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Category: NM Federal Lands News

by Frank DuBois

This month we cover the Forest Service & BLM law dogs, & the relationship between prairie dogs, the plague & peanut butter.

Imagine this scenario:

On a state highway a New Mexico citizen passes a Forest Service LEO. The LEO alleges he did this at a high rate of speed and without using his turn signals.

The LEO turns on his emergency lights and follows the citizen at an alleged 70 mph and turns on his siren.Read the rest

 

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

The topics this month are budgets, enviro lawsuits and toad roads.

Budget time

The House Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal year 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. This legislation includes funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Forest Service.

The bill totals $30.17 billion in funding, a decrease of $246 million from last year and $3 billion less than the President’s request.Read the rest

 

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

 

Topics this month are the unreliable and inefficient management of federal property, the elite setting aside land for the elite, and hogs going wild over Michelle’s menu

Management??

You will often see figures like the federal government owns 650 million acres or the feds claim ownership of 29 percent of the land mass in the U.S.

The truth is, the feds have no idea how much property they own, nor do they know the exact location of all of those lands for which they claim ownership.… Read the rest

 

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

This month we tackle global warming at BLM, the learning curve of ranchers and bicyclists, and a sin tax on meat

According to an internal memo sent in April, the BLM is developing comprehensive guidance on calculating the climate change impacts of various activities on federal land. The memo, from Ed Roberson, assistant director for resources and planning, says climate change is a “reality” and “the rapid warming of the past half-century is due primarily to human activities.” The memo then directs that “all discussion of climate change in BLM’s NEPA documents” be “consistent with this conclusion.”

Notice that it says “all discussion.”  Even though NEPA has all kinds of requirements for public input, as far as BLM is concerned the science is settled and the debate is over.Read the rest

 

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

We have the Bundy Ranch, Smokey’s declining badges and the War on Meat…

Bundy

The confrontation on the Bundy Ranch is back in the news, with enviro groups and a key Congresswoman pushing the BLM to file charges and remove the cattle.

At a recent budget hearing, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) grilled BLM’s Director. “Mr. Bundy and his band of armed thugs are dangerous. They have committed acts that are criminal by threatening federal employees,” said McCollum.Read the rest

 

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

This month’s column covers changes in Congress, changes in a BLM handbook, Ted Turner’s ferrets and the First Lady’s continuing attacks on meat producers.

Congressional Oversight

The elections have brought what could be some exciting changes to Congressional oversight of the land management agencies.

Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has been appointed Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and immediately announced the formation of an Interior Subcommittee to oversee Interior, EPA, and the Energy and Agriculture departments.Read the rest

 

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

This month’s column covers changes in Congress, changes in a BLM handbook, Ted Turner’s ferrets and the First Lady’s continuing attacks on meat producers.

Congressional Oversight

The elections have brought what could be some exciting changes to Congressional oversight of the land management agencies.

Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has been appointed Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and immediately announced the formation of an Interior Subcommittee to oversee Interior, EPA, and the Energy and Agriculture departments.Read the rest