Sagebrush rebellion goes down in flames

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico has ruled that an Otero County resolution permitting the removal of trees from the Lincoln National Forest is unconstitutional because it violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  The court’s order also invalidated the New Mexico state statute upon which the Otero County resolution relied because it too violated the Supremacy Clause.

We’ll hope the Forest Service helps spread the word to the rest of the states and counties that believe otherwise.


  1. They’re going to “take it to the highest court in the land” if they can, which seems like a pretty long shot for the Supreme Court to be interested.

    Apparently the county sheriff is a forester: “Our sheriff is the law.” And all judges are “liberal.” So let’s have paranoid county sheriffs running the national forests.

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