Federal Policy

Forest Service Paving the Way for Plum Creek?

The nation’s largest landowner may be getting a last-minute, going-away gift from the Bush Administration. The Forest Service may amend existing easements, a step that would allow Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) to pave roads through USFS land.  Such a move would facilitate an

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, West

Kelo Rears Its Greedy Head in Houston

For landowners, their is no more controversial case than the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Kelo v. City of New London permitting the use of eminent domain to transfer private property from one owner to another under the guise of furthering economic development. In response

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest, Topics

Commercial Developers Ask the Treasury Department for $200 Billion Bailout

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that commercial developers who own thousands of shopping centers, office complexes, hotels, and other commercial buildings have been pressing the Treasury Department to include their industry in a $200 billion loan program being created

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Topics

Obama to Nominate Salazar for Interior

Landowners in the West will have one of their own heading up the Interior Department in the new Obama Administration. According to published reports, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) will be named the 50th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, Public Land, Timber, Water

Resilient Montanans Rally Around Timber

Worthwhile read in the New York Times today by Kirk Johnson for the National Desk. The focus of the article is less about timber or timberland as an investment and more about the Montana logging communities whose lifeblood has been altered by

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

Interior Department to Allow Firearms in Parks and Refuges

On Friday the Interior Department ruled that Americans will be able to carry concealed weapons in some federal parks and wildlife refuges. The announcement overturns a decades-old Reagan Administration regulation that required all guns brought into national parks and wildlife

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Topics

Border Fence Spikes Demand for Appraisers

670 miles. That’s the distance along the U.S.-Mexico border that the Department of Homeland Security wants to cordon off with its 18-foot-high border fence. The sheer size of this massive undertaking and the number of property owners already disputing the

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Regional News, Southwest

Pinon Canyon: “One Colossal Land Grab”

Folks in Southern Colorado don’t trust the Army. And with good reason. In 1983, when the Department of Defense established the 500-square-mile Pinon Canon Maneuver Site (PCMS), the Army acquired almost half the 285,000 acres by using eminent domain. It

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Posted in 2008 Fall, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Gustav Schmiege, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

Pinon Canyon: Under Fire Again

Fire destroyed Mack Louden’s century-old Marty Feeds building in Trinidad on September 15. Louden, a local rancher who has been spearheading opposition to Fort Carson’s proposed expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, had insurance on just a portion of the property.

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Trey Garrison, West

Pinon Canyon: The Fight Goes to the Hill

The U.S. Senate is close to approving a $72 billion military construction budget that would effectively prevent the Army from spending any money to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site for another year. But opponents of the expansion are by no

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

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