Both Sides of the Fence – Another Look at the Defense Bill Natural Resource Rider

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sending it on to the Senate and then to Obama for approval.  Imbedded in this $585 billion dollar defense bill is a 451 page rider titled Natural Resources Related General Provisions.  This political maneuver of attaching rider bills is frowned upon across …

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Bill to Reform Federal Public Lands Grazing Program Introduced: Act Would Protect Environment, Save Taxpayer Dollars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Contact: Ben Halle, (202) 570-2771 Congressman Smith Reintroduces the Rural Economic Vitalization Act Legislation Would Reform Federal Grazing Program to Protect Environment, Save Taxpayer Dollars Congressman Adam Smith has reintroduced legislation that would address the wasteful, environmentally damaging, and economically inefficient federal grazing policy on our public lands.  …

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Climate change increases stress, need for restoration on grazed public lands

The following article was written by David Stauth.  The entire scientific study is available here. CORVALLIS, Ore. – Eight researchers in a new report have suggested that climate change is causing additional stress to many western rangelands, and as a result land managers should consider a significant reduction, or in some places elimination of livestock …

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