the "Public" Back In "Public Trust"
of America’s public lands would threaten our outdoor heritage,
and destabilize Montana’s outdoor economy"
- Rick Potts
"All truth passes through 3 stages..."
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EMWH was contacted by the Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland,
Oregon. They are hosting their annual Environmental Law Symposium.
This years focus is Development
in the Public Trust Doctrine. They had seen my Theodore
Roosevelt Public Trust Doctrine Conservation Postcard and asked
to use it on their webpage and on their posters for the event.
I was more than pleased to contribute to such an event. We need
more awareness of our Public Trust Doctrine. I look forward
to the papers and presentations from this event.
Quick note on sending in public comments to legislators during
the session - while recognizing that they serve to represent the
citizens of Montana, basically our employees, please be respectful,
as a good employer would towards an employee, in expressing your
desires for how you would like to see Montana managed. Look at
this as an employment issue. Watch
the Bills and how they vote, if they are not representing
Montana, politely notify them of your displeasure and that you
will not be voting for them again and vote them out. Our Legislators
will only be as responsible and accountable as the Public that
votes for and oversees them.
Transfer is a folly no matter
how you look at it
"Because the outcome wasn’t what she wanted, she is now proposing
to drag out the issue even more — at taxpayers’ expense. It is
folly to think that another 18 months will produce a different
How long do we need to study a bad idea before we conclude it’s
still just a bad idea? It’s time for her and her allies to put
this outrageous idea to rest."
Montana timber group opposes
"While proponents of federal-land transfer often claim state management
would increase resource extraction and jobs, Montana’s timber
industry doesn’t agree.
On Friday, the Montana Wood Products Association board of directors
issued a policy statement opposing efforts to transfer federal
lands to the state.
'It really is prompted by all the bills coming through the state
Legislature this year. We’ve had conversations with the people
who are promoting that agenda and tried to explain why it’s not
helpful for forest products and forestry in general,' said
MWPA executive director Julia Altemus."
They are not going to listen because this
is not really about jobs, its about privatizing our public lands,
water and resources!
Public lands: Transfer would
kill golden goose
"The idea of ceding America’s lands to the states is flat wrong.
The call to 'give the federal lands back to the states' is totally
inaccurate. These lands were never part of the states to begin
Secondly, Montana could never afford the estimated $250 million
burden of managing an additional 30 million acres. Despite dedicated
hard-working staff, Montana state agencies already struggle to
manage the lands and waters currently in the state portfolio.
Third, we Montanans treasure our opportunities to access our public
lands for hunting, fishing, camping and year-round recreational
activities. Devolution of America’s public lands would threaten
our outdoor heritage, and destabilize Montana’s outdoor economy.
Montana legislators, it’s time to stop your attack on America’s
Fielder's bill to prevent federal
land sales tabled in committee
SB 274 - "The bill ultimately failed on a 5-7 vote and was then
'With all due respect to Senator Fielder, this legislation is
about as unconstitutional as it can get and I think it’s a waste
of time for this Legislature to pass it,' said Tom France of the
National Wildlife Federation. A state telling the federal government
what to do on federal land violates the Supremacy Clause of the
U.S. Constitution, as well as statutory and case law, he said."
Feb. 27-March 1 Kalispell, MT
to present talk on mountain goats in Bitterroot Valley
(This is an excellent presentation by Dr. Bruce Smith)
March 7, Hamilton, MT
"Montana-based Wind River Bear Institute has developed
a noninvasive method they call Bear Shepherding to reduce human-bear
conflict. The method teaches bears how to recognize and avoid
human territorial boundaries. Bear Shepherding includes preventative
education where communities are taught how to eliminate the most
common cause of conflict such as food attractants, food conditioning,
and habituation to people and their 'territory.'
Bear Dogs at EMWH Bridges for more information
group sues Flathead Co. over bridge
"The Community Association for North Shore Conservation (CANSC)
wants the bridge removed and the building permit revoked. 'This
is a resource that's open year-round and people they walk, they
run, they cross-country ski, they snowshoe in the winter time,
they go bird watching, they go hunting in the fall,' said Dave
Hadden, chair of the CANSC. The CANSC has now filed a lawsuit
against the county, claiming the permit was issued illegally and
that the bridge violates the Montana Lakeshore Protection Act."
Public Lands Rally in Helena !!!
for federal public lands in Helena by Laura
Public lands rally
packs Capitol rotunda by Tom Kuglin
Mule Deer Foundation & Partners
Secure Public Access to 2,800 acres in Montana
"The Mule Deer Foundation and conservation partners in Montana
recently acquired over 2,800 acres of land near Craig, Montana,
protecting important year-round habitat for mule deer and other
big game wildlife and opening access for sportsmen.
Known as 'Whitetail Prairie,' the property adjoins the 32,000-acre
Beartooth Wildlife Management Area and was immediately conveyed
to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department to be added
to the WMA. MDF joined its partners the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation,
Safari Club International chapters in Billings and Great Falls
and the Cinnabar Foundation to support the acquisition."
"For folks interested in learning more about Bozeman's beautiful,
wild but threatened backyard, the Gallatin Range Roadless Area,
please visit the Montanans for Gallatin Wilderness (MGW) website.
The Gallatin Range is a proposed Wilderness area, but is threatened
by pressure from mechanized recreationists and also by the U.S.
Forest Service, which continues to appease these organized anti-Wilderness
self-interest groups. The Gallatin Community Collaborative (GCC)
is a Forest Service-initiated effort to minimize Wilderness and
maximize mechanized abuses. Although some members of Montanans
for Gallatin Wilderness are participating in the GCC (for damage
control purposes), the GCC is working to further compromise potential
Gallatin Range Wilderness, and is inherently biased against Wilderness,
wildlife, pure water and native vegetation." - H
Montanans For Gallatin Wilderness
Buffalo and ‘ag gag’: Battling
to save Yellowstone’s hairy humpbacks by
"For decades, volunteers for the group had filmed men working
on behalf of the West’s powerful agribusiness industry as they
ran down and killed bison that tried to migrate out of the park.
But this year, when Ketcham and the campaign asked for unrestricted
access to a corral just inside the northwestern corner of Yellowstone
where park employees pen hundreds of buffalo before they are trucked
to slaughterhouses, the National Park Service (NPS) said no.
That refusal has sparked outrage among activists beyond those
concerned about animal welfare, putting the dispute over the fate
of the buffalo into the realm of free speech. Late last week James
J. Holman, an attorney working with the American Civil Liberties
Union of Wyoming, sent park officials a letter threatening to
sue the NPS.
'The First Amendment aspect is what got us involved,' he said.
'The bottom line is this is something that is very important to
a lot of people.' "
Yellowstone National Park to
hold tour of bison holding pen
This is due to the Public (especially Buffalo
Field Campaign) fighting for the responsible stewardship of our
"Yellowstone National Park is hosting a Wednesday tour of a wild
bison holding facility that's used to temporarily keep animals
destined for slaughter.
Park administrators have closed the Stephens Creek holding pen
near Gardiner to the public while it's in operation this winter.
But they agreed to allow limited access to members of the media
and advocacy groups after complaints about the closure."
Access Durfee Hills Timeline:
- and as BLM
has revised their previous statement to the Public regarding
restoring access to the Bullwhacker - "A proposed land exchange
to restore access was considered, but was determined to be not
in the best interest of the American people who have entrusted
the BLM to manage their public lands for them.",
I have filed an additional BLM FOIA, requesting
expediting, involving communications between BLM and legislators
- Montana and US, concerning a Wilks Durfee Hills land exchange,
as this apparently is of interest to some of them.
- and as there are "whispers on the winds"
of legislators getting involved,
Preliminary Access Map
The scoping comment period is open until March 5, 2015
Please remind the BLM that you want them to build the road to
restore access to the Bullwhacker - east side route. NOT a Durfee
Hills land exchange.
You may submit scoping comments to Mike Kanya by email to: email@example.com.
Send written comments to Mike Kanya by mail to:
Bullwhacker Road Comments
Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
920 NE Main
Lewistown MT 59457
Missouri River Country
Oil Found in Glendive Fish;
Consumption Advisory Remains
"Detectable levels of petroleum were found in tests of fish pulled
from the Yellowstone River downstream from a broken petroleum pipeline
near Glendive last month. This week Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
advised fishermen to use caution when deciding whether to eat fish
caught in the area affected by the oil spill."
Lab tests show 'detectable
levels of petroleum' in Yellowstone fish
"Lab tests have shown detectable levels of petroleum in the muscle
of some of the fish netted in the Yellowstone River downstream from
an oil pipeline that ruptured near Glendive in January, spilling
an estimated 30,000 gallons.
Consequently, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
has continued its fish consumption advisory for the stretch of river."
Biologist document rare sturgeon's
"The biologist saw a radio-tagged female pallid sturgeon ripe with
eggs swim up a side channel to go around Intake Diversion Dam.
'Lo and behold we hit the holy grail,' said Mike Backes, fisheries
manager for Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Miles City...
Biologists are hoping that if pallid sturgeon can swim around obstructions
like Intake Dam, the few remaining wild fish may successfully reproduce
before they die of old age. The majority of the wild fish are now
about 60. It can be 10 years between when female pallids spawn."
and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reinstatement of Final Rules
for the Gray Wolf in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes in Compliance
With Court Orders
"We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are issuing
this final rule to comply with court orders that reinstate the
regulatory protections under the Endangered Species Act of 1973,
as amended (ESA), for the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in Wyoming and
the western Great Lakes. Pursuant to the U.S. District Court for
the District of Columbia court order dated September 23, 2014,
this rule reinstates the April 2, 2009 (74 FR 15123), final rule
regulating the gray wolf in the State of Wyoming as a nonessential
experimental population. Gray wolves in Montana, Idaho, the eastern
third of Washington and Oregon, and north-central Utah retain
their delisted status and are not impacted by this final rule.
In addition, pursuant to the U.S. District Court for the District
of Columbia court order dated December 19, 2014, this rule reinstates
the March 9, 1978 (43 FR 9607), final rule as it relates to gray
wolves in the western Great Lakes including endangered status
for gray wolves in all of Wisconsin and Michigan, the eastern
half of North Dakota and South Dakota, the northern half of Iowa,
the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, and the northwestern
portion of Ohio; threatened status for gray wolves in Minnesota;
critical habitat for gray wolves in Minnesota and Michigan; and
the rule promulgated under section 4(d) of the ESA for gray wolves
pilots land status in Forest Service planning rule
"The biggest challenge to backcountry flying is having a place
to land your airplane. That’s why small-plane pilots around the
country were celebrating last week when they got official notice
that recreational aircraft are now a recognized part of the U.S.
Forest Service’s planning process...
'All of this doesn’t mean more access,' Mowbray said. 'It means
the access we’ve had is documented and part of travel plans, just
like snowmobiling, hiking, bicycling and those kind of activities.'
cynical ploy to take our federal lands
"Take a peek at that ALEC resolution, because it tells us in plain
English. 'WHEREAS, unleashing in a responsible manner the trillions
of dollars of abundant resources locked up on federally controlled
lands ...' Blah, whereas, blah.
Folks, it’s simple. To pay for the management of these huge swaths
of lands, states would need to lease every available acre of once-federal
lands to the industry of highest bidding. This isn’t some unfortunate
side effect of state’s rights legislation – it’s the point. So
here’s an interesting statistic for those policy wonks at ALEC
dreaming up ways to transfer public wealth to private corporations:
Though you wish we were selfish, provincial and purely self-serving
(as you undoubtedly are), 72 percent of Coloradans think of federal
lands as American lands, not Coloradan lands. We view ourselves
as stewards of the uniquely American and thoroughly astounding
network of federal lands that makes the West an incredible place
to live, work and recreate. We don’t want them for ourselves.
Federal public lands are our shared American heritage,
one we will fight to protect as such with all the vigor of people
entrusted with something precious."
relation to the last newsletters article, Colorado cattleman wanting
wolves down there, Dan Wildin commented, "Tell
Vagneur he can have all the wolves and I will donate some Money
for transportation!" This is representative that there
are over 800 subscribers and a wide diversity of opinions out
there. I am respecting of diversity of opinion, one of the words
in the EMWH word cloud logo.
"I was singing your praises and he asked to get on your list.
Told him about web page." Harold Johns, Butte
"about the hunter orange......do you also have the numbers for
Idaho? they don't require hunter orange there. it's purely optional.
thank you for the thoughts and updates." T - checking on it.
This is a good way to network questions and information. The more
informed the Public is, the more effective we will be in advocating
our Public Trust.