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News about the land grab

On January 23, 2015 By

The plan to take away our public lands has its best chance ever with this new Congress. Here is some recent news from various places.

In Utah, Ex-secretary of Interior Babbit denounces the land grab-

In Salt Lake City, Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbit has denounced Utah’s role in the effort to seize […]

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About the politics of wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rockies-

Jim Yuskavitch begins his book with the story of wolf B45, the first Idaho wolf to venture into Oregon. She (B45) was a first generation offspring of the wolves brought down from British Columbia for release in Idaho in 1996. Most of his examples and descriptions […]

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The three year old had been collared near Cody, Wyoming-

Wolves continue to pass through and perhaps live in Utah.  A small three-year old female, weighing 70 pounds, has been shot by a coyote hunter near the southern end of the Tushar Mountains […]

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Election results put takers of U.S. public land in a good position?

The 2014 congressional elections put an increased number of supporters and sympathizers of the states taking the public lands of the United States in office. They want the states to take over the national forests, the  BLM lands, maybe the national wildlife refuges, and even some […]

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About the time Cliven Bundy and his supporters were making the BLM fold and sneak way, southern Utah malcontents were staging an illegal ATV ride through a closed-to-motor-vehicles trail in southern Utah. The place was Recapture Canyon on May 10. Off-road vehicle interests were irritated about the closure of the archeologically rich canyon and other […]

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National Wildlife Federation has a plan.

Below is a story from Nibley, in northern Utah (Cache Valley), about a man who wants to get Nibley certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. This is a plan other towns, or groups of neighbors could adopt where a fair number want to create and share […]

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Utah State Government shows its true colors on public lands-

A month ago 20 protesters made a camp near PR Springs, high (8000 feet) on the Tavaput Plateau in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah.

This is oil shale country
For almost a century developers have been trying to figure how to extract the […]

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President Obama could do a lot here- Here are my suggestions for new national monuments which Obama could designate. I have visited every site I recommend here, so I’m personally familiar with the areas. I have tried to put together a list that I think deserve protection, but also have some substantial political momentum in […]

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SL Tribune raises a question about his motives-

Whenever public officials in the West gather to talk about “taking back” (transferring) the U.S. public lands to state ownership, the name Ken Ivory is likely to show up.

We first first heard of this Utah state legislator about two years ago. He has been traveling to […]

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Group asks increase in elk permits so public land cows can continue during drought-

Even though cattle graze for just $1.35 an animal unit month (an AUM) on Forest Service land, a group of central Utah livestock operators has asked the Utah Wildlife Board for an increase in elk permits because there isn’t enough forage […]

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‎"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