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Current Ag Issues
Revises Mexican Wolf ESA Listing as Subspecies, Maintaining Endangered Status
On January 12, 2015, we delivered to the Federal Register and announced two final rules - Revision to the Regulations for the Nonessential Experimental Population of the Mexican Wolf and Endangered Status for the Mexican Wolf. These changes to the Mexican wolf reintroduction program in Arizona and New Mexico will allow for greater flexibility to conserve the Mexican wolf and increase responsiveness to the needs of local communities and in cases of problem wolf behavior.. Read more...
A compilation of research, data, and reports for review to gain a better understanding of the effects of Mexican gray wolf reintroduction.
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) makes the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) a permanent program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to Oct. 1, 2011. LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or is planted specifically for grazing.
January 30, 2015 U.S. BLM and USFS announce increased federal grazing fees for 2015. Read more.....
L. William Staudenmaier*
Arizona's water problem is grave. The beautiful scenery, fine climate and fertile soil, like those of other southwestern states, have combined to entice an even larger number of people to settle there, and water demands have grown accordingly.1
As the quote above demonstrates, concerns about water supply in Arizona are not new. In fact, throughout reported history, Arizona has been a desert where water is a precious and limited resource. More recently, the other half of the water equation—demand—has increased dramatically along with Arizona’s rapidly growing population. Even this growth in demand, however, is not an entirely new phenomenon. The Groundwater Management Act of 1980 (“GMA”)2 was adopted partly to address a large and growing demand for groundwater in parts of Arizona. Those locations were incorporated within Active Management Areas (“AMAs”) where groundwater rights and uses are strictly regulated. Read more....
“The president, regardless of political affiliation, should not have the authority to designate millions of acres of land without local public input”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after submitting a language request to the House Appropriations Committee asking it to include language that would prevent presidential abuse of the Antiquities Act:
“During his time in office, President Obama has abused the Antiquities Act to designate or expand 22 national monuments and lock up more than three million acres of land. Shamefully, the president recently designated three new national monuments in the California desert encompassing nearly 1.8 million acres. The president, regardless of political affiliation, should not have unilateral authority to designate millions of acres of land without local public input or proper analysis.
“Unilateral designations that circumvent Congress under the Antiquities Act typically result in devastating consequences for local communities that negatively affect their future economic prosperity. These declarations often result in some of the most restrictive land-use regulations possible and also greatly impact hunting, fishing, OHV and other recreational activities. Grazing rights, water rights, wildfire prevention and other land management activities can also be negatively impacted. I will continue to do everything in my power to block presidential overreach and prevent abuse under this outdated 1906 law.”
The full letter sent to the House Appropriations Committee can be found HERE.
Congressman Gosar’s appropriations language request makes a number of reforms to the 1906 Antiquities Act. This effort also explicitly prevents three misguided monument efforts in the Grand Canyon Watershed, the Sedona Verde Valley and in the Northwest Sonoran Desert from circumventing Congress, preventing public input and failing to comply with NEPA.
31 members of the House signed and submitted Congressman Gosar’s appropriations language request including: Brian Babin, Dan Benishek, Rob Bishop, Dave Brat, Ken Buck, Jason Chaffetz, Paul Cook, Kevin Cramer, Jeff Duncan, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Cresent Hardy, Joe Heck, Tim Huelskamp, Walter Jones, Steve King, Raúl Labrador, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Read complete Press Release.
Carolyn E. Eppler - AAP, LLC, August 8, 2014
The “requirements” are many with complex interrelated elements linked to monitoring and natural resource adaptive management. Click here for supporting documents including a synopsis of select Grazing Permit administration and management requirements emphasizing monitoring, data collection, analyses, and cooperation found within multiple USDA FS edicts linked to or under NEPA law. The supporting documents include copies of the laws, Executive Orders, regulations, and policy discussed (edicts).
Motor vehicles are used for many activities on the Tonto National Forest, such as sightseeing, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, recreational riding, and collecting fuelwood and other forest products, as well as permitted and administrative uses. Current regulations prohibit trail construction and operation of vehicles in a manner that is damaging to the land, wildlife, or vegetation (36 CFR 261—Prohibitions). However, these regulations have not proven sufficient to control the addition of routes or environmental effects. Read More.
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