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NCBA Official has ‘Reservations’ about Salazar Replacement

By of Brownfield Ag News for America

Cattlemen’s Beef Association Ain’t Happy, Shucks!

Sally JewellThe director of federal lands for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is expressing “reservations” about the nomination of Sally Jewell to be the next Secretary of the Interior.

Speaking with Brownfield at the Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Dustin Van Liew says while he likes Jewell’s private sector experience, he does have some concerns with her ties to organizations that advocate restrictions on the use of federal lands for grazing and other uses.

AUDIO: Dustin Van Liew (4:20 MP3)

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  1. I think it is a good sign that she is the right one if NCBA Official has ‘Reservations’ about Salazar Replacement.They are afraid she has common sense and decency .The public lands belong to “the people” not just the greedy ranchers who want the wlid horses,wolves and other wildlife off the land so they can graze more cattle there

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  2. Oh listen to them cry..whiners!!! Hmmm..transparency law because the little special interest groups are getting their attorneys fees paid by the federal government? Did anybody other than maybe Suey Wallas or Dave Duquette maybe know about this free legal service? Or maybe Rick De los Santos? Or maybe the castle and sheep ranchers out west? Funny that it would come up right out of the cattle ranching organizations mouths. Maybe it was their secret…… Maybe an FOIA should be entered on that? See who is actually using it. I doubt that it is any of us..

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  3. I agree it’s good that NCBA doesn’t like Jewell…..BUT do we really need an ex-Mobil oil and ex-bank employee running DOI? This smells like an oil & bank takeover to me.

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  4. Oh does that mean they will have to pay more for the use of grazing land? Will that level the playing field for the horses, what ever is left in the wild?
    I would still like to see the laundry on what Salazar’s involvement with Davis and the missing 1,700 wild horses.

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  5. Mr Van Liew is promoting the multiple use program which is what has become the cornerstone reason for the roundups. Maybe his group will have the chutzpah to stop this nomination…I hope so. The President has clearly made a choice based solely on gender and Gov Gregoire got too much bad press about the annihilation of an entire wolf pack to have ever been confirmed.

    We have to find a way. 20,000 or so wild horses cannot survive another 4 years of BLM Barbarism.

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  6. I was hoping SFTHH would put something up regarding the “Meaters and Equine Whackers Association” in Tampa (home of the failed GOP Presidential Nominee for their convention. RFD-TV is covering the national convention in Tampa.

    BTW, where does NCBA get off having a director of public lands?….do they own those lands?…in charge of those lands?…are they “speechial” peoples? Talk about arrogance and hubris.

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  7. Wow that a strong message. Do you think she has enough clout to assist DNA testing for muti animals and particularly horse. I am going the organic route until I don’t eat horses or other toxins are proof on the label….

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  8. ………..it is time to get privately owned livestock, that ends up as high priced beef on our dinner plates, off of our public lands!!! Unless of course we are allowed to hunt them like big game, and feed our families with them. The wild horses deserve to run free…….

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  9. The Western Energy Alliance, which represents the oil and natural gas industry in the West, also welcomed Jewell’s nomination.
    “Her experience as a petroleum engineer and business leader will bring a unique perspective to an office that is key to our nation’s energy portfolio,” said Tim Wigley, the group’s president.
    Wigley said his group hopes Jewell will work to develop oil and gas on non-park, non-wilderness public lands. (non-wilderness ???)
    Over the past four years, more than 6 million acres of public lands have been leased for oil and gas.

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  10. hmm, well anyone is an improvement over that bastard salazar right, and she’s a woman, who are much more compassionate towards horses and animals in general, in my opinion. keeping my fingers crossed here!

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  11. well, I have not found any other environmental or wildlife organization other than WWP that recognises wild horses as a natural part of the eccosystem, but WWP is the only org that has been able to outsmart outwit and outplay BLM and that is why they are the only one I fully support with donations…BLM has had many generations of opportunities to denegrate wild horses with propaganda to support their mission of exterminating the wild horses..and people don’t f ollow it closely enough..these groups tend to focus only on one species protection….I am very proud of the fact that most all of us also work for ALL wildlife, be they native or not, all public land issues whether or not they involve HMAs or not ..someone has to be “the face” of opposition to BLMs”I am still crazy after all these years” policys…I can only imagine the shredders are working overtime at BLM offices today

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  12. I suspect mine will be an unpopular opinion. I for one am fine with Jewel’s nomination. She is intellegent and moderate and definately knows both the industry and conservation sides. Right now, we need someone who can speak to both sides and build some sort of consensus. A radical on either edge would be counter productive. As for oil and gas – I dislike many of their practices and I sure hate the idea of fracking, but the last time I checked, oil wells don’t eat grass. Oil and gas people are not de facto wild equine haters. Our real enemies on the wild horse ranges are cattle growers who don’t come close to paying their way, and the government people who pander to them.

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    • Oil and gas people are enemies of natural places and the wildlife who live there. Just ask BP. Just look at what’s going on in Canada with the tar sands project. I don’t know anything about her background, or what she will do. I do know the ranchers if they are not happy will pressure their Congressmen and Senators, and that will be that. Not much is going to change.

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  13. Got an email from SAM – seems her eco-sanctuary will be featured in “Luxury Hotels of America”
    for all the people overseas who want to have the wild horse experience AND support our wild horses!
    So nice for all the rich tourists who have no clue at all.

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  14. Agree with Cpl. Erik S. Johnson. Cattle ranchers must use their own private land for cattle grazing. In the center of Florida, we have the largest cattle ranch in the world. Cattle have always done well in Florida. Pull them out of places in the Northwest and put them in sustainable areas where they will eat, sleep, and produce well. For those meat eaters, happy cattle growing. Florida. Lets get back to the basics and create HMA’s that are ecologically, plant friendly, water friendly, the right plant in the right place as we say in Horticulture. Let us get those HMA’s ready to sustain our wild horses once again and provide protection for our wild horses so they can live out their lives with their horse families in harmony with the environment. Ginger Kathrens has followed Clouds group which must be completely protected and preserved for generations to come. We can do this.
    It will take the Nature Conservancy, all National Parks to work with us in regards to rehabilitating these areas for natural habitat. This is where I come in. Develop these lands for our horses and they are to be maintained by private people who have been trained with horse experience and also have plant knowledge, We can do this folks.
    I propose bringing back a new form PCCHA. Professional Community Core Horse Alliance. This is my own thought here. Take young students studying in College and they can obtain CEU’s for maintaining and creating clean, workable habitats along with supervision. They can make a few bucks and gain experience out on the range. We can create a whole new group of caring, professional young adults that can lead our younger generation up the ladder. We can do this.
    So give me feedback and tell me what you all think?
    Big Govt is BROKE SO WE MUST STEP UP TO THE GRASS PLATE. WHAT ARE WE DOING TO DO? Put your thinking caps on and lets get to work my friends. I am planning some incredible things in the future and I personally want to see our wild horses go back out on the range in their own family groups if we can find them. They have been so split apart. We must do this for them. Our horses are speaking and I here the voices of all of you out there, listen to them. They are telling us to put them back out on the range, but they need some help. We can do this. Looking up thank you God for the inspiration.Yes, yes, yes.

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    • Judith Hamilton, As long as you are talking about REPRODUCING herds, I am with you. These wild horses must be returned to their lands, and I think yours is a wonderful idea to make more young people really care. This is very important…..we have to change the mindset of those who only want to destroy & kill. We have to bring about our own generation of caring young people. But how in the hell do we change the mindset of this terrible government?

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  15. I left a comment at the website but they have a moderator so it will not be printed because of what I said. O, well.

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  16. 4.The use of firearms by competent federal agencies or their appointees is a humane method of direct reduction of feral burro population.
    5.The Sierra Club endorses the concept of private ownership of feral burros as pets or pack animals.
    6.The Sierra Club opposes the utilization of feral burros for sporting purposes, including wrangling or mustanging of herd, burro racing, or for any similar activity.
    7.The Sierra Club suggests that, when feasible, carcasses resulting from burro reductions be donated to government institutions

    seriously, this comes from their page stating their policy on feral wild horse and burro populatons..I seriously doubt their membership knows of this policy…They have a FB page, I suggest we get some facts and start posting photos of mustangs and burros over there…we should be trying to inform their general membership

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  17. I agree with Judith. It is important to form some type of coalition that can step in and aid the Wild Horses and Burros. It is important that you come up with a solution if you are addressing a problem. The US government spends 3 Billion, yes 3 Billion dollars a day in Afganistan..as far as I’m concerned 3 billions dollars would go a long way to help our Wild Horses and Burros. The next Secretary of the Interior better have some big Kahunas to address the BLM bunch. This is one of many depts that have not answered or been accountable to anyone. When I called the BLM in DC, I politely asked the person if they knew about the Wild Horses and Burros. She said, I only know from the calls that she has been receiving, so the calls are being made. I certainly would like to give this gal a chance, but ties to the gas and oil industry is questionable. If she is confirmed, it would be in her best interest to look into what has been going on. So I guess I will be emailing and making some more calls to her office. I’m amazed that they have a man so qualified and so eager to take on the challenge of the Dept of the Interior and is just pushed aside. It all boils down to the politics.
    If you want to change something in the system, you have to jump on board and pursue it til the end.
    We can only watch and see what happens. It will be interesting to see if I get an answer from my Legislators on the Congressional Inquiry regarding the Wild Horse and Burro issue. There will be a town hall meeting with my Rep Dan Lapinski tomorrow. I will have an opportunity to talk with him one on one.

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  18. Is this another branch of the Sierra Club?

    SIERRA CLUB ACTIVIST NETWORK:

    http://connect.sierraclub.org/app/render/go.aspx?g=ec6aa601-a447-458b-9821-926652f2699d&xsl=tp_SocialObjects_ObjectType_SIERRA_CLUB_ONLINE_COMMUNITIES_TEAM_PUBLIC.xslt&id=ec6aa601-a447-458b-9821-926652f2699d&cons_id=&ts=1359748675&signature=bef0a2f343cf9c2d67b554f90c3bc77b
    Saving our Horses and Burros
    Team Home
    Summary: Protecting wild horses and burros in their habitats and protecting all horses and burros from kill buyers and abuse . ill

    This is a loose coalition of horse activists needing a central a central point to share information regarding protecting our horses, domesticated and wild, and our wild burros from kill buyers, BLM round ups and the loss of traditional grazing areas on public lands. Also preventing cruelty and abuse by advocating for tougher laws.

    Our Projects
    Under construction!

    Big issues:
    enforcing the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act
    Stopping kill buyers and the slaughter of horses and burros for horse meat
    Rescuing wild horses and burros rounded up by BLM and others
    Protecting the habitats of wild horses and burros
    How You Can Help
    Under construction! We willl figure this out as we go along. Many are already involved in monitoring activities, writing letters, signing petitions, making phone calls and sharing information.

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    • Louie:

      I don’t understand the nature of the communique. Is it just an info post from a SC chapter to warn their members that the wild equine advocates are trying to further mobilize citizens or from an actual SC chapter that is supportive of wild equines? I know for a fact the Toyabee (sp? in CA Sierra Nevadas) SC chapter hates, I repeat HATES wild equine and they have (or did) wild equines in their geographical territory which is mostly run by USDA Forestry Service.

      Anyone know?

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    • Louie:

      This looks like a blog site sponsored or managed by the national Sierra Club where members and supporters can post or start their own project site.

      I wonder if the head shed has noticed that someone has started a wild equine project site? This might get interesting.

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  19. Denise, I think there are a lot of groups within the Sierra Club and this group is FOR our WH&B. It looks as though they are just forming and wanting members and input. You can go to their website and contact them.

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    • I hope that there are chapters and members of the Sierra Club that feel wild equines are integral to North American biological diversity, sustainability and protection.

      Thanks Louie, I did go check it out.

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  20. Certainly two completely viewpoints here = is it the same organization?
    I would hope there are members of the Sierra Club who dont hate wild horses & burros (feral, really?)

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  21. http://connect.sierraclub.org/app/render/go.aspx?g=ec6aa601-a447-458b-9821-926652f2699d&xsl=tp_SocialObjects_ObjectType_SIERRA_CLUB_ONLINE_COMMUNITIES_TEAM_PUBLIC.xslt&id=ec6aa601-a447-458b-9821-926652f2699d&cons_id&ts=1359748675&signature=bef0a2f343cf9c2d67b554f90c3bc77b&cons_id=&ts=1360365965&signature=d090b5b5c2604523625736da7dda5ea1

    Under the heading of activist groups under the Sierra club..looks to me as if they need some members to help them..I have contacted susan muellar who started this and awaiting response.
    During the work we were doing on the Ruby Pipeline we discovered that the Nevada sierra club members who supported the BLMs position were in fact acting on their own and did not necessarily reflect the stance of sierra club et all..I feel if we can talk directly to members via their FB page for SC we could bring members who are unaware of the facts to our side..surely out of 150,000 members there are those open to sharing with WH & B..They should be introduced to some of the photos of mustangs roaming free with their familys..not just the photos of roundups …you have to be able to visualize them in the wild before you can appreciate what they have lost..seeing for yourself, wild horses on public lands is a life altering experience they should appreciate

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    • Thank you, Sandra.

      But the first thing that has to go with anything SC is the term “feral”.

      Besides, wild equines are a native species (possibly never extinct or reintroduced) and there were plenty of endangered animals, amphibians, etc before the war on wild equines. The degradation of ecosystems started with human artificial implementation of nonnative species’ grazing and manmade diversion of timber, water and disturbance of soil for extraction.

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      • I believe that it was in Hope Rydens book in 1970, americas last wild horses that I read of the BLM memo circulated to all offices.. requiring employees to hereafter refer to mustangs as “feral horses”..and there it started…will have to go back and find that link

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      • Thanks again, Sandra.

        But the fact remains that, “feral” (which implies non native and so much range trash) or “native” (which denotes “right to be here”) the 1971 Act was signed to “protect” the range, non owned (save for owned by the citizens of the US) equines. And every state and federal agency is doing everything to wipe them out, with the help of the courts.

        DOI/BLM, USDA should have called them “protected” equines by virtue of the Act. The Congressional Act signed by the President REQUIRES that they are protected. Last I checked Congress called them “Free Roaming “Wild” Horses and Burros”.

        And we all know where that has led us/US and those “protected” equines….to the slaughter house and various cruel deaths and mutilations.

        So why has DOI/USDA been allowed to call them “feral”??????? all these years?????

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      • I worked on a cattle ranch in 69,70 in Northern Nevada near the Owhee,,threre ranged a herd of wild horses on the allotments of the ranch..I asked a million questions about the history..by the way-they didn’t refer to them as feral…they contributed to ranch economcs so they did not complain about them..and would round up a few young ones periodically to break or trade for saddle horses..because they were rounded up every so often…i beleive by horseback and fixed wing plane, – the ranch had its own plane- the mustangs were very spooky and you could only see them from horseback a couple of hills away..I never saw a BLM employee in the whole time I was there to verify how many cows we were running on the allotment which ran up to the Idaho border..I have often wondered wha thappened to that herd after the 71 law passed..I am guessing the ranchers claimed them as their own..at one time they had around 20,000 wild horses there but most were rounded up and slaughtered during world war 2

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