Sunday, March 22, 2015
Will BLM be Cowed by Ranchers, Miners?
|Standing room only crowd at BLM's RMP meeting, Fallon, NV|
May 19, 2015 Fallon, Nevada
About 170 people crowded elbow-to-elbow in the Churchill County
Commission chamber. More spilled outside, eager to hear about BLM’s new Carson
City Resource Management Plan (RMP) for public lands.
Along with a few other wild horse advocates, I came to dispute a plan that would zero-out bands of mustangs but leave livestock
home on the range. BLM figures 4.8 million acres can sustain only 2,508 wild
horses but 12,600 cattle.
Right off, the crowd was disappointed. BLM staff wouldn’t
answer questions; they came to listen.
Four speakers mentioned wild horses and three represented
the Washoe, Paiute and Shoshone tribes. The
rest of the 6-8:30 pm comment period belonged to the Fallon Tea Party, mining and
livestock industries. Samples from my notes:
"Churchill County is not Sherwood Forest and BLM is not the
Sheriff of Nottingham" (speaker dons green Robin Hood hat)
"We have enough trees" "We have enough protected lands" "We got
"We’re not going through a drought; it’s just a dry period
and mining’s our cash cow"
"Looks like you’re going to drive people off the land"
"I hunt. My kids hunt and I don’t need no Master’s degree"
"Cattle are good for the range and mining is good for the
Why worry? Throughout
the West legislation is being introduced to prohibit the Federal government from managing lands within a state. That would mean an end to public lands and
the meager protection afforded to range, water, vegetation, sacred sites, wild
horses and other wildlife.
Remember Cliven Bundy, a rancher backed by an armed militia
(ladies in front, please) protecting his “right” to skip out on a million
dollars in grazing fees? On March 31 the Bundy Ranch gang, headed by
Cliven’s son Ammon, are coming to the Nevada Assembly to support a Resource
Nevadans only (sorry): Want to enter your opinion of AB408, which would turn all public lands over to the state? .Click here to vote AGAINST giving wild horse lands to ranchers & miners _______________________________________________________________________________
Please watch and listen for further developments.
Labels: BLM, Bundy, Fallon, Jon Ralston, public lands, wild horses
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Terri Farley @ 5:19 PM