Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ranches For Sale in Utah: Conservation as a Primary Ranching Goal

On March 27, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management closed off 145,604 acres of federal land in Utah to implement the capture, impound, and removal of trespass cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy. BLM officials round up Bundy’s livestock on April 5; however, armed protesters in support of Bundy flocked to the site on April 12 and went head-to-head with the BLM, causing a week-long battle that led to several arrests. The incident received national attention and garnered proponents and opponents for both sides. One topic that the incident has placed on the spotlight is the issue of federal land conservation and what the government can do to heighten its conservation efforts. Bruce Babbitt, a columnist for The Denver Post, offers his two cents on what’s within the President’s power to achieve that goal.


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