This IS big folks

The U.S. Supreme Court Ends the George W. Bush Era Bureau of Land Management Grazing Regulations Once and For All

Today the United States Supreme Court denied consideration of an appeal by the Public Lands Council of prior federal court decisions overturning Bureau of land Management grazing regulations promulgated during the George W. Bush administration. The decision affects over 160,000,000 acres of public land in eleven western states.

The Public Lands Council was an intervenor in successful litigation brought by Western Watersheds Project, an Idaho based conservation organization that had filed the litigation that overturned the Bush BLM livestock grazing regulations in federal District Court in Idaho in 2006.

On September 1, 2010 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the Idaho District Court’s decision permanently overturning the Bush era grazing regulations as violating the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act thereby affirming the BLM livestock grazing regulations created by the Clinton administration and then-Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt in 1995.

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This is BIG. Now we need to get the Bush Era energy exemptions challenged!

17 thoughts on “This IS big folks

  1. Linda Horn says:

    YeeeHaaa!!! A banner day for WWP! I hope all the pols who played “Dialing for Dollars” on this over the years feel the sting of real justice! Next stop: The Livestock Grazing Act of 2011. Talk about “lock up the land”! Extending grazing permits to 20 years with no EAs required. And when there’s an appeal, it’s business as usual for the lessees until the appeal is settled. With a good lawyer, their grandchildren could still be fighting it out in court! I voted no on PopVox, and sent a detailed comment with references to my Congressmen on the form PopVox provided. Maxed the character count, as usual. Hope they read it!

    BTW, I had to cut-and-paste the link. Hope this one’s live:

  2. Mar Wargo says:

    Isn’t this a huge gift!! After fighting BLM on overgrazing, fees and cattle allotments for 40 years, I am so glad to have this happen in my lifetime!! WWP made the difference. Cheers to Jon Marvel and Katie and all the smart folks at WWP!!!! Whooooopiiiiiiii!!!!!!

  3. Lynette says:

    Yes, a BIG THANK YOU to Western Water Shed Project for this one. This might just save our wild ones! What a great day! Now lets go rub the BLM’s face in it!

  4. Louie Cocroft says:

    BUT….what about mining leases?

  5. savewildhorses says:

    Help me! I don’t understand. Is this a good thing? Sorry, little on the slow side tonight. Please be good news.

  6. Louie Cocroft says:

    This IS good thing. I’m just wondering whether they will be safe from those that covet the other treasures that are in the Public Lands. Remember that fire in Idaho and the Saylor Creek Horses that were taken out of there “for their own protection”?
    Saylor Creek’s Wild Horses Return Home a Year After the Long Butte Fire
    AWHPC Note: In the summer of 2010, the BLM rounded up all the wild horses (196) from the Saylor Creek Herd Management Area in Idaho after a wildfire. Despite receiving over 3,500 public comments urging the return of all horses after it had regenerated, the BLM decided to release just 30 horses to the range. The rest of the horses are being put up… Read more of this article

    • Laura Leigh says:

      You are right.

      WH&B are NOT part of the traditional dialogue with wildlife or watershed groups. WWP has fought a few range regeneration projects that would benefit horses because they are anti fence, period. Delicate spring sources do become degraded. Pipe fencing can protect the sources and seeps can allow horses and other large species access. WWP is anti fence, period.
      Those types of project can increase “grazers.” That definition includes both cattle and horses.
      Our horses ARE in a funky zone.

      HOWEVER the definition I urge folks to use is “protected historic species” or “National Heritage species.”

      There are several areas of law that really need to be addressed. But our Wild Horses DO NOT have a WWP type organization that protects them. WHFF is just a start… but that is what we hope to grow into. However WH&B advocacy is generally not a cooperative venture. It is a fractured effort that does not coordinate legal action nor strategy. Also the litigation that does exist receives very little support.

      That said… one of the things we can all follow up on is giving Grijalva support in asking the GAO for the cost/benefit study on extractive industry on public land. That is LONG overdue and extremely destructive in the manner it is currently being carried out on your public land.

      • Linda Horn says:

        There are over 1,600 protected water sources in Nevada alone. Most are for smaller wildlife, but some are for livestock. Pretty impressive construction! There’s a book containing all current Nevada locations available at the State Engineer’s office for $40. I don’t know if anyone already has a copy, but it might be worth finding out.

      • Linda Horn says:

        It seems WordPress ate my comment … again! There are over 1,600 protected water sources in Nevada alone. Most are for wildlife, but some are for livestock. Pretty impressive construction! There’s a book of current locations and types available at the Nevada State Engineer’s office (Carson City?) for $40. I don’t know if anyone already has a copy, but it might be worth finding out.

      • Linda Horn says:

        It did get posted! Sorry about the double.

  7. Barbara Warner says:

    WWP does it again !!! I am a proud member and encourage others to join.

  8. Barbara Warner says:

    BTW Katie Fite of WWP has helped with the wild horse issues and commented against roundups in WWP’s name. WWP is for removing livestock from the public ranges as well as fences and for protecting riparian areas.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      But the for horses fences around springs (pipe and temporary) could allow horses to remain in areas they are being removed.

      Katie was also helpful as an individual, not WWP, in the Owyhee case with me. Katie rocks.

  9. savewildhorses says:

    Yes, fracking is exempt from the clean water and clean air acts. Thanks to Cheney. Why the EPA has not acted on this, I have no idea.

    • Mar Wargo says:

      It was taken out of their hands, EPA, and it is back in ours. It is up to us to get these abuses places under the EPA again by again, making changes in language.

      With so many taking to the streets it may again be possible to get people to act on the things we need to be watch dogs on… so many things. Doing nothing has been incredibly destructive. Speaking out will help guide people back to caring and pro active responses on many problems we have with post Bush leftovers.

      If corporate America/International can be faced and held accountable we would be back on track to work for our environment and wildlife.

      Work for change!

  10. cssssswv says:

    Wow! Was it ONLY 25 days ago, ‘saveourwildhorses’ commented,
    “fracking is exempt from the clean water and clean air acts. Thanks to Cheney. Why the EPA has not acted on this, I have no idea.” ????
    -> & NOW, the puzzle piece SNAP shut !
    Refer to the ~newer SCARIER development~

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AL, released following statement re: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s ORDER to combine Office of Surface Mining (OSM) into Bureau of Land Management (BLM):

    “I’m deeply concerned about this proposed unilateral action. If it were simply consolidation of ‘administrative functions’, that is something I might support. According to Interior’s release, however, it appears that this proposed Merger would be much more extensive &, I believe, would require amending the separate *organic acts* that Established BLM & OSM.”

    “OSM was specifically established as Separate entity, reporting directly to Interior Secretary, *to Protect its independence as a regulatory body*. I want to make sure that’s protected.
    Proposed merger of B. Land Management –the entity responsible for Leasing land– WITH Office of Surface Mining –the “regulatory” body– seems to fly in the face of arguments DOI used to support establishing the *Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement* as an *Independent entity to regulate* offshore oil development, separate from BOEMRE, which handles offshore leasing.”
    [some asterisks/highlights Added for emphasis..]

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