Putting the "Public" Back In "Public Trust"

"Now, because of our deafening silence and the fact that we did not mobilize earlier, something that people thought was inconceivable … is actually a plank in the Republican National Committee. Clearly it has gained momentum."
Peter Metcalf

In about a month - Celebrating Out Public Trust Dinner

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Public Wildlife
FWP Elk Brucellosis Management Acceptance Surveys
FWP elk brucellosis management actions have not maximized acceptability. Instead, the more awareness of the situation has generated increased public comments against the program, many upset hunters going to Helena to speak to the FWP Commissioners at the April 10th meeting, a lawsuit, even public statements and comments from some of the Statewide Elk Brucellosis Working Group Members and a former FWP Commissioner, involved when the Proposed Recommendations were originally passed.

House GOP pass bill to limit Endangered Species Act
Bozeman Senator Mike Phillips - " 'I think all four are unnecessary. I think they're aiming to weaken the act and when you look at the trends, the extinction crisis is not growing less dire. If anything we should be looking at strengthening the Endangered Species Act,' said biologist Mike Phillips, executive director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund... Phillips said all ESA decisions already include clear references to the supporting science and a public process is already in place to draw attention to additional information...'The law recognizes that while there are many ways to redress economic consequences, there is no redress to extinction. So this (requirement) is oversimplifying and is in contradiction to the spirit of the law,' Phillips said."

Elk-viewing tour to CMR refuge offered Sept. 30
"The Central Montana Education Center in Lewistown is partnering with the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge to offer people a trip to the Slippery Ann elk viewing area during the peak of the elk rut.

Participants must preregister by Sept. 25 by stopping in the center’s office, 773 Airport Road, or by calling 406-535-9022. A small fee per person will be charged. Participants should bring a sack lunch and folding chair. A box lunch with beverage is available for a fee but must be ordered at preregistration."

Range War - Dan Rather documentary on bison restoration in Montana
password - danrather
While this is predominately about the private bison ranch, the American Prairie Reserve, and Native American Tribes, which are sovereign nations, the documentary does interview local residents and their views and concerns about bison restoration. I like Schweitzers comments on the subject. This documentary does not address, except in a few passing statements, the restoration of wild bison to Montana public lands.

Silencing the Thunder, 26 min. documentary
This film does address wild bison on public lands and does mention no documented case of wild bison to cattle. In mentioning elk as a transmission vector, no mention is made that not all, if any, transmission from elk to cattle in Montana has occurred.

Public Lands
Former Interior Secretary Slams GOP Effort to Seize and Sell America's Public Lands
"Former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar called out the Republican National Committee (RNC), the national organization of the Republican Party, on Thursday for endorsing efforts in some Western states to seize or sell-off of America’s parks, forests, and public lands.
Salazar said the Republican Party’s endorsement of public land seizures and sell-offs would 'cause Teddy Roosevelt to turn over in his grave.' "

Proposal to transfer federal lands to state ownership divisive, and debated
'This is the first installment in a three-day special report on proposals to transfer federal lands to state ownership. Today, we look at the latest proposal. Is it political theater, or a viable option?

Whether debated over a steaming cup of coffee in a rural café or deliberated in the chambers of the Montana Capitol, the transfer of federal lands to state or private ownership has become a divisive political issue from Eureka to Ekalaka."

Bills to sell Federal Public Lands to cities - this is how they will do it, piece by piece
H.R. 5205 - "That title would allow the city of Yerington to partner with Nevada Copper to acquire at fair market value approximately 12,500 acres of federal lands, which would be annexed into the city... That bill also includes a Title 4, the Fernley Economic Self-Determination Act, which would transfer certain federal lands to the city of Fernley." They also would sell land to the city of Carlin, Storey and Elko counties.
Nevada Copper Advances Lyon County Bill "The project is located near Yerington, Nevada, close to road, rail, and power infrastructure, and with all future water supply requirements met." The water is part of the bill.
Also on the transfer of Federal Public Lands in Nevada front
Nevada panel’s land control move killed
"The discussion of such a public lands transfer has received heightened interest since the recent cattle grazing dispute between Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM.
But the effort to take over federal lands dates back to the Sagebrush Rebellion, a controversial movement involving public land use in the West during the 1970s and 1980s. Other Western states, including Utah, are pushing the lands transfer issue as well."

State lawmakers talk strategy on Utah's public lands war with federal government
"Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said the state has a 'monumental' fight on its hands in the public lands war with the federal government... Reyes said the state will not have a legal complaint ready by its self-imposed Dec. 31 deadline found in the 2012 passage of the Transfer of Public Lands Act, which advises the federal government to take action by that date or risk a lawsuit."

Transfer of Public Lands Machinery - If you are wondering where some of this BS might be coming from, take a look at these pages - ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council associated with the Koch Brothers. Their Public Lands Archive page has template documents that the special interest groups pushing these agendas can use with their modifications.
Disposal and Taxation of Public Lands Act "Section 2. Disposal and taxation of public lands. (1) On or before December 31, 2014, the United States shall:" Sound familiar?
Resolution Demanding that Congress Convey Title of Federal Public Lands to the States

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers -
Backcountry College videos This one is Knots & Such

Skyline/Anaconda Elk Litigation Fund
PO Box 173, Butte, MT 59701
Skyline Sportsmen and Anaconda Sportsmens Associations lawsuit against FWP & the FWP Commission

Thank you,
Kathryn QannaYahu


Wildlife &


Bozeman, MT

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