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    Wildfire Prevention & Recovery

    Poor Management Causes Wildfires, Harming the Land and Livelihoods of Public Land Ranchers Recent drought and miles of unmanaged forest on federal lands have led to damaging wildfires, destroying natural resources upon which ranchers, rural communities, wildlife and the general public rely. Overregulation and environmental litigation has resulted in greatly

  • Wildlife

    Endangered Species

    Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was intended to prevent the extinction of certain species by recovering them and removing them from the threatened and endangered species list. However, since the ESA was last reauthorized two decades ago, fewer than 2% of the species listed as endangered have

  • Land Use

    Antiquities Act

    Designating Lands as “Special“—and Facing the Consequences The west is abounding with awe-inspiring scenes of mountain meadows, towering canyons, and rushing rivers. Many of these beautiful and bountiful areas have inspired Congress and some American presidents to designate them as “special.” Unfortunately, these special designations inevitably result in the curtailing

  • Wildlife

    Wild Horse & Burro

    Wild horses and burros are non-native animals, protected by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WHB Act). The proper management of these animals on federal land affects many ranchers across the West. However, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has only been able to manage these populations to a

  • Environment

    Water & Wetlands

    Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, EPA, the Supreme Court, and regulated stakeholders have struggled to find a definition of “navigable waters” that follows the intent of the CWA while simultaneously respecting property rights and state authority. In the CWA, “navigable waters” are defined as “waters

  • Wildlife

    Gray Wolf

    Since being listed as an endangered species in 1974, the gray wolf has exceeded recovery goals by more than 300 percent and has bipartisan support for a delisting. In 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the wolves’ endangered status, and were met with threats by environmental groups

  • Equal Access to Justice

    Equal Access to Justice Act

    The Judgment Fund and the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) were enacted to reimburse attorneys’ fees to people who prevail in court against the federal government. However, the fund is not subject to appropriations by Congress, and there is no transparency regarding the costs, recipient of money, and outcome