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Environmental group loses suit filed by cattleman (Ctr. for Biological Diversity)
post-gazette.com ^ | Aug. 19, 2005 | Jim Carlton

Posted on 08/20/2005 10:22:32 AM PDT by madfly

ARIVACA, Ariz. -- Jim Chilton is one of hundreds of ranchers targeted by environmental groups for allegedly allowing cattle to despoil the West's backcountry. Now Mr. Chilton is showing ranchers how to turn the tables on the green groups by using their own playbook.

The Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson is known for its lawsuits against ranching practices -- and for its methods of posting photos on the Internet that it says depict land destruction. So when the Center came after Mr. Chilton, he struck back with a defamation suit in Arizona Superior Court in Tucson last year.

He produced his own photos of lands the group claimed he spoiled in order to argue that their photos had exaggerated the damage. He snapped one photo, for example, of a hillside featured on the Center's Web site to show that what looked like barren earth was just a tiny patch surrounded by lush grass.

After a jury trial this year, Mr. Chilton was awarded $600,000, including $500,000 in punitive damages against the environmental group. "I had to decide whether I was a cowboy


(Excerpt) Read more at post-gazette.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: arizona; biologicaldivcenter; chiltonwebsite; doctoredpics; environment; envirowhackos; greenies; jimchilton; landuse; lawsuite; libel; ranchers; ruling

ChiltonRanch.com

ChiltonRanch.com

1 posted on 08/20/2005 10:22:35 AM PDT by madfly
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To: madfly

Kudos!


2 posted on 08/20/2005 10:25:41 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: madfly; freepatriot32; Carry_Okie

ping


3 posted on 08/20/2005 10:27:39 AM PDT by FOG724 (RINOS - they are not better than leftists, they ARE leftists.)
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To: JoJo Gunn

This should be lubricated (no, hold the lubrication) and put right up the addresses of every whacko, corrupt, nutcase, eviro-nut group in this country!!!

Way to go Chilton!!


4 posted on 08/20/2005 10:28:20 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: madfly

Good work Mr. Chilton! Who knows best how to care for the range but families that have cherished it for hundreds of years.


5 posted on 08/20/2005 10:28:43 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: madfly
Here's a link to the printer friendly version of this story. You really need to go read this to fully understand the story.
6 posted on 08/20/2005 10:33:15 AM PDT by upchuck ("If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the judiciary." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: hedgetrimmer; SandRat; Carry_Okie; SierraWasp; Uncle Bill; forester; independentconservationist; ...
http://www.ChiltonRanch.com

The purpose of this site is to introduce you to the Chilton family and the Chilton Ranch & Cattle Co.

Here, you will learn about the cowboy way of life and how it is being threatened by a group of self-proclaimed environmental activists determined to eliminate cattle grazing.

You will learn about how the Chilton Ranch runs cattle on the Montana Allotment and you will learn about a lawsuit where the Chilton family took on a group of these so-called environmentalists and turned the tables on them.

You will learn about how scientific research supports cattle grazing and how our environmental laws need changing.

You will not find anything for sale on this site, as this site merely seeks to educate the public.


7 posted on 08/20/2005 10:35:32 AM PDT by madfly
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To: madfly

Too bad John Edwards can't be sued and bankrupted for all the defamation he did to the ob-gyns who used to be able to practice in his neighborhood.


8 posted on 08/20/2005 10:36:57 AM PDT by DuckFan4ever (Cindy who?)
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To: upchuck

Thanks. I wasn't sure if we could post full text of stuff from the WSJ .


9 posted on 08/20/2005 10:38:11 AM PDT by madfly
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To: madfly

Thanks for the ping!


10 posted on 08/20/2005 10:39:22 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: madfly; SandRat; AZ_Cowboy

Ping!


11 posted on 08/20/2005 10:41:36 AM PDT by HiJinx (~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Serving Those Who Serve Us ~ Operation Semper Fi ~)
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To: madfly

Way to go Mr. Chilton!


12 posted on 08/20/2005 10:43:42 AM PDT by SolidRedState (E Pluribus Funk --- (Latin taglines are sooooo cool! Don't ya think?))
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To: madfly

This makes my day!!!!!!!!


13 posted on 08/20/2005 10:44:55 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: madfly

It's way past time we sued all the anti american groups into the ground.


14 posted on 08/20/2005 10:47:11 AM PDT by Texas_Conservative2
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To: madfly; All
THANKS, for the Excellent/Informative post(s)/Website. :D
15 posted on 08/20/2005 10:47:21 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: madfly

What a great story - thanks for posting it.


16 posted on 08/20/2005 10:48:00 AM PDT by Blue Champagne (Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri?)
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Chilton Ranch

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In 1888, the Chilton family ancestors arrived in Arizona driving several hundred cattle. The first Chilton Ranch was established near the pioneer town of Livingston, along the Salt River, where Roosevelt Lake is now.

Jim Chilton grew up on Arizona farms and ranches. He graduated from Camp Verde High School and went on to earn three degrees in economics and political science. (B.S., M.S., M.A.) from Arizona State University. He met his future wife, Susan Chemnick, when she was elected freshmen class senator and assigned to the Senate Education Committee, which he chaired.

After earnings his degrees at ASU, Jim worked for the Salt River Project as an economic analyst. Thereafter, he joined the staff of Arizona's legendary U.S. Senator, Carl Hayden, before beginning his career in municipal financing. In the meantime, Sue continued her education at ASU and earned her Arizona teaching credential as well as a Masters in Spanish Language and Literature.

Jim, a rancher by heritage, became a full partner in the Chilton family ranching business in 1979 when he, his dad, and Ken, Sr., bought the Diamond Bell Ranch, west of Tucson. Ken had sold the 7 + A Upper Eagle Creek Ranch, located in the area where their Cosper ancestors had been pioneer ranchers in the late 1800's. (Brother Tom joind the ranch in 1979.) In 1987, Jim and Sue purchased a ranch and home just south of Arivaca. They purchased the neighboring Flying X ranch in 1991 to expand the production capability of the family enterprise.

The Chiltons have been Cooperators with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since 1980. Upon buying their Arivaca ranches, that include two allotments on the Coronado National Forest, the Chiltons implemented a grazing management program providing for rotation of cattle to ensure re-growth and an increase in desired native perennial grasses. They greatly expanded their resource data collection, starting in 1996, by undertaking a detailed riparian survey. In 1998, they invited Professor Jerry Holechek, of NMSU, and Dr. Dee Galt to do monitoring, utilization and production studies on-site.

The Chiltons did extensive photo monitoring and information collection on native plants and wildlife on their ranch. All of this data became very relevant in their battle to renew their grazing permits against the determined, repeated assaults of anti-ranching activists.

One of Jim's allotments, the "Montana", became the object of intensive attacks and the focal point of the (court case) he recently won against the Center for Biological Diversity. A Tucson jury found the Center guilty of malicious, knowing misrepresentations concerning the conditions on the well-managed allotment. The jury also found that the Center for Biological Diversity unlawfully interfered with the Chilton family's ranching business.

Sue was named by Governor Jane Hull to serve a 5-year term on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. She spent five years working to improve relations between the Game and Fish Department and rural residents who provide wildlife habitat.

Jim was named Rancher of the Year in 2003 by the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association. (In 2005, he received the "True Grit" award from the Arizona Cattle Growers' and the "Individual of the Year" award from the Arizona/New Mexico Coalition of Counties. He currently serves as one of Arizona's delegates to the National Public Lands Council that advises Congress on ranching issues.

Jim and Sue raised two sons, James K. Chilton, III and Thomas Carl Chilton. Tom married Jennifer Carnes, whom he met while they were both attending the University of Arizona. They have two children, Ben and Mykenna.

Ken, III is Executive Vice-President of Chilton and Associates, a municipal financial services company, with offices in Arivaca and Los Angeles. Ken is CEO of Chilton Lending Company and its subsidiaries.


17 posted on 08/20/2005 10:50:24 AM PDT by madfly
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To: skinkinthegrass; Blue Champagne; Alamo-Girl

You're welcome. His Attorney, Kraig J. Marton, emailed me with this info. Great way to start the day!


18 posted on 08/20/2005 10:55:01 AM PDT by madfly
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To: Texas_Conservative2

"It's way past time we sued all the anti american groups into the ground."

Use their tactics against them and turn loose the lawyers. This is really the only way to make them think twice before they file.


19 posted on 08/20/2005 10:58:46 AM PDT by Owl558 (Pwease pardan my speling)
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To: madfly

BTTT


20 posted on 08/20/2005 10:59:17 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Cold Heart

And another one. Bump.


21 posted on 08/20/2005 11:26:55 AM PDT by Blue Champagne (Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri?)
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To: HiJinx; madfly; AZ_Cowboy

The Arizona EnviroTaliban Lose one!

HURRAY!!!

Now if we could get the real dirt on Dr. Robin Osama bin Silver, their leader in Phoenix to take him out of play.


22 posted on 08/20/2005 11:27:04 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: madfly
Thanks. I wasn't sure if we could post full text of stuff from the WSJ.

Two solutions to your dilemma.

First, you can go check the no-no list.

Second, and this is my personal preferred method, you can let the software that controls the posting page tell you the article must be excerpted. It does this based on the URL you supply.

23 posted on 08/20/2005 11:30:26 AM PDT by upchuck ("If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the judiciary." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: madfly

One for the good guys! Great article!


24 posted on 08/20/2005 11:33:05 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Islam is a religion of peace...POS! The muslim community refuses to stop its radicals !.)
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To: madfly
Kieran Suckling, a Center co-founder, acknowledges the group’s photos weren’t representative of Mr. Chilton’s whole allotment. “But they’re not supposed to be,” Mr. Suckling says. “What law in the universe says I’m not allowed to take pictures showing (just) damaged areas?”

Earth to Suckling: The law against defamation. You took pictures of isolated damage -- which your membership apparently helped cause and claimed it was the result of Mr. Chilton's cattle.

By the way, doesn't suckling generally describe a young pig? Or am I reading too much into this guy's name?

Mr. Suckling ... says payment of the award could financially devastate the group.

One can only hope Suckling is right, that the award for their reckless actions will bankrupt his center which appears to be for the defamation of ranchers.

25 posted on 08/20/2005 11:37:41 AM PDT by Lunkhead_01
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To: upchuck; madfly
Kieran Suckling, a Center co-founder, acknowledges the group's photos weren't representative of Mr. Chilton's whole allotment. "But they're not supposed to be," Mr. Suckling says. "What law in the universe .... " "Suckling" hehehehe "law in the universe" I'll bet he has no idea that he's referring to Natural Law.
26 posted on 08/20/2005 11:39:01 AM PDT by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US. http://www.lifeethics.org/www.lifeethics.org/index.html)
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To: madfly

Excellent news. Hope there are more victories against the Watermelons Jihad in the future.


27 posted on 08/20/2005 12:37:21 PM PDT by hattend (Alaska....in a time warp all it's own!)
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To: madfly

28 posted on 08/20/2005 1:13:39 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: madfly

I became very familiar with the Center while working for 10 years as a reporter for newspapers in the Southwest. Good outcome on the rancher's suit, but it barely scratches the surface of the problem. The Center usually uses the ESA in filing their suits. ESA needs serious reform


29 posted on 08/20/2005 1:13:47 PM PDT by oldreporter
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To: madfly

Can Alaska sue Hillary Clinton now?


30 posted on 08/20/2005 1:37:05 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: JoJo Gunn
cactus ping

stick it to'em

31 posted on 08/20/2005 5:46:20 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: HiJinx

Thanks for the ping. Kudos to the Chiltons. We need more folks like them who will take a stand for all the other cattlemen getting screwed by these so-called environmentalist groups.


32 posted on 08/20/2005 8:21:56 PM PDT by AZ_Cowboy ("Be ever vigilant, for you know not when the master is coming")
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To: madfly

Thanks for the ping!


33 posted on 08/20/2005 9:43:49 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: madfly

Good News.

Slowly but surely, we have pockets of common sense rising up and whacking the Anti American Watermelons across our nation.


34 posted on 08/21/2005 7:32:55 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The civilized world must win WW IV/the Final Crusade and destroy Jihadism!)
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To: SandRat; SierraWasp

"Arizona EnviroTaliban"

Great Phrasing and wording to describe the anti American Watermelons in Arizona and across our nation.


35 posted on 08/21/2005 7:34:48 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The civilized world must win WW IV/the Final Crusade and destroy Jihadism!)
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To: Grampa Dave

Thanks.

It fits with Dr Robin Osama bin Silver and Mullah Kirin Omar Suckling.


36 posted on 08/21/2005 8:15:07 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Keep it up.

The Green Jihadist Watermelons and regular Jihadists have zero sense of humor. This neat wording cuts them to their bone marrow.


37 posted on 08/21/2005 9:01:10 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The civilized world must win WW IV/the Final Crusade and destroy Jihadism!)
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