the "Public" Back In "Public Trust"
more than ever, it comes down to you and I, to us."
Trust Dinner Pre-dinner, Jim Posewitz will
be sharing on the Public Trust, followed by Gayle Joslin on Wilderness.
Sat., September 27, 6-9, The Lindley Center in Bozeman
after fighting with the spam listing attack, thanks to subscribers
contacting their service providers, persistence and fighting back,
we have been removed from the spam blacklists/block lists. The
last newsletter was not blocked. Thank you to those who helped
- On August 17th, EMWH was honored to lead one of the Great
Old Broads for Wilderness hikes. We drove on the Spanish Creek
road, through Turner's Flying D Ranch, passing one of his bison
herds, to the Spanish Creek Trailhead, hiking into the Lee Metcalf
Wilderness. I shared with 8 Broads from a variety of states including
MT, CO, UT, KS, AZ, WA about the threats to our Public Trust,
including special interest attempts to transfer our Federal Public
Lands to the states, which a number of their states are also confronted
with. I also shared about disease politics - brucellosis in cattle,
bison and elk, as well as pneumonia in Bighorn Sheep and Mountain
Goats; the effects of roads and vehicles on habitat, wildlife
and their habitat security. It was great to network with these
Old Broads hike with a purpose by Brett French
Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend
"As Gus Speth, a US Advisor on climate change (must be a
harrowing job) said: 'I used to think that top environmental problems
were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change.
I thought that thirty years of good science could address these
problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness,
greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and
spiritual transformation. And we scientists don't know how to
do that.' Therefore, more than ever, it comes down to you and
I, to us."
supervisor counts bison among career successes
" 'It's been the most challenging, and it's been the most
glacial in terms of progress,' Flowers said. 'But it's been important
progress, and we're beginning to manage bison more as wildlife
in Montana. To me, that's a big accomplishment.' " Thank
you Pat Flowers for all your work.
||Thank you to Lloyd
Dorsey for all your work for wildlife and conservation.
Lloyd was with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in Wyoming,
being a great watchdog on brucellosis and Chronic Wasting
Disease issues concerning the Wyoming feedgrounds. Recently
the GYC terminated Lloyd and dropped the position altogether.
We have lost a key activist at a crucial location, just as
CWD is knocking at the feedgrounds door.
(Backcountry Hunters & Anglers) - Snowmobile Proposal in Great
Burn Threatens Stateline Mountain Goats "Even
though the Lolo National Forest has closed the Montana side of
the Stateline in the proposed Great Burn Wilderness to snowmobiles,
the Nez Perce Clearwater Forest in Idaho is now proposing 3 new
snowmobile areas in the Idaho side of the Great Burn, despite
knowing mountain goats have historically occupied these areas."
helps move discussion of energy impacts on wildlife, scientist
"Studying impacts of energy development on wildlife isn’t
necessarily a new thing. Research on how deer and pronghorn respond
to coal mine reclamation dates to the 1980s. But application of
the research has been more recent, said Scott Gamo, a staff terrestrial
biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He credits
the increase in awareness with a potential listing of sage grouse
on the endangered species list, something that could dramatically
change industry across the state."
this could bring to Montana instead of bad publicity for bison
slaughters and hazing.
Bison Festival a success
“We don’t want to keep it a secret. We’ve been
doing this for 100 years — a species that went from 16 million
animals to fewer than a couple of thousand — and bringing
them back,” Fleming said. "One of the key populations
for preservation of bison in North America is here and that’s
something to celebrate...In 1907, approximately 400 plains bison
from Montana were shipped up via rail to Lamont and because of
the park’s commitment to act as a wildlife sanctuary, the
Canadian government designated Elk Island as a national park in
" 'It’s a complete celebration of everything bison
from culture to conservation to cuisine.'
By inviting people to learn more about bison, he hopes more people
will become bison stewards."
fur farm moving from N.D. to Montana
"Noise and dust from activity associated with oil drilling
is causing the bobcats to kill their babies, Schultz said. Arnegard
is located within the Bakken oil fields. 'We can’t survive
here,' Schultz said. 'They are solitary animals, and they need
peace and quiet,' he added.
Schultz said he’s received some calls from critics of the
industry since FWP released the environmental assessment for public
comment, but he argues that raising bobcats is no different than
raising cattle or growing wheat."
A few concerns: I dont agree with cramming
domesticated animals into limited, confined commercial processing
facilities (4/5th of all antibiotic use in the US is by the livestock
industry), which is one of the reasons why I hunt, for the health
of the wildlife, unless I raise the stock myself in free range
conditions. 1. The EA states that the owner will
be disposing of the bobcat manure and urine on their hay field,
but does not mention what will happen to the carcasses after skinning.
Are they going to be thrown out, attracting predators/scavengers,
causing a wildlife social conflict (Cone Butte Ranch which just
sold, north of Schultz property, is home to a plethora of wildlife
year round, which includes mountain lions and occasional black
bear)? 2. Another concern is farming of a species
that is wildlife here in Montana and there are bobcat populations
in Fergus County. Montana has a number of other bobcat fur farms.
Currently, there are no US federal regulations concerning fur
farms, which means no one is going to be monitoring the fur farm
and therefore no opportunity to see if the fur farm is capturing
and breeding our wildlife. Are breeding female bobcats at a fur
farm going to be an attractant to wild male bobcats? While the
owner states they would not be taking any animals from the wild,
there have been other cases of game farmers here in Montana doing
just that, prior to the elk/deer ranching becoming illegal. 3.
I have tanned hides of the ungulates I hunted or the sheep and
goats raised, so I know the chemicals used in commercial fur tanning
and leather making processes (most commercial do not use brain
tanning or organic methods). The FWP EA does not mention anything
about these chemicals and Box Elder Creek is less than a mile
to the west of Schultz' land. These are just the tip of the iceberg
of questions that my mind asks, which I feel the FWP EA fails
Public comments on the EA must
be made by Aug. 29. Comments also can be emailed to Shawn
Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or
mailed to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, PO Box 938, 215 Aztec
Drive, Lewistown, MT 59457.
Schultz Fur Farm EA
Wildfire Burden Report 2014
"Since many Western states - including Utah, Idaho, Montana
and Nevada - are spending taxpayer money to study and promote
public land seizure efforts, it is important for taxpayers to
understand the significant impacts these proposals would have
on state budgets. One of the biggest is the cost of fighting wildfire."
National Forest Working Group - I attended
one of the recent meetings in Aug., begun by a group of county
commissioners (their 5th meeting) from 7 counties to address Forest
Service management. I took audio of the meeting and notes, which
are on the page. While I heard some of the familiar statements
about logging, fuel load, mill jobs, etc., I was concerned by
a statement from one of Sen. Testers staff, Erik Nylund. "Senator
Tester is a big fan of collaboratives. The best ideas are going
to come from the ground in Montana, they are not going to come
from Washington DC with mandates and things like that. That's
where a lot of things with FS or any other agency for that matter,
go awry. We have some very well functioning collaboratives in
Montana that have done some great things...You guys can really
do a lot here, bring some people in, hopefully avoid some of the
litigation. I think you said it best, put your collective weight
behind it, those are the sort of things that a federal judge is
going to notice when you guys come to an agreement, FS part of
it, pretty diverse crowd, and one or two people sitting on the
other side of the courtroom. That's the future of land
management. And the tourism issue, 6 billion dollars
alone, Montana's economy, public lands generate. That's not counting
the grazing, the timber, the mining. These public lands are definitely
some of our most important treasures. So your work here is very
important work for the whole states economy." There is a
reason for litigation if NEPA and MEPA are bypassed for politics
and special interest.
MEPA (Montana Environmental Policy Act) Handbook
For those of you that would like to see what Montana's regulations
concerning MEPA are, how it is applied to habitat and wildlife,
here is a copy of the newest version of the handbook. We, as the
public, need to educate ourselves, arm ourselves with the laws
and regulations to hold our public trust managers/trustees accountable.
Otherwise, special interest groups and these working groups/collaboratives
will continue to be utilized to subvert the Public Trust.
Problem With National Forest Collaboratives–Why They Don’t
Serve The Public Interest.
"Given the membership of the typical collaborative it is
hardly surprising that most support greater logging/grazing of
our public lands." "Beyond these obvious conflicts of
interest, there are starting assumptions that serve to limit participation
as well. Basically those who agree with the basic premise that
our forests need to be “managed” and are “improved”
by logging are those who self-select to be on collaboratives.
Those who may question such starting assumptions have limited
opportunities to voice their objections and disagreements and
if they attend at all, often become frustrated and leave. This
self selection process guarantees certain outcomes and recommendations."
brothers take land exchange offer public on website
"The Wilkses had met considerable opposition, especially
in Lewistown, to their initial proposal, which would have included
2,700 acres of BLM land known as the Durfee Hills. The Durfee
Hills are surrounded by the Wilkses’ N Bar Ranch, headquartered
along Flatwillow Creek, but some hunters have been flying in via
planes and helicopters to pursue elk on the public acreage."
news on the BLM land trade, the Central Montana Hunters petition.
Here is the BLM notice - BLM
no longer considering land exchange to restore Bullwhacker access
an eye on Sen. Jennifer Fielders agenda of transfer of Federal
Public Lands to the states
"Early next month I have been invited to Denver, CO to debate
the pros and cons of state versus federal land management with
President Obama’s former Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar."
use and federal land transfer
"Take the group Montanans for Multiple Use. They now seem
adrift both from their mission of “multiple use” of
public lands and their populist founding roots. They seem to want
Montana to become more like Texas...But new this year was a flyer
they handed out from the American Lands Council advocating the
'transfer' of public lands. The Lands Council is operated by a
Salt Lake City -based legal shop that advocates getting rid of
national forests and other public lands."
Elk Litigation Fund
PO Box 173, Butte, MT 59701
Sportsmen and Anaconda Sportsmens Associations lawsuit against
FWP & the FWP Commission