the "Public" Back In "Public Trust"
species is different."
Sen. Taylor Brown
some of you have not received the recent newsletters due to the
targeting as spam. After the July
2nd newsletter, in which I addressed the agenda of
SJ15 work group association of a Federal land grab by Sen. Fielder,
per her website, blog, facebook and presentation, as well as the
other avenues promoting the land grab, this newsletter was intentionally
targeted as spam, to block it from being accepted by service providers.
We're fighting the big boys for our public lands. When the next
newsletter was sent out 5 days later, many came back as non-deliverable
due to being labeled spam, as well as the following newsletter.
Email addresses of friends and advisory board members which I
have regular contact with, as well as recent subscribers were
bounced back undeliverable. The following service providers have
been blocked - bresnan.net, q.com, optimum.net, charter.net, centurylink.net
and a few smaller ones. One way to combat this is to email or
call your provider that this address is not spam. Another way
listed is to add this address to your email contacts. Bresnan
(which also covers charter and optimum), where the bulk of them
are from, said to call 1-877-273-7626 and ask for internet repair.
For any that do not wish to
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and type Unsubscribe in the subject line and you will immediately
be removed. We have no desire to bother anyone with unwanted emails,
simply to network Montanas and others about the threats to our
Public Trust, so that collectively we can be more effective to
defend what is ours. Thank you.
on the Public Trust Dinner
has been changed to Sept. 19th. (details on event page)
to Protect Federal Land Grab in Montana
Public Comments are needed on the EQC SJ15 Work Group
The Environmental Quality Council (EQC) in July approved drafts
of the reports in order to seek public comment. The comment period
ends August 16. Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include "SJ 15 Federal Land Study" in the subject
line. or by mailing them to the EQC at PO Box 201704, Helena,
MT 59620-1704. All comments received by 5 p.m. on August 16 will
be compiled and reviewed by the EQC prior to any decisions being
made at its September 10-11 meeting in Helena. Comments received
after the deadline will be provided to the EQC at the meeting.
Comments are welcome in person at the meeting as well. Please
let them know that you are opposed to any Federal Public Lands
Transfer to the States.
SJ15 Draft Report to the EQC
Draft Report Appendices
Country Hunters and Anglers SJ15 Public Comment
Way to go BHA! (Yes, that is a shameless plug. I am proud to be
a BHA member)
HB 609 - Study of Hunting and Fishing Licensing
This report is required by House Bill No. 609, which asked the
EQC to study Montana's hunting and fishing license statutes and
fees. The governor tasked a citizens' advisory council with a
similar study and the EQC has incorporated that effort into its
own work. The advisory council proposed a slate of recommendations
for simplifying and streamlining Montana's hunting and fishing
licenses, as well as generating additional revenue for the Department
of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. The EQC approved drafting of that
slate with two changes for public comment. Email your comments
to email@example.com. Please
include "HB 609 Licensing Study" in the subject line.
609 draft study report
Federal-Lands Policy Turns Political
" 'I think they pursue this at their peril. In my opinion
the majority of people don’t support this,' Lieser said...he’s
no apologist for the Forest Service, but having worked for the
agency he understands its challenges.'The challenges are recognized
by many. But if all that land were in state management or ownership
they would be responsible for fire suppression costs and that
could easily amount to more than $100 million or more,' he said.
'Where is that money going to come from?' "
Public Trust - Wyoming Gubernatorial Candidate
Calls For Drilling In Yellowstone National Park and promotes the
transfer of federal public lands to the states. "Haynes wants
to allow all lands in Wyoming, including Yellowstone, to be leased
for drilling, mining, and grazing. 'We will manage every square
inch of Wyoming,' the gubernatorial hopeful said.
If elected, Haynes would send federal
government agencies a certified letter and invite them to attend
a meeting in which he will explain his plan. He said they must
be gone by January 2015, when he would takes office.
'Then in whichever county they attempt
to have any official activity, they will be arrested for impersonating
a law enforcement officer in Wyoming,' he said."
Disease threat to our Bighorn
Sheep Population and Grizzly conflicts continue due to special
Rep. Daines (website boast) and Idaho's
Rep. Mike Simpson's (Idaho Statesman) domestic sheep special
interests have blocked the overdue closing of the outdated ARS
Sheep Experimental Station in Dubois, Idaho and Montana which
without an EIS (background). Domestic sheep are natural carriers
of pneumonia and malignant catarrhal fever. Domestic sheep pneumonia
is a major killer of our Bighorn Sheep populations. Additionally,
there have been a grizzly
bear killings in the area, due to conflict with the domestic
sheep. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service,
National Park Service, BLM, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks;
and Idaho Fish and Game sent a joint letter to the Sheep Station
in 2012 asking them to find an alternative area to graze sheep."
Bison Discussion Group Meeting,
Billings, July 14 & 15 page with audio
Removing "wildlife" designation from wild bison, privatizing
and outfitting "wild bison" on private lands and the
North American Model of Wildlife Conservation - "...the old
model is not working that good." A major discussion ensued
at the end of the second day concerning the labeling, classification
of bison as wildlife, some of which began the first day. I still
have the notes from that segment to get up, but the audio is already
available. This is a major concern. Sen. Taylor Brown stated this
species is different. Why is is different? Biologically it is
an animal, as our other wildlife are. It is not different in its
wildness or ability to survive in the wild as other wildlife -
hence the term wildlife. It is only different politically, because
it is a larger ungulate and therefore seen as a forage competition.
As I stated on Hunt Talk, using well
known human historical examples, dehumanizing, changing the classification
of people was necessary in order to justify the slavery/ownership
of some of them. In Africa, the Muslim slave traders dehumanized
the people by saying if they werent Muslim, they were not people
and therefore could be owned, bypassing the slavery issues in
the Quran. Happened to Jews, Romaniy and other ethnicities in
Europe. Happened here in the US with Native Americans being label
savages. This is part of the slippery slope. Bison are wildlife.
Domesticated bison are classified as livestock, just as they do
to captured deer and elk on game farms. To remove the wildness/wildlife
from bison is to privatize them, plain and simple.
- Montana Ungulate Choir
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panel hears concerns about bison reintroduction from public
"Members of wildlife, hunting and conservation groups disagreed,
pointing out that no one has said anything about locating bison
on private land and asserting that public lands belong to all
offers up ideas to formulate new state bison management plan
" 'The idea of being able to solve it together means you
keep your power,' she told the group. 'If it goes to court, it’s
a jump ball.'
Group member Ron Moody, a public hunter
and former Fish and Wildlife commissioner from Lewistown, agreed.
'When you are declaring "my stand is going to be no bison,
no way," we’ll be in the same position as when they
reintroduced wolves. We could have done it our way. Think about
efforts key to return wild bison to public lands
Jim Bailey author of American Plains Bison, Rewildling An Icon
"Above all, the report fails to clearly explain that real
restoration of public wild bison will not occur without state
efforts. The feds will not initiate the process."
distorted perspective of bison restoration
- Private property ownership - either by Native American Tribes,
individual ranches or private non-profits. "The model of
bison restoration that is currently working just fine is for individual
ranches, private nonprofits and Indian tribes to use their own
resources to establish and grow bison herds. Under this model,
we’ve had thousands of bison restored to the Montana landscape
in multiple locations around the state."
FWS Report Spotlights Wetland Loss in Prairie Pothole Region
of parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota Minnesota and
" 'Extreme weather patterns, rising agricultural commodity
prices and oil and gas development are threatening millions of
acres of prairie wetlands, putting further pressure on the most
valuable breeding area for ducks in the Americas,' said FWS Director
landowners can kill 100 wolves a year under new rule
"The landowner quota is separate from the state’s annual
wolf hunt. Hunters must have a wolf license and operate during
an annual season, while landowners or their agents can kill wolves
'that are a potential threat to human safety, livestock or domestic
dogs' at any time of year. That option comes from S.B. 200, passed
in the last Legislature.
Landowners may also kill wolves in
the act of attacking livestock without affecting the 100-animal
quota." This is just like the extra kill permits and elk
management removal hunts, as well as the increased quota of mountain
lions that the FWP and the FWP Commission approved, not based
on science, but politics and some land owner preferences.
Elk Litigation Fund
PO Box 173, Butte, MT 59701
Sportsmen and Anaconda Sportsmens Associations lawsuit against
FWP & the FWP Commission