Seems that the BLM is going about things in a different direction….an end run around.
“Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are human restricted management areas. ACECs have been a tool used by the federal government to gain further control of large masses of western lands and the resources.
As proposed, nearly 3 million acres in Southern Nevada will be locked away from the people. This includes most uses on the land (recreational, agricultural or otherwise).”
Read the whole thing. Yeah, the Bundy’s are biased, but still….
If they do this, will “Dirty Harry” still get his solar plant?
I seriously doubt that this is all being done just to "get" Bundy.
And as one of the members of the public that owns the land that he wants to run his for-profit business on without paying us our cut in licensing fees, I say that if he doesn't pay up and continues to basically steal public resources by running his cattle on our lands without paying the licensing fees, those cows need to become public property and I'll volunteer to go out and help round them up this time if need be.
I sora agree with you.
But the Feds don't wn the land, the State does. The BLM is supposed to MANAGE it. and they do so…poorly.
THing is, the "Public" owns the land, but we will, if this goes over, be kept from it.
Much like the Park Service has blocked access to many portions of Federal parks…Because "environment" and "we know better".
Read the whole article. THey want to restrict EVERYONE from this land.
Also a member of the public I wonder how much of this story do we know. To say we know the substantive part is to ignore media bias or poor journalism which is evident in stories about subjects the reader does have knowledge of. The ranchers I know, and I know many, are good stewards. It is strange that Bundy had been selected but not surprising given the BLM/Reid liaison. But if one wishes to go after non-payment then Bundy is small potatoes. That is not excuse any non-payment but to say one doesn't see a commensurate amount of attention given to much larger accounts in arrears.
When viewed from the perspective of Clinton, with surprising speed and little notice, signing 2.3 million acres over to BLM, the ACEC is the latest permutation of that 1996 unprecedented land grab. It was unprecedented both in land area and for the first time acceding administration to the BLM. The action removed lands and rights from the state of Utah and as relief a smaller land swap and cash offer was made to the state. The controversy from the beginning continues to this day. Many ticked off folks up there. See Escalante Grand Staircase Nat'l Recreation Area.