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Department of Interior Wants To Destroy Records of Oil & Gas Leasing, Mining, Wells, Timber Sales and Much More

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Federal agencies don’t keep most of their records forever. At some point, they’re legally allowed to destroy the majority of them.

But when? And which records? That’s up to the agency and the National Archives (with some input from the public, at least in theory).

In an overlooked process that’s been going on for decades, agencies create a “Request for Records Disposition Authority” that gives details about the documents, then proposes when they can be destroyed (e.g., three years after the end of the fiscal year, 50 years after they’re no longer needed, etc.). Occasionally, agencies propose keeping some documents permanently, which means eventually transferring them to the National Archives.

The National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) then “appraises” the agency’s Request for Records Disposition Authority, almost always giving the greenlight.

Around this point, the agency’s request and NARA’s appraisal are announced in the Federal Register. They are not published in the Register, nor are they posted to the Register website (including Regulations.gov). Their existence is simply noted.

Dept. of the Interior is asking for permission to destroy records about oil and gas leases, mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing, endangered species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition, wild horses & burros and lots more. It’s also wanting to permanently retain a smaller subset of documents in each category, which will be transferred to the National Archives, where they will become harder to access via FOIA.

This is crucial stuff. In the months, years, and decades ahead, if you get “records destroyed” responses, or a vague “no records” response, from NPS, BLM, FWS, BIA, etc., this could be the root cause.

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WHILE AMERICA BURNS: SMOKE N’ MIRRORS

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leafless_tree_by_lecorbeaugris-d4q8c6qWith the new 2016 fire season upon the west, wildfires are in full swing again. And just one year ago the U.S. Forest Service said that for the first time in its 110 year history it spends more than 50% of its annual budget fighting fires at the expense of other programs. So no longer do we have a real forest service agency fulfilling its core mission. It has become the fire department.

While there is much talk every year about the expenses and the causes and the effects of forest and range fires, those very same state and federal agencies who are paid to protect the land, only offer us smoke and mirrors. They never talk about solutions on how to save at least 10 million pristine acres from being charred every year. Yet, all the while, management offers excuses such as “climate change”, “drought”, growing development or budget issues that hide the real problems. Where are their solutions? They are present but the government and the mainstream media backs away from the full story.
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The “Endangered” Frog and Toad-Revisited

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Recently, the US Fish and Wildlife issued their biological opinion regarding how the nine Sierra Nevada National Forests in California must address the endangered yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad. If 197 pages is too much for you to read then here is a snapshot.mountain frog

Now, perhaps many of you out there recall the many public hearings on whether to list the yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite Toad as a threatened or endangered species.

Most of the people that went to these hearings, Congressman, Tom McClintock for one, and thousands of others were strongly opposed to the listing. I too showed up for the grand occasion.

With as many people who went as the “anti-listers”, I coined a word, you would have thought that the Fish and Wildlife agency would have listened.

Well, as it turned out, the public hearings were just a formality, an exercise, a procedure that was meant to give the public input while the Feds, all along, had no intention of doing what the majority of the public wanted. Fish and Wildlife is sadly tuned into the Enviro-Times, and that is our latest environmentalist radio show streaming from the planet Mars. So I dialed in on K-ECO and low and behold the Sierra National Forest Service Management is “very concerned” about the immense  impact of protecting frog and toad together.

Unless we forget, we were told that the identification of these species as endangered would not have ANY significant impact on Sierra National Forest or public access. Sure. Well, well, well, think again.  It is all by design and deception. We were not told the truth and the lies of Fish and Wildlife have now been exposed. What we had feared is now coming upon us.

And here is the rest of the story.

No permits are being issued at this time until these rules are clarified for summer grazing in the Sierra National Forest. This ruling could and is already adversely affecting recreation, along with All-Terrain-Vehicles, firewood cutting, fishing, hunting, and logging, because it delineates that no wheeled vehicles may be used in the forest that “may be” a habitat for the Yosemite frog. This would also effect mechanical thinning, which is one way of reducing ladder fuels, which contribute to high intensity uncharacteristic wildfires.

For the Forest Service management to protect what the US Fish and Wildlife life is requiring, it will take away significant resources from areas like forest restoration to prevent uncharacteristic wildfires, as well as many other areas. These rules represent another Agenda 21 unfunded nightmare mandate.

In a nutshell, if our Congressmen, Sheriffs and County Supervisors do not stop the encroachment of our National Forests and the public right to use them, we the people will be left in the dust and radical environmentalism will continue to chip away at our God given land rights to where millions will bow to the new enviro-gods of the Fish and Wildlife Agency.

And, by the way, don’t include me in any of the Sunday morning worship services honoring the czars of Fish and Wildlife.

Ref: Parts taken from The Jackson Press;
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How the EPA separates landowners from their properties

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On April 7, 2001, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ignored state and federal law in the name of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and stopped water to more than 200,000 acres and some 1,400 canal-irrigated family farms near Klamath Falls, Oregon, plunging the community toward bankruptcy and devastating families.
Why? Because the bureau said two species of bottom-feeding suckerfish and a Coho salmon, in a reservoir the farmers depended upon might be “affected” if water was released during the current drought.

35600_1thmThe ESA had already been used to cut off water to a group of California farmers, causing their crops to dry up.
In Colorado, the forest service threatened another agricultural operation with a by-pass flow that would have resulted in an 80-percent loss of the dry-year water supply from a key reservoir, with a direct economic loss of between $5 and $17 million.
They also attempted to impose a “by-pass flow” that would have taken some 50 percent of the dry-year water supply provided from a Colorado municipal water storage facility.

In Idaho, a federal permittee was told he would have to bypass water to protect aquatic species or obtain an alternate source of water at a cost of $120,000.
In Arizona, where state law requires water rights be held by the person making the beneficial use of the water, the regional forester had demanded that water rights owned by grazing permittees be transferred to the feds – rights long established under state law for livestock purposes.

Federal agencies—at the direction of the EPA—are using the ESA nationwide to try and override established water rights, state laws, and the McCarran Act.
Under the Water Rights Act of 1952 (McCarran Amendment) it’s illegal for anyone – federal agency or citizen, without exception – to force water bypasses or withhold water along natural flowing streams, rivers, and their tributaries. More

Millane Rehor, trying to save the most endangered wild horse in the world (Wed., July 30th) on Wild Horse & Burro Radio

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UPDATE on (almost) extinct donkeys of Bonaire

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Pending Extinction of Bonaire Donkeys (& How YOU Can Help Stop It!) on Wild Horse & Burro Radio

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Times for this Wednesday night show are:

6:00 pm PST … 7:00 pm MST … 8:00 pm CST … 9:00 pm EST

Listen Live HERE!

Call in # 917-388-4520

Please call in the last half hour of this 2 hour show if you’d like to ask questions.

The shows will be archived, so you can listen anytime.

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Tonight’s guests include:

Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Manager of Todd Mission Ranch (home of TMR Rescue, Inc.) and President of the Wild Burro Protection League, who recently went to Bonaire (Dutch Antilles) to investigate this issue and speak at a public meeting.  Marjorie took DNA samples from the donkeys in Bonaire to Dr. Gus Cothran, geneticist at Texas A & M, and the DNA proved to be a perfect match to that of a rare, globally endangered species.

Carl Mrozak, videographer (Eagle Eye Media), with work appearing on CBS, PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Weather Channel and other networks.

Rona Aguilar, member of the team formed by Al Catalfumo to investigate the plight of the donkeys in Bonaire.

Keep Bonaire's wild donkeys ALIVE!

This radio show is co-hosted by Debbie Coffey, Director of Wild Horse Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Marti Oakley, PPJ Gazette.

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