By Hannah Rider as published on Westwise Acting Interior Secretary has stripped protections to speed drilling and mining Thursday, Acting Secretary David Bernhardt underwent his confirmation hearing to officially become Interior Secretary. He will likely face a final vote in the Senate next month. As a lobbyist and lawyer […]
Source: Western Values Project “This move will impact over 350 species that depend on the “big empty” of the sagebrush sea – habitat that drives over $1 billion in economic output each year from outdoor recreation alone…” After the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released Records of Decision […]
by Jayson O’Neill as published on Western Values Project “It’s been no secret that Western governors have been frustrated with the actions taken by the Interior Department…” David Bernhardt, President Trump’s nominee for Interior Secretary, is so toxic that even former and current GOP governors publicly criticized Bernhardt […]
“So Welfare Ranchers get another handout at the expense of YOUR pocket book and the loss of habitat for wildlife on our public lands. More subsidies, more failed federal programs and a slap in the face to the private ranchers and farmers who pay taxes, maintain and care for their own land…the welfare ranchers of the west continue to rape our public lands and reap their private profits. The wild horses, burros and even sage grouse be damned as the most corrupt agency in the federal government continues to pander to special interests and deep pockets. The Department of the Interior’s BLM just can’t shake it’s addiction to cater to hunting, grazing and extraction special interests…and the wild ones are paying the price.” ~ R.T.
by George Wuerthner as published on CounterPunch “… the BLM failed to note that livestock grazing is by far and away the biggest factor in sage grouse decline across the West…” The BLM just released its decision on its proposed Bruneau Owyhee Sage-grouse Habitat Project (BOSH Project) which […]
SOURCE: Counterpunch.org “Public lands ranchers have always hated the trees. Just like native predators are killed as rancher enemies, native trees (and sage) take up space where grass might grow so they must be destroyed. In all of these projects, BLM ballyhoos wildfire suppression benefits, ignoring that deforestation creates hotter, […]
By Ben Long as published on The Denver Post “Thanks to the unfathomable blood-lust of the BLM our native Wild Horses and Burros could be the next to disappear forever.” ~ R.T. To steal a line from the poet T.S. Eliot: This is the way the world ends […]