover, without the right to acquire grazing permits for conservation uses, environmental groups are forced to rely on these changing and uncertain political processes rather than individual market transactions.Continue Reading

In January 2016, an armed militia group seized control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. Their goal: to protest federal control over western rangelands. It’s the latest episode in a long history of conflicts over the use of federal lands in the West.  Reposted from Free RangeContinue Reading

Editor’s Note:  It seems that most people, especially outside Oregon, know little about what is going on in Harney County, let alone all the back stories.  Certainly the biggest back story relevant to the current so-called “standoff” at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge outside of Burns, in Harney County, is theContinue Reading

Under indisputable drought conditions — during which the BLM is doing little to curb the overgrazing of massive numbers of wild horses throughout the West– the BLM and environmental groups are seeking to curtail cattle grazing, especially in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which has been a hotbed of controversyContinue Reading