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Category: NM Federal Lands News

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

My column this month is about NDAA & CRomnibus … read on to learn of these beasts

NDAA

Two massive budget bills passed Congress just before they adjourned, both of which have impacts on property rights and federal lands.

First up is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Yes that legislation, purportedly to fund our national defense, contains the largest federal lands package to pass Congress since the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act.Read the rest

 

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

My column covers prairie dogs, wolves, wilderness, VIP vacations and horrible school lunches

Prairie Dogs & Interstate Commerce

Contrary to some other court opinions, a federal court in Utah has held the authority of the USFWS to regulate the “take” of threatened species under the ESA does not extend to an intrastate species. The case is People For The Ethical Treatment of Property Owners vs.Read the rest

 

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

My column is about Smokey Bear & mice, wilderness wars, monumental threats and Michelle O’s trash problem

 

Jumping Feds

As previously reported, in an out of court settlement the Feds have listed the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse as endangered. Jumping right on this, the Forest Service has installed, or is proposing to install fencing to keep livestock off of certain riparian areas, thereby limiting or denying livestock access to water.Read the rest

 

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

My column asks, “are we under attack or what?”

 

Are we under attack?

The answer is “yes” and let me

begin to count the ways:

n The Forest Service has issued a policy directive on Groundwater Resource Management. The directive would claim that surface water and groundwater are “hydraulically interconnected” and allow the agency to object to state-regulated projects on “adjacent” land that might harm groundwater.

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by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

My column this month covers reform of the ESA; the EPA and privacy; and Michelle O, the military and school lunch.

 

Is the Endangered Species Act (ESA) ripe for some reasonable reform?

The ESA was passed four decades ago and hasn’t been renewed by Congress since 1988. Under its authority over 1,500 species and subspecies have been listed.  Unfortunately there has only been a two percent recovery rate, which doesn’t say much for the effectiveness of the Act.

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by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

My column this month covers wolves, Smokey the water bandit, food stamps and toilet bowls

Wolves, Mexican and otherwise

Mexican authorities have announced that a litter of Mexican wolves has been born in the wild for the first time in over thirty years. Mexico has been raising breeding pairs in captivity and releasing them into the mountains of western Mexico.
A pair released in December of 2013 has been monitored by officials and a June sighting confirmed five wolf pups in good health.Read the rest

 

by Frank DuBois

The Federal Land Council News

My column addresses states and federal lands, hauling goods in a monument, and Yogi Bear and drones

In my May column I wrote New Mexico and other western states had language in their state constitutions and enabling acts whereby they ceded control over unappropriated public land to the feds.  The language in New Mexico’s constitution reads, “The people inhabiting this state do agree and declare that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated and ungranted public lands lying within the boundaries thereof .

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