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  • Sheep grazing study suspended: Detailed approach replacing it ( Colorado: Forest Service, BLM )

    08/03/2014 10:07:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | August 01, 2014 | Dale Rodebaugh
    Proposed regulations to guide sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness are so weighty and controversial that the level of environmental examination of the issues is being ramped up a notch. The original Environmental Assessment (EA) of the plan – for which an unusual second public comment period was opened – has been suspended to allow preparation of a more comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Kara Chadwick, recently named supervisor of the San Juan National Forest to replace Mark Stiles, broke the news Thursday in a talk to Club 20. She confirmed it later to The Durango Herald. Chadwick cited heightened...
  • Federal judge denies stay, orders ranchers to remove cows from BLM grazing allotments by May 3

    04/16/2011 9:44:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | April 14, 2011
    TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A federal judge dealt another setback to the J.R. Simplot Co. and other ranchers by reaffirming his late-February decision to halt grazing on 17 Bureau of Land Management allotments covering some 450,000 acres in southern Idaho. Western Watersheds Project director Jon Marvel said Winmill's decision will protect thousands of acres of critical sage grouse habitat from livestock grazing. Marvel's group aims to shut down grazing on public land in the West
  • Grant County ranchers fear financial hit from court-ordered loss of grazing territory (OR)

    01/30/2011 4:07:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | January 30, 2011 | Richard Cockle
    Richard Cockle/The Oregonian/2008 Ken Brooks, a rancher in Grant County, takes a break from  feeding his cows to discuss a federal judge's decision on  steelhead that he says could force him to cut his herd from  450 cows to 150. JOHN DAY -- Rancher Ken Brooks is standing in his ranch yard near the ghost town of Fox , his eyes sweeping the timber-covered Malheur National Forest that holds the key to his future and that of 18 other Grant County ranching families. "They're all pretty angry," he said. "We're all in the same boat. We're unsure what we're...
  • Boise environmental group loses grazing challenge

    09/03/2009 6:59:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 943+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 09/02/2009
    A federal judge has sided with managers of northern Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest and against an environmental group that challenged livestock grazing in the forest. Boise-based Western Watersheds Project filed suit over a 2005 revision to the forest management plan... U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer ruled Monday that forest managers did as the law required -- they took a "hard look" at the environmental consequences of the forest plan.
  • Cattle shown to align north-south

    08/25/2008 8:59:10 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies · 1,710+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/25/08 | Elizabeth Mitchell
    Have you ever noticed that herds of grazing animals all face the same way?Images from Google Earth have confirmed that cattle tend to align their bodies in a north-south direction. Wild deer also display this behaviour - a phenomenon that has apparently gone unnoticed by herdsmen and hunters for thousands of years.
  • Hage takings case victory

    06/06/2008 10:55:27 PM PDT · by marsh2 · 12 replies · 258+ views
    e-mail from Stewards of the Range ^ | 6/6/2008 | Margaret Byfield
    The compensatory ruling from the Court of Claims in the Fifth Amendment Takings case of grazer Wayne Hage was finaly handed down after 17 years. Hage's heirs were awarded $4,220,431.20 plus interest from time of Takings plus attorney costs. Property takings on so called federal land included: improvements of springs and wells; water use rights; roads; fences; irrigation ditches. Takings for cattle impoundment and taking of the "entire ranch" were denied. The 18 page ruling should be posted on the Stewards of the Range website soon. https://www.stewards.us/
  • Ranchers ordered to cut grazing on national grasslands...

    06/04/2008 3:37:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 133+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 4 2008
    The Forest Service says it's trying to protect resources by ordering a 30 percent reduction in cattle grazing on grasslands in southwestern North Dakota. Some ranchers were surprised by the order. Doug Pope is the president of the Little Missouri Grazing Association. He says the Medora District has had more than 4 inches of rain this spring. He says a lot of people thought Forest Service letter ordering the cuts was unwarranted. The Forest Service manages grazing on about 1 million public acres on the National Grasslands. Ron Jablonski is the Forest Service ranger for the Medora District. He says...
  • Federal Grazing Rules Put on Hold

    06/08/2007 7:24:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 961+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/8/7 | REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press Writer
    Boise, Idaho (AP) -- A judge on Friday blocked new rules governing how ranchers use 160 million acres of federal land, saying a federal agency had given in to pressure from the livestock industry. The Bureau of Land Management violated the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act in creating the rules, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled. The judge said the BLM's rule revisions would have loosened restrictions on grazing on public land nationwide, limited the amount of public comment the BLM had to consider and diluted the BLM's...
  • Could grazing the scalp be a cure for baldness?

    05/16/2007 11:05:20 AM PDT · by bedolido · 5 replies · 345+ views
    newscientist.com ^ | 05-16-2007 | Staff Writer
    Could a graze on the head help cure baldness? Biologists had thought that once mammals lose their hair follicles, they are gone forever. Now George Cotsarelis at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and his colleagues have shown that adult mice can regenerate follicles when their skin is wounded.
  • National Archives Indian Records Discarded

    09/21/2005 9:47:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 710+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/05 | John Heilprin - ap
    WASHINGTON - Federal officials are investigating how National Archives documents of interest to Indians suing the Interior Department were found discarded in a trash bin and a wastebasket. The discovery came to light on Sept. 1, when Archives staff noticed federal records in one of the trash bins behind the National Archives Building near the Capitol. They notified the Archives' inspector general, Paul Brachfeld, whose staff recovered the documents. They found at least a portion of the documents were Bureau of Indian Affairs records dating to the 1950s, according to Jason Baron of the Archives' Office of General Counsel, in...
  • Barbaro walks outside, grazing on grass

    08/14/2006 6:14:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 1,157+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/14/06 | Dan Gelston - ap
    PHILADELPHIA - How's this for a breath of fresh air? Barbaro is enjoying daily outings outside his intensive care stall to pick his own grass, enjoy the warm weather and stretch his recovering legs. Barbaro stepped outside his ICU stall and started daily walks on a grassy area near the unit last week for the first time since having catastrophic injuries in the Preakness nearly three months ago. The Kentucky Derby winner, also recovering from a severe case of laminitis on his left hoof, continues to show signs he's on the road to recovery. "It's a big step just to...
  • Deal takes sheep off grazing allotment

    03/17/2006 8:22:02 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies · 758+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | March 17, 2006 | MIKE STARK
    Sheep don't mix well with grizzly bears and wolves. Now they won't mix at all on more than 70,000 acres in the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness. A 74,000-acre sheep grazing allotment south of Big Timber in the Gallatin National Forest has been permanently closed and the ranchers who used it for generations have been paid to move their sheep elsewhere... The agreement is the eighth -- and second-largest -- in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem in recent years that has led to the retirement of about 300,000 acres from grazing. The latest involves the Ash Mountain and Iron Mountain allotments used for generations...
  • Report Says Keeping Public Lands Open for Grazing Costs $123 Million a Year

    11/08/2005 2:35:13 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 30 replies · 655+ views
    AP ^ | November 01, 2005 | Jennifer Talhelm
    WASHINGTON — Federal agencies spend at least $123 million a year to keep public lands open to livestock grazing, according to a government report that environmentalists say bolsters their argument that grazing should be limited. "If we are going to allow grazing on our public lands, the very least we should be doing is we should be recovering the costs," said Greta Anderson, a Tucson, Ariz., botanist and the range restoration campaign coordinator for the Center for Biological Diversity. Jim Hughes, deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management -- which, with the Forest Service, manages 98 percent of grazing...
  • Nature Cult's Devious Tactics Exposed

    10/16/2005 11:42:10 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 23 replies · 559+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Vin Suprynowicz
    VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: Nature cult's devious tactics exposed Nature cultists have been lying for decades about the supposedly "devastating" impacts of ranching, mining, lumbering, and just about any other productive use of the Western lands that you can think of. One of their favorite tactics is to post misleading photos of "damaged" lands on their Web sites -- blithely ignoring the fact that many ecosystems depend on large ungulates (today's cattle partially replacing yestersday's bison, elk or antelope) to trample grass seeds into the ground, fertilize and stir up creeks to promote insect hatches, etc.
  • Rancher (Kit Laney) admits assaulting federal officer in range dispute

    09/15/2004 10:33:17 PM PDT · by cowpoke · 25 replies · 634+ views
    The Westerner ^ | 9/15/04 | AP
    A southern New Mexico rancher pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting or resisting a federal officer and obstruction of a court order. Kit Laney, 43, was arrested March 14 during a roundup of cattle belonging to him and his ex-wife, Sherry Farr, on the Gila National Forest. Authorities said he threatened to trample federal officers with his horse and tried to release some of the impounded livestock. Laney and Farr did not have a permit to graze the cattle. Laney had been charged in federal court with eight counts including assault with a deadly weapon, assault on federal officers and obstruction...
  • Ranchers try to boost alternative grazing method

    09/08/2004 10:58:49 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 33 replies · 1,882+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, September 08, 2004 | Associated Press
    TURTLE LAKE, North Dakota — In the early 1980s, Gene Goven noticed his cattle spent all of their time in one place, grazing on the tender regrowth of their favorite plant species and ignoring the rest. The favored plants eventually dwindled and nonnative species thrived, resulting in less plant diversity and unhealthy soil. After studying the land and the cattle, Goven came up with a new grazing system. He divided his two pastures into 18 smaller plots and gave the cattle only 10 to 15 days in each pasture. As a result, he was able to boost the grazing season...
  • Seeing the big picture

    07/29/2004 6:22:36 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 16 replies · 974+ views
    The New Farm ^ | June 14, 2004 | Lisa Hamilton
    Seeing the big picture Ranchers who practice Holistic Resource Management focus on keeping the native grasses healthy—everything else follows from there. By Lisa Hamilton, Posted June 14, 2004The palette of the High Plains is subtle. From the moment the sun rises in the enormous sky until the moment it sets in the mountains, the land is flooded with sunlight. As the light hits it wrings out the reds and the greens, drains even purples and oranges into submission. There is color here, but no contrast. The valley known as Iron Creek would be no different were it not for the...
  • A Kerry White House Would Reopen the 'War on the West' Says Idahoan

    03/03/2004 4:31:22 PM PST · by hardhead · 6 replies · 232+ views
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | March 1, 2004 | C. L. "Butch" Otter
    President Bush is leading steady progress toward a more rational, realistic and responsible approach to a host of environmental and resource issues close to the hearts of all Idahoans. For three years, the Bush administration has been encouraging stewardship, engaging those who know and understand the issues best. The idea is that people most influenced by federal policies should play a larger role in developing them. The president is committed to being a partner with local folks in the best interest of people and the resources on which they depend. President Bush is working to roll back policies from eight...
  • Understanding "Fee Lands" and Vested Water Rights

    02/16/2004 6:17:39 PM PST · by editor-surveyor · 22 replies · 998+ views
    Eco-Logic ^ | January 15, 2004 | Wayne Hage
    On January 29, 2002, the United States Court of Federal Claims (Court) issued its Final Opinion and Finding of Fact in the property phase of Hage v U.S. This litigation was initiated by the government's argument that Plaintiff could not access the forage and water on lands then administered by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) without a grazing permit. The government's argument was premised on its claim that the grazing lands in question were "public lands"; that the government owned these lands, and therefore, the waters arising on those lands. According to...
  • BLM Announces...Environmental Impact Statement...Sets Public Meetings

    01/04/2004 10:03:16 AM PST · by farmfriend · 3 replies · 133+ views
    BLM Press Release ^ | 01/02/04 | BLM
        The Bureau of Land ManagementNEWS News Menu (Graphics) News Menu (Text) Home Page Last updated: 01/02/04 Bureau of Land Management For Release: Friday, January 2, 2004 Contact: Tom Gorey (202) 452-5137 Molly Brady (202) 452-7714   BLM Announces Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement On Proposed Grazing Rule; Sets Public Meetings on Impact Statement The Bureau of Land Management today announced the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement prepared in connection with a proposed grazing rule that the BLM published last month. The Bureau also announced a series of public meetings that it will hold in the...
  • Cattle Grazers Welcome New Grazing Rules

    01/04/2004 9:43:19 AM PST · by farmfriend · 3 replies · 280+ views
    (AP) Las Vegas Sun ^ | January 02, 2004 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    Cattle Grazers Welcome New Grazing Rules By JOHN HEILPRIN ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - Livestock interests in the West are welcoming the Interior Department's proposed new federal rules for grazing on public lands, though they could cause some short-term harm to the environment. The department's Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental impact statement Friday that conceded "some short-term adverse effects" from the new rules could result among 160 million acres of public lands considered suitable for livestock grazing. But what is grazed is considerably less than that due to drought, wildfires and business decisions. "The numbers are down...
  • CFBF seeks habitat restoration pacts with agencies

    11/05/2003 8:56:09 AM PST · by farmfriend · 3 replies · 138+ views
    Weatern Farm Press ^ | Nov 4 2003 | Dan Bryant
    CFBF seeks habitat restoration pacts with agencies Dan Bryant Online Exclusive, Nov 4 2003 The California Farm Bureau Federation wants to see "partnerships for restoration" with governmental agencies supporting both commercially viable agriculture and habitat for endangered species, according to CFBF managing counsel, Brenda Jahns Southwick. These, she said, would preserve farmland as a valuable resource, not only for production of food and fiber but as a preferred wildlife habitat based on the natural movement of animals, without human manipulation of the environment. During her talk during the recent 22nd Annual Agribusiness Management Conference in Fresno, Southwick said her 95,000-member,...
  • Cattle in Gila Forest Stir Protest

    08/14/2003 7:04:50 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies · 208+ views
    Thursday, August 14, 2003 Cattle in Gila Forest Stir Protest By Rene RomoJournal Southern Bureau     SILVER CITY— The protest signs being paraded in front of the Forest Service headquarters here Wednesday said: "Remove the sacred cows" and "Where's the beef? Trespassing in our wilderness."     Roughly two dozen sign-carrying protesters staged an hourlong demonstration in front of Forest Service offices Wednesday to express their impatience with the agency's failure to remove cattle that Catron County ranchers Kit and Sherry Laney are running in the Gila National Forest without a permit.     Forest Service officials said the case is being...
  • Australian Army to Kill 15000 Kangaroos

    06/26/2003 12:36:34 PM PDT · by yonif · 32 replies · 388+ views
    News-Journal ^ | 6/26/2003 | AP
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP)--The Australian army will kill as many as 15,000 kangaroos to keep a southeastern army base from being overgrazed, a military spokesman said Wednesday. The Defense Department said the plant-eating marsupials threatened the environment in the 104,000-acre Puckapunyal training ground near Melbourne, said Brigadier Mike Hannan. Animal activists vowed to protest, saying the real problem was a fence surrounding the training ground that prevented the kangaroos from roaming freely. Animal Liberation Australia spokeswoman Rheya Linden said more killing could not be justified. ``Kangaroo numbers are severely reduced, not only because of the slaughter last year but because the...
  • Land rules almost done

    03/10/2003 10:15:27 AM PST · by farmfriend · 7 replies · 247+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | March 08, 2003 | Jim Skeen
    Land rules almost done Project addresses off-road vehicles, habitats By Jim Skeen Staff Writer PALMDALE -- A decade-long undertaking to set environmental management rules for the western Mojave Desert will reach two milestones this spring with the release of draft environmental documents evaluating off-road vehicle routes and habitat conservation plans. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is planning to release its draft environmental impact statement for the West Mojave Plan in mid-May and have the plan finalized by February 2004. "The main goal is species and habitat protection and the refining the permitting process," said BLM spokesman Doran Sanchez. "It's...
  • Groups sue Forest Service over fees plan for livestock grazing on public lands

    02/27/2003 7:14:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 290+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 2/27/03 | Paul Rogers
    <p>In a frontal assault on one of the most contentious federal subsidies in the West, eight environmental groups sued the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday for failing to complete a plan in the mid-1990s to increase fees that ranchers pay to graze livestock on public lands.</p>
  • Judge wants to cows to leave

    02/20/2003 10:36:51 PM PST · by farmfriend · 19 replies · 286+ views
    Oregonlive.com ^ | 2/19/03 | The Associated Press
    Judge wants to cows to leave Imnaha River The Associated Press 2/19/03 3:30 AM BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service must re-examine its rules governing grazing on private land inside the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Hubel gave the order this month after the Hells Canyon Preservation Council, a La Grande-based environmental group, accused the Forest Service of failing to protect Imnaha River salmon from the effects of more than 1,000 head of cattle. Hubel did not order grazing to cease, but his ruling is the first step toward cleaning cow excrement from...
  • Ecologist to lead BLM effort to restore Great Basin

    01/04/2003 1:26:35 PM PST · by farmfriend · 28 replies · 466+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | Jan. 3, 2003 | Karl Horeis
    Ecologist to lead BLM effort to restore Great BasinBy Karl Horeis, Appeal staff writer Mike Pellant, a rangeland ecologist from Boise, Idaho, will head the Bureau of Land Management's effort to restore ecological health to the Great Basin -- an area which includes five states. "Mike is one of the smartest guys I know, when it comes to rangeland," said John Singlaub, manager of BLM's Carson City field office. "I've known him for years. He's got some great ideas on how we can do things better both in the Great Basin and throughout the West." The BLM effort, formally called...
  • Free-range cattle can have environmental benefits

    12/27/2002 12:16:24 AM PST · by farmfriend · 22 replies · 922+ views
    Advocates say free-range cattle can have environmental benefits By Rachel Proctor, E/The Environmental Magazine Tuesday, December 24, 2002 In 1995, when Richard Sechrist took over the Texas ranch his family had owned since 1947, it looked like much of the grazed land in the West: barren. Generations of cattle had been allowed to roam freely over the 1,100-acre ranch, trampling favorite pastures into a rock-hard state and munching native plants down to nothing. Weeds and thistles were abundant, while riparian areas were muddy, erosion-prone swamps. Conventional environmental wisdom would suggest that the only way to heal this land is to...
  • Task Force Says Some Grazing OK (Forest Service assessments faulted)

    08/09/2002 12:20:42 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 7 replies · 293+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (subscription required) ^ | August 9, 2002 | Brendan Smith
    Friday, August 9, 2002 Task Force Says Some Grazing OK By Brendan Smith Journal Staff Writer     Range conditions in the Santa Fe National Forest are much better than reported by forest officials, and about half of the closed grazing allotments can still support cattle this year, the New Mexico Range Improvement Task Force reported Thursday.     The task force evaluation was requested by ranchers who were ordered last month to remove all or part of their herds from about 40 grazing allotments, which forest officials said had been damaged by severe drought and overgrazing.     However, the task force...
  • Judge Halts Grazing Near Yellowstone

    05/30/2002 8:03:37 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 6 replies · 203+ views
    AP ^ | 5/30/02 | AP
    BILLINGS, Mont.- A federal judge on Thursday ordered a halt to cattle grazing on land near Yellowstone National Park's western border until the U.S. Forest Service studies how it affects bison. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina adopted the recommendation made by a federal magistrate earlier this month. Conservation groups called the decision a win in their effort to stop grazing in the Horse Butte area, which is frequently used by bison that leave the park each winter in search of food. Fears the bison may spread the disease brucellosis to cattle herds led to a management plan that sometimes calls...
  • TRESPASSING CATTLE: Rancher gets fine, house arrest

    03/12/2002 8:11:10 AM PST · by Willie Green · 31 replies · 404+ views
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Tuesday, March 12, 2002 | SCOTT SONNER -- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Second conviction includes 30 days in halfway house RENO -- A Nevada rancher convicted twice for trespassing cattle on national forest land was sentenced Monday to a halfway house for 30 days and to house arrest for three months. Cliff Gardner, 63, of Ruby Valley, also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and placed on probation for a year for his latest conviction in an 8-year feud with the Forest Service over livestock grazing regulations. After his release from the Reno halfway house, which a federal prosecutor described as a...