Biden’s Conservation Plan Hints at Land Grab, Governors Warn By Petr Svab for Epoch Times LINCOLN, Neb.—Tucked away on page nine of one of President Joe Biden’s executive orders on climate change are two small paragraphs that have raised alarm among governors of more than a dozen states. The paragraphs task theContinue Reading

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue for DESERET NEWS The war on beef in the West Public lands grazing for livestock is under growing pressure When Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared March 20 as “Meatout Day,” urging residents to consume an alternative protein to meat, he provoked a bull market on theContinue Reading

Greg Henderson, Drovers BLM Plans Overhaul of Grazing Regulations The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing to overhaul regulations for grazing on 155 million acres of public lands across the western United States. The BLM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on Tuesday (Jan. 21), andContinue Reading

First published in Range magazine. At conclusion of the 2018 Utah legislative session, Rep. Mike Noel, from House District 73—comprising five full rural southern Utah counties, and parts of two others—announced that after eight terms he was retiring from the legislature. “It’s been a great ride,” he said, “But I’veContinue Reading

First published in Range magazine.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness… But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuingContinue Reading

President Trump signed full pardons on Tuesday for Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and son Steven Hammond, whose long-running dispute with the federal government ended with prison sentences for arson — and later inspired the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.  In its statement announcing the pardon, the White HouseContinue Reading

  First published in Range magazine, Summer 2018 issue.   SEE Also The Laws of Prior Appropriation & Beneficial Use — Realities that Nobody Wants to Talk About.   Divisions and factions in the western ranching industry are nothing new. According to some historical accounts, farmers and ranchers have never been friends,Continue Reading

From Senator Mike Lee’s Website  See Also Senator Lee Goes After Forest Service & BLM Law Enforcement Authority As the primary election season in Utah heats up, a common fixture on the sides of Utah’s roads are the various signs from political campaigns. In each county you are likely toContinue Reading

First published in January, 2017, we are revisiting the issue a year later, based on recent developments, as noted at the bottom. 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 evolvingContinue Reading

I have been sitting back waiting for the dust to settle a little bit in the recent dust-up between the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the Range Allotment Owners Association (RAO). The dust-up has actually been fairly one-sided, with the PLC and some of its attorneys, whom PLC Executive Director,Continue Reading