Emerging Consensus: Replace BLM, Forest Service
copyright (c) 1997, Electric Nevada
|Are federal land agencies really as out of touch as stories over the last year would suggest?|
some of the news items in Nevada over the past 12 months:
Item: The U.S. Forest Service [USFS] was found to be mechanically following policies which, year in and year out, generate fuel-rich, tinder-dry fire hazards across the West and lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and state fire-fighting expenses.
Item: The Bureau of Land Management was found, by auditors from the U.S. Department of Interior's Inspector General's office, to have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars through underappraisals of federal land involved in swaps with politically connected Las Vegas developers.
Item: The USFS was found, by the Nevada State Engineer, to have filed over 179 bogus water claims on Nye County water where rights had already been long vested with private ranchers.
Item: An Elko grand jury found that a large spring important to ranchers in the Ruby Valley are was deliberately destroyed with heavy equipment at the same time as the U.S. Forest Service had a track-mounted bulldozer in the area.
Item: The BLM routinely ignores
its own regulations
intended to prevent wild horses overpopulation and
Specifically, we wanted
to know, how do public policy experts at some of the
nation's major think-tanks view the job the Forest
Service and BLM are doing?
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