Meanwhile, the BLM sues rancher rather than remove trespass cattle from the Gold Butte allotment-

Last month it was reported that the BLM cancelled a roundup of trespass cattle on the Gold Butte/Bunkerville Allotment because they perceived a threat from Cliven Bundy who wrote to the company contracted to roundup and remove the trespass cattle saying “Cliven Bundy will do whatever it takes to protect his property and rights and liberty and freedoms and those of, We the People, of Clark County Nevada”.  Bundy’s cattle have been in trespass on the allotment for the last 18 years but the impotent BLM has done nothing to remove them.  Yesterday, the BLM filed a lawsuit  asking that the court block “unauthorized and unlawful grazing of livestock”, something that the BLM already has the authority to do through its grazing regulations.

Bundy, described as a throwback to the Sagebrush Rebellion, thinks of these public lands as his own despite longstanding precedent and law which clearly states that the lands belong to the federal government and that livestock grazing on these lands is a privilege and not a right.

Sagebrush Rebellion style politicians have been active recently in both Utah and Arizona.  Both states’ legislatures passed bills that demanded that federal lands be transferred to the states.  In Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed the legislation,  but, yesterday, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill which would have required expensive and, ultimately, unsuccessful litigation.

avatar
About The Author

Ken Cole

Ken Cole, Western Watershed Project’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator, is a 5th generation Idahoan, an avid fly fisherman, wildlife enthusiast, and photographer. He is also serves as a member of the board of directors for Buffalo Field Campaign and as a member of the Sierra Club Grazing Core Team.

One Response to Sagebrush Rebels still fighting to take public lands from the public

  1. avatar Ralph Maughan says:

    A Sagebrush Rebellion resolution passed the Utah State Republican Convention too this spring. However, a survey of those Republicans at the conventions showed that this issue is not much of a motivator for the average Utah Republican activist, but an issue brought in from the top by supporters of oil and coal companies and the small number of Utah ranchers.

Calendar

May 2012
S M T W T F S
« Apr   Jun »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Quote

‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey