This past month, the government reinforced locks and installed new fences on the private property of a rancher in New Mexico to protect a mouse and to block the cattle from a watering hole (story below); they are looking to steal land along the Red River; and they are squeezing out ranchers throughout the West, taking the land off the tax roles and turning it over to mice, chicken, lizards, and frogs.
The land grabs began more than two decades ago.
Thanks to the extremists involved in The Wildlands Project of 1992 and their cozy relationship with greedy government bureaucrats, ranchers throughout the West are being squeezed off their land. They work in conjunction with liberal Federal judges who aid and abet the theft.
Ranchers are being squeezed off their land, having their cattle seized and being refused water and grazing rights so the government can take over Western land and declare it “open spaces.” The government often leases the land and makes money off it.
One ranch that was seized using the same tactics as in the Cliven Bundy case was the Diamond Bar in New Mexico owned by Kit and Sherry Laney.
Kit and former wife Sherry Laney
The case which began in 1994 was critical in determining whether or not the government could be stopped as it seizes all ranch land in the West over grazing permits. They charge for licenses and then gradually reduce the number of herd a ranch is allowed to graze until they can’t possibly make enough money to survive. The government often seizes the cattle or the ranch or closes off the government land needed for grazing and levies heavy fines, bankrupting the ranchers.
Before I go on, you need to know about The Wildlands Project. It is an outgrowth of the UN Agenda 21, which is often referred to as a conspiracy theory despite the fact that it is clearly described on the UN and ICLEI websites.
The Wildlands Project, now called the Wildlands Network, works in coordination with the government and other extremist groups. They have “set aside the goal of preserving 50% of the North American continent as ‘wild land’ for the preservation of biological diversity,” according to their own stated goals on their website. It conforms to the UN plan outlined in the map above.
The Wildlands plan is to create larger public lands by acquiring private lands adjoining public lands.
“Re-wilding” the land that they have set aside for nature requires moving humans into human settlements.
David Foreman, former board member of Sierra Club, is the current Director of the Rewilding Institute. He believes, as do many of his colleagues, that we must control human population growth. “We must stabilize and then reduce population to stop driving extinction of species, destruction of ecosystems, and production of greenhouse gases,” he said.
Foreman is the Founder of Earth First which he described as a warrior society in the 1980′s. It is believed he has engaged in assault and vandalism and has promoted violence.
How Foreman sees humans in relation to the rest of the world is clear: “An individual human life has no more intrinsic value than does an individual Grizzly Bear life. Human suffering resulting from drought and famine in Ethiopia is tragic, yes, but the destruction there of other creatures and habitat is even more tragic.”
That statement explains why they want to preserve at least half the United States for animals, insects and plants.
Laney’s Diamond Bar was one of the many ranches in the crosshairs of the environmental extremists and the government land grabbers. The ranch is on 180,000 acres of beautiful land. The environmental concern in his case at the time was a fish.
Diamond Bar allotment, Gila National Forest
Laney’s ancestors began the The Laney Cattle Company in 1883. The first person to make good use of the water received the water rights according to a policy of “prior appropriation” of water rights. The government withdrew from the land in 1899. Court cases determined that land to which others have claims or rights cannot be considered “public land”.
In 1905, the Forest Service worked out a deal with the land owners to allocate the water and charge a fee. In 1934, The Taylor Grazing Act allowed the government to license the area. Ranchers didn’t know it would one day strip them of their rights.
Laney purchased the Diamond Bar next to the Laney ranch in 1985. As part of the sale, Laney was required to make certain improvements to the watering systems. Environmentalists pressured the Forestry Service to ban all mechanized methods and Laney agreed. The allotment provided for 1,188 head of cattle. In 1995, the government reduced the number of cattle to 300, which is the tactic they use to squeeze out ranchers.
Laney refused to sign the permits.
He established a clear chain of title showing continuous private ownership of the water rights and the attendant grazing rights on the land that is now claimed by the government.
The Federal courts, in cahoots with the government, did not agree.
For 100 years, ranchers and the government worked together but now that the land is being reserved by Marxists for “open spaces”, ranch land is being stolen, putting ranchers out of business.
Some ranchers are fighting back, especially Wayne Hage who went to law school so he could afford to do it.
Laney’s hope rested in a decision in the Wayne Hage case. [Update: The Laneys divorced and apparently gave up the fight.]
Listen to the story of Wayne Hage:
In 2002, Judge Loren Smith ruled in the similar case of Wayne Hage that he established a chain of title to the fee lands to which the federal government laid claim. Hage lost his cattle but the government was ordered to reimburse him. The Hage family has not seen one dime of the settlement.
The Hage decision has sent ranchers across the West rushing to courthouses, searching for and documenting the “chain of title,” to the land, grazing and water rights.
Hage, one of the last ranchers left in that area, is still trying to save his ranch from government overreach.
The government is trying to confiscate land in New Mexico by shutting off water to the cattle. The New Mexico ranchers are fighting the government. In their case, there were no laws broken, no grazing fees unpaid. The government claims that the water needed for cattle must be protected for a jumping mouse.
In that case, a “facilitated discussion” was held Friday morning in Albuquerque at the U.S. Attorney’s Office between officials from Otero County representing the ranchers and about a dozen representatives of the federal government, including the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Justice. But no agreement was reached between the two sides, according to Blair Dunn, the county’s attorney.
“Basically, the Forest Service said they don’t have the authority, and neither did DOJ or anyone at that meeting, to just allow the gate to be opened,” Dunn told New Mexico Watchdog.
The Wild Earth Guardians is insisting the fence blocking the cattle from the water must be kept up. A 10 feet hole has been cut in the fence but it’s hardly enough for the cattle.
One rancher involved said, “Our fight was about our land. They wanted me to put a fence 180 feet from my creek and keep my livestock from using it. I paid for that land, and I’ll be damned if the feds are going to tell me I can’t use even a sliver of it. The access to water was a huge selling point when I bought it too. Not only that but I have land on both sides, so all the land on the east side past 180′ would have been inaccessible as well.”
Listen to the story on this video:
video via pumabydesign
Ranch land along the Red River is also being targeted by the BLM. The government claims the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas has moved along with the Red River. In that case, the Texas AG is siding with the ranchers.
The government now owns 52% of Western land and 29% of the land in the nation. President Carter grabbed 50 million acres in Alaska, President Clinton took 1.7 million acres from Utah and locked up another 5.9 million acres around the coutnry.
Then there is the secret internal memo by the Obama administration which then Senator DeMint exposed in 2010.
The memo revealed plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres from Montana to New Mexico, halting job-creating activities like ranching, forestry, mining and energy development. Worse, this land grab would dry up tax revenue that’s essential for funding schools, firehouses and community centers.
The 21-page document, marked “Internal Draft-NOT FOR RELEASE,” names 14 different lands Mr. Obama could completely close for development by unilaterally designating them as “monuments” under the 1906 Antiquities Act.
It says all kinds of animals would be better off by doing so, like the coyotes, badgers, grouse, chickens and lizards.
The government claimed at the time it was only for discussion but it’s actually happening.
At the time there were 13.9 million acres on the government’s shopping list, including 58,000 acres in New Mexico which they hoped to seized for the prairie chicken or the lizard to keep them from becoming endangered.
The government is seizing land from the states without their permission and they are stealing adjacent private lands.
As an aside, in addition to the preservation of land and water rights for “open spaces”, the environmentalists believe people should refrain from eating red meat because it allegedly causes a bigger carbon footprint.
People like to say that Mr. Obama and his administration give in to their extremist environmental base, but in fact, Mr. Obama and his team are the extremist base. They are them.
Edited after publication