Tag: Bureau of Land Management

Draining the Swamp: BLM HQ Leaving DC for Colorado

 

One reason DC is so swampy is that so many federal agencies are located there. A mid-level bureaucrat can move from HUD to State to Agriculture, spreading bureaucratic groupthink and red-tape-induced sclerosis as they go. A great way to break this paper-pushing cartel is to spread agencies around the nation, preferably closer to the citizens they claim to serve.

On Monday, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced a positive development on that front. The Bureau of Land Management will relocate its headquarters to Grand Junction, CO.

Today is a historic day for our nation’s public lands, western states, and the people of Colorado. Relocating the Bureau of Land Management to the Western Slope of Colorado will bring the bureau’s decision makers closer to the people they serve and the public lands they manage. The problem with Washington is too many policy makers are far removed from the people they are there to serve. Ninety-nine percent of the land the BLM manages is West of the Mississippi River, and so should be the BLM headquarters. This is a victory for local communities, advocates for public lands, and proponents for a more responsible and accountable federal government.

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Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation by Terry Anderson and Donald Leal (2015) of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) is a thorough update of a book they published in 1991. Considering I was in kindergarten back then, I feel like I have a decent claim to being part of the titular “next […]

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Saving the Sage Grouse Hits a Snag

 

600px-Centrocercus_urophasianus_-USA_-male-8The priority directives of firefighting in the West have changed: the spotted owl is out and the greater sage grouse is in. The following quote from the Associated Press, via federalradio.com, is hardly comforting for home owners or ranchers in the West.

Much like how federal protection for the spotted owl 25 years ago has impeded logging, federal protection for sage grouse could restrict energy development and grazing across the Intermountain West. “Some people wish it wasn’t, but it’s a huge deal,” said Ron Dunton, assistant director of fire and aviation for the [Bureau of Land Management]. “If it’s listed, I tell people it will be the spotted owl times 50.

Left unsaid is the failure of the BLM and the Forest Service to thin out brush and dead trees. Part of this failure is due to endless lawsuits filed by an endless line of advocacy groups.

Does Anyone Else Find This Rather Ominous?

 

Senator Harry Reid at a Las Vegas Review-Journal event had some interesting statements to make regarding recent events at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada.

“They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists, I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism….There were hundreds, hundreds of people from around the country that came there,” Reid said. “They had sniper rifles in the freeway. They had weapons, automatic weapons. They had children lined up. They wanted to make sure they got hurt first … What if others tried the same thing?”

The Lesson of Nevada — C.J. Box

 

What is the takeaway from the Feds vs. Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada now that the Feds have high-tailed it? (Caution: the answer may be disconcerting to some readers.)

I won’t go into all the particulars here. The best and most balanced summary I’ve read was written by Logan Churchwell and Brandon Darby in Breitbart and I’d urge you to read it here.