June 24, 2018

Give Trump an “F” When It Comes to Department Head Nominations

It’s been one year since “Make America Great Again” took office in the White House. It’s been one year and the man has failed miserably in his ability to nominate a Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the head of the Bureau of Land Management.

Some may think these appointments (nominations) aren’t that significant. However, when we read the letter I posted earlier today about actions by the BLM that effectively caused the mistrial of Cliven Bundy and others, one has to wonder what kind of leadership exists or has existed in the department in the past.

Perhaps placing nominations to head the USFWS and the BLM are more important than an assistant to the deputy of the vice deputy to represent the powder puff convention?

Why the wait?

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Senate Committee “Hopes” BLM Will Clean Up Its Corruption

Bishop, Westerman Letter to BLM Acting Director

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 10, 2018 – TO: Acting Director Brian Steed

FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop, Chairman Bruce Westerman

Dear Mr. Steed;

On January 8, 2018, a federal judge denied prosecutors’ request to retry Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters for their actions during a 2014 armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), This ruling follows a December 20, 2017 decision by the court to declare a mistrial based on federal prosecutors improperly withholding evidence from the defense. The court’s decision follows numerous reports of serious and systemic misconduct by the BLM official involved in the Bundy case.

Read the entire letter HERE.

Or read it below:

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Interior OIG Report on Dan Love: Nothing Changes. Only Faces and Rhetoric

If you follow through and understand the entire process!

Press Release from the Committee on Natural Resources:

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 24, 2017 –

Today, the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report titled “Investigative Report of Misconduct by a Senior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Law Enforcement Manager.” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement:

“After numerous reports substantiating serious allegations of misconduct including the destruction of federal records, defiance of congressional document requests and misuse of ancient artifacts under investigation as office decor, I expect Interior to hold Dan Love accountable. The people of Utah and Nevada — and the American taxpayers — deserve better.

“I look forward to seeing how this Administration responds to the unethical behavior uncovered by the report. We must take steps to restore trust in federal law enforcement officers and hold employees accountable for their mismanagement of our taxpayer resources.”

Background

The report looked into multiple allegations including the mishandling of evidence from a criminal case, which Love eventually gave as gifts to several people. DOI OIG substantiated most of the allegations including that Love instructed his employee to remove four moqui marbles from the evidence room and that he violated Federal security and records management policy in addition to various regulations related to the conduct of federal employees.

Yesterday, Chairman Bishop sent a letter to Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall requesting an unredacted copy of the report, which was received by the Committee this morning. Click here to read the full letter.

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Statement on President Trump Signing Repeal of BLM Planning 2.0 Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2017

Today, President Trump signed H.J. Res 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY), a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 Rule.

“This rule would have given even more power to the bureaucracy in Washington when what we need is the exact opposite. Reversing this rule is just one of many actions we will take to shift land management decisions back to the people who live in these areas and away from unelected, and in many cases unaccountable, bureaucrats,” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) said.

“I am proud to see H.J. Res 44, overturning BLM Planning 2.0., signed into law today by President Trump. The rule we overturn today would have had far reaching and damaging implications on public lands and our economy in Wyoming.  Planning 2.0 would have given the federal government and radical environmental groups control over land use and resource planning in our state, at the expense of local officials and stakeholders,” Rep. Cheney said.

Background:

On February 7, 2017, the House passed H.J. Res 44 under the Congressional Review Act by a bipartisan vote of 234-186. The Senate followed suit on March 7, 2017.

Over 60 organizations representing counties and localities, governors, farm bureaus, the livestock industry and energy groups supported the passage of the CRA.

Click here for more information.

Passage of Resolution Returns Power to the People

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today joined President Trump at the White House for the signing ceremony of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproval resolution, H.J. Res. 44, which overturns the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) “Planning 2.0” rule. The resolution passed the U.S. Senate with 51 votes and the U.S. House of Representatives with 234 votes.

“When President Trump took office, he talked about returning power to the people, and he did just that today through the repeal of BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule,” Murkowski said. “The repeal of this onerous land management planning rule returns power and decision-making authority back to local and state entities in Alaska and western states. If left intact, it would have harmed grazing, timber, energy development, mineral production, and even recreation on federal lands. Now, those who actually live near BLM lands will once again make planning decisions—not those who work thousands of miles away at BLM headquarters in Washington, D.C.”

Murkowski sponsored the Senate version of the disapproval resolution (S.J. Res. 15) for BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule. Seventeen of her colleagues, including every Republican from a western state with BLM lands within its borders, joined her as cosponsors.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., sponsored the House resolution (H.J. Res. 44), which passed that chamber with 234 votes in February.

“I am proud to see H.J. Res 44, overturning BLM Planning 2.0., signed into law today by President Trump. The rule we overturn today would have had far reaching and damaging implications on public lands and our economy in Wyoming.  Planning 2.0 would have given the federal government and radical environmental groups control over land use and resource planning in our state, at the expense of local officials and stakeholders,” Cheney said.

Nearly 90 stakeholder groups supported eliminating the rule, including the National Association of Counties, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Mining Association, the Public Lands Council, the Alaska Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Chapter of the Safari Club International, Alaska Forest Association, Alaska Miners Association, Alaska Municipal League, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, Alaska Support Industry Alliance, and the Alaska Trucking Association.

Murkowski is chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of the CRA to Overturn BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2017

Today, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large), a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule.

“This rule emboldened federal bureaucrats and placed special interests ahead of local communities and states in resource management decisions. I am pleased the Senate followed the House in passing this joint resolution to restore decision making power to the people who actually live in these areas. These communities need more say, not less,” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) stated.

Planning 2.0 impacts every decision the BLM makes for its 245 million acres of land and over 700 million acres of sub-surface minerals across the West. The rule weakens opportunities for communities to weigh in with local expertise on proposed Resource Management Plans and prioritizes Obama-era administrative memorandum over Congressionally enacted laws governing the BLM’s planning process.

“I am very pleased the Senate voted today to overturn BLM Planning 2.0. Planning 2.0 was a misguided and damaging attempt by the Obama administration to undermine the rights of state and local governments to manage resources and land use inside their own districts,” Rep. Cheney said. “I was honored to introduce the bill repealing 2.0 in the House, and welcome its passage today in the Senate.”

Background:

On February 7, 2017, the House passed H.J. Res 44 under the Congressional Review Act by a bipartisan vote of 234-186. Over 60 organizations representing counties and localities, governors, farm bureaus, the livestock industry and energy groups supported the passage of the CRA. Click here for more information.

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House Committee Wants Answers to Why BLM Hire, Covers-up and Perpetuates Hiring of Sex Perverts and Convicted Criminals

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 2, 2017 – TO: Acting Secretary Haugrud

FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop

Dear Acting Secretary Haugrud:

Over the past several years, many disturbing cases concerning Department of the Interior (Department) employees misconduct have cast doubts on effectiveness of the Department’s hiring, retention, and termination policies. The Department employs “about 70,000 people in approximately 2,400 locations.” As federal employees, these individuals should be held to the highest ethical and professional standards. From April 1, 2009 through September 30, 2016, the Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) referred 310 criminal matters involving Department employees to the Department of Justice for prosecution, which resulted in 209 convictions. Often times, however, Department employees found guilty of sever misconduct were permitted to continue federal service for a prolonged period of time or indefinitely while facing minimal consequences for their actions.

Read the entire letter HERE.

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RMEF Project Protects Montana Elk Habitat, Expands Public Access

*Editor’s Note* – Perhaps because the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation transferred this land to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks – land that abuts the Federal Government – the feds won’t have to stage a murder and lock innocent people in jail, in order to take the land away from the state when the Feds decide they need it. I also have to wonder if any of this land is rich in minerals, minerals that Hillary Clinton has already given to the Russians in exchange for billions of dollars that will go to the Clinton Foundation.

One DOES have to wonder about such things these days. RMEF should tread lightly, unless, of course, they are in on the conspiracy.

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Located in the heart of elk winter range in Montana’s Madison Valley, the Madison-Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is now approximately 10 percent larger thanks to a land transfer from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP).

“This is a tremendously unique project because we not only protected and conserved important elk habitat but actually improved it after removing a 3,000-square-foot home from the site,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation. “This is a classic example of a trophy house in the wrong spot. It was an intrusion on elk winter range but through creativity and partnership, we removed it and left behind open habitat for elk and other wildlife in perpetuity.”

In late 2014, RMEF acquired 631 acres of grassy rangeland 24 miles south of Ennis immediately adjacent to the WMA. The entire southern edge of the property borders the existing WMA while the eastern edge borders Bureau of Land Management land that runs clear to the Madison River.

RMEF recently conveyed the property to FWP.

“This is such an exciting addition to Wall Creek considering everything and everyone that benefit,” said Julie Cunningham, FWP area biologist. “First you have the 2,000 elk that use the WMA as crucial winter range, then the hundreds of mule deer and antelope that migrate through and – of course – the hunters who will now have access to hundreds more acres of huntable public land.”

RMEF oversaw a bidding process in 2015 that led to the removal of the house from the premises. FWP will use the remaining structures for management and administration purposes. The actual home site will be reseeded and a small man-made pond will be reclaimed.

In addition to preventing subdivision, the transaction improves and enhances public access to the now 7,188-acre WMA. It also expands hunting and fishing recreational opportunities, further protects the Madison River watershed, and allows for more elk tolerance by helping to prevent game damage issues.

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Oregon BLM: Document Data Dump Expose It’s all about the Minerals!

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BLM Posts Land for the Sage Grouse?

Following this story, hidden behind claims of protecting the sage grouse, I have come to ask myself what it is that the Federal Government is really doing behind to “Off Limit” signs. It makes little sense that instead of attempting to “save” the sage grouse by utilizing the fascist Endangered Species Act, instead the government opts to “close the land down” for a period of two years while they think about it.

So what is the real reason Government wants this land “Off Limits?”

Following last month’s milestone decision to keep the beleaguered greater sage grouse off the endangered species listing, federal agencies in Utah have temporarily closed more than 233,000 acres of public and national forest lands for up to two years while they determine if the lands’ importance to the ground-based bird habitat is such that they should be made off limits for a longer period.<<<Read More>>>

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Texas Rancher Fights Back Against BLM Land Grab

Furthermore, the BLM claims the deed that proves Aderholt’s ownership of the land, given to his parents by the State of Texas, is worthless.“The BLM is saying we should have never had a deed to it. That Texas should have never produced that deed,” Aderholt said.

Source: » Texas Rancher Fights Back Against BLM Land Grab Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!

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