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In a recent blog post, Defenders of Wildlife is grossly misleading the public claiming that they have “saved the last wild bison” by participating in and supporting the quarantine of buffalo that originated as wild calves from Yellowstone. Quarantine is a domestication process. There is no benefit from quarantine to bison as wildlife. Quarantine […]

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Politicians claim states will make money managing federal lands. They conveniently avoid the “elephant in the room”

The renewed effort to move the national forests, BLM lands, and maybe national parks and monuments into state management or ownership likes to talk about economics. However, these people don’t use hard economic figures in their quips to […]

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Land transfer to states would mean less land access for typical American-

The idea that the states are really the constitutional, legal, rightful owner of the U.S. public lands is without merit.

Origin of U.S. public lands

The United States owns 650-million acres of land. That is about 30 per cent of the land area of […]

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S.1337 goes far beyond criminalizing videos of Idaho CAFOs-
It’s a threat to outdoor travel and recreation-

By now readers might have received some alerts about S. 1337 which is before the Idaho legislature. It is being portrayed as a threat to documenting what goes on in concentrated animal feeding operations in Idaho. It […]

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Wildlife conservation needs big money to beat back militant ignorance-

Over the years those favoring wildlife conservation found a strategy that worked to build up both the number and diversity of wildlife in the United States.

Until recently those who saw wildlife only as (1) pests or potential pests or (2) animals waiting to become […]

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Lawsuit aims to take back majority of marsh land used to create the Refuge-

A lawsuit by landowners who helped create the Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge in 1965, now threatens is dismemberment.

One of the best known features of the obscure country between the eastern edge of the Snake River Plain and the Wyoming […]

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Utah and Arizona trying to seize national parks, forests, BLM land-

The self-styled “sagebrush rebels” have never won any important victory in court. They have been repeatedly put down, but the idea that ownership of a fair portion of the West by the U.S. government is wrong or unconstitutional keeps coming back as soon as […]

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State parks explore deal with The North Face, other companies, to ease budget crunch

You’ve probably seen it at a public school near you; Coca Cola score boards, exclusive to Pepsi product vending machines in the hallways between class.  Now, Idaho managers are seeking to find ways to commercialize state parks in an effort to raise […]

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Big Energy companies with criminal records given billions in stimulus funds to wreak havoc on our public lands and wildlife.

The Center for Public Integrity has issued a stinging report on how the Obama Administration has bypassed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when issuing permits for energy and other projects which involve federal lands […]

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Michael J. Connor, Ph.D.
California Director
Western Watersheds Project

Secretary of the Interior Salazar is about to initial a series of major giveaways of public lands in California to industrial-scale solar power producers. These “fast-tracked” power plant projects have had truncated environmental reviews in the current administration’s rush to place huge chunks […]

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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