Skip to comments.Rancher: Gov’t ‘Bullying People’ Who Have Been on Western Lands ‘for Generations’ (NM)
Posted on 07/28/2014 1:30:51 PM PDT by jazusamo
(CNSNews.com) At a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation on Thursday, ranchers from Western states testified that they are routinely threatened and bullied by federal land management officials, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife.
I sit before you today to let you know whats going on up there, and I hope that we can come to some kind of agreement on what needs to be done and move forward on it, because enough is enough when it comes to bullying people that have been on this land for generations, Michael Lucero, fourth generation rancher in New Mexico, said in his sworn testimony at the hearing, entitled Threat, Intimidation and Bullying by Federal Land Management Agencies, Part II.
Lucero said his familys ranch was first established by a San Diego Land Grant and was eventually designated as land under the jurisdiction of the Forest Service. He claimed the federal government is driving us completely from the land.
We feel that the government has taken away and are still trying to take away what is rightfully ours, from our grazing rights to our water rights, Lucero said in his prepared remarks. It seems that every year it gets more difficult to continue with our way of life and keep our heritage alive as the government is continually putting obstacles in our path.
My mothers family was driven out of the logging business when the Spotted Owl became an endangered species, Lucero said. They left the valley that they grew up in to find work elsewhere.
Lucero said the Forest Service has used the drought to force ranchers to reduce their cattle herds and the Endangered Species Act to limit grazing on land in his state to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.
This mouse hibernates about nine months a year and requires a 24-inch stubble height of dense grass, Lucero said. If we were not already providing the appropriate conditions, how can the mouse be there?
Jose J. Varela Lopez, who also is a 14th generation rancher in New Mexico, appeared on behalf of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Lopez testified that the endangered species was the biggest culprit in allowing the Fish and Wildlife Service to quash ranching activities.
At the moment, the Fish & Wildlife Service is considering critical habitat for the lesser prairie chicken, the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and two varieties of garter snakes, Lopez said in his prepared statement. Expansion of the Mexican wolf habitats is expected as early as tomorrow.
We have had 764,000 acres in New Mexico and Arizona recently designated critical habitat for the jaguar although only a few male jaguars have been sighted in the U.S. over the last 60 years, Lopez said.
We are awaiting listings and designations for the Canadian lynx and the wolverine even though those species do not exist in our state, Lopez said.
Our government agencies are punishing natural resource users through unnecessary land use designations and restrictions, prompted mainly by radical environmental groups, Lopez said. This preservationist mentality is making it difficult, if not impossible, for renewable resource users to make a living, and is in effect extinguishing the customs and culture of our countrys land-based people.
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), who chaired the hearing, said the witnesses would continue to tell their stories to Congress.
During Part I of the hearing, the committee heard first-hand accounts of mistreatment at the hands of federal officials seeking to extort the witnesses into relinquishing their property rights, LaMalfa said in his opening remarks.
Government agencies, through individual and collective efforts, are actively using land designations and restrictions prompted mainly by radical environmental groups to curtail multiple use on federal land. State and local government have been subjects to threats, lack of cooperation and numerous unfair or heavy-handed tactics, which threaten public safety and threaten the livelihoods of communities, especially those in public land states, LaMalfa said.
Ranking member Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), however, complained that members of the Obama administration were not invited to the hearing and so could not respond to the charges made by witnesses.
Grijalva also said that, for the most part, there are no issues arising from most of the 90 million acres -- mostly in the West -- that require federal grazing permits.
Moreover, he said the people own the land where these ranchers are living and working.
It is the responsibility of the federal land management agencies and their employees to protect the land that is the property of the entire American people, Grijalva said, noting that there are employees that do not live up to that standard in every organization.
Almost all of the witnesses on the two panels at the hearing called on the government to reprimand abusive employees and for Congress to restore freedom of ranchers, including Grant Garber, a Elko County, Nevada, Commissioner.
In 1930, Gandhi began the Salt March that eventually gained freedom for the citizens of India, Gerber said in his prepared testimony. He said that it was the inalienable right of Indian citizens to have freedom and enjoy the fruits of their toil.
Likewise the citizens of Nevada have the inalienable right to freedom and the fruits of their toil, Gerber said. The combined might of the Bureau of Land Management, especially BLM law enforcement and BLM managers like Mr. [Douglas] Furtado, are [depriving] Nevadans of their freedom and the fruits of their toil.
Congress must act to restore freedom, Gerber said.
Elect a democrat........ get bullied.. DUH!...
Read Matt Bracken’s (Freeper Travis McGee) The Reconquista of the Enemies Foreign and Domestic series. Frighteningly similar.
Speaker Blank Check Boehner keeps Free for All Obama in power by not controlling Obamas spending or Impeaching Obama.
Gridlock Reid shuts down the DEMOCRAT BROTHERHOOD GOVERNMENT, (DBG), anytime that Boehner refuses to write Obama a Blank Check.
Free for All Obama is more than happy to play hooky from his day job and fly around on the taxpayers dime to raise Campaign money for Gridlock Reids Senate Candidates, and the DBG.
Blank Check Boehner is the key man to allow Free for All Obama to continue to fundamentally transform America, and Obama knows it.
Force Boehner to resign, and Obama will be at the mercy of New Speaker Jim Jordan or Trey Gowdy.
Keep Boehner as Speaker and there is very little reason to expect Mid-Term Voters to find an effective difference between Republicans and Democrats.
Bye-bye US House, and bye-bye US Senate.
Wasn’t it just in 1948 that the government poisoned the last of the jaguars in the United States? Now these same government people want to bring them back.
The Endangered Species Act is the favorite tool of the radical enviros to close public and private lands.
Many Fed employees and elected officials are members of these radical groups or sympathetic to them, it’s criminal in my view.
They are also trying to shut down mining and keep people from getting on their claims. Mr. GG2 has had a couple of run ins with the BLM guys while out visiting claims in the past. They run hunters off public hunting areas all the time. Its completely out of control. If you don’t live out West you don’t really know about this stuff. The only reason I know is from what Mr. GG2 who is from there has told me. The govt is pretty good at keeping this stuff quiet. Hopefully Congress will step in and put a stop to it.
If it were the greater prarie chicken, then maybe I'd listen. But for the lesser one? Naaahh...
the Spotted Owl became an endangered species by the lying UN Agenda 21 crazies , then by other owls - Never by logging.
Democrat donor Ted Turner also benefited by this scam.
The former Spanish ( before there was a Mexico ) Land grant gave the locals the right to fish, hunt, remove logs for homes and for firewood, etc.
Ted bought the ranch below the hills for an expensive eco lodge that blocks access to the locals . The former Land of Many Uses is now closed unless you pay Ted large money to access this newly created wilderness.
True that...At the time I lived in So OR and the enviro-nazis said the owls habitat was old growth.
They did just fine in second growth and newer but the logging industry was killed anyway.
Then file suit. I mean I get that you’ve been there awhile, but it’s like prosecution. I just don’t have to prosecute you today. I can wait and for a lot of things there is no SOL.
Maybe I’m the lone Conservative but I don’t really feel for thee people who think they are entitled. Sue the government. Fine. But you don’t get it by adverse possession.
CWII Spark The interesting thing about bullies is how they respond to an application of force.
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An old familiar story by now, but I’m glad that at least Congress is allowing people to speak, while they at least pretend to listen.
Something's terribly wrong when we feel lucky to have them pretend to listen…