10 Feb 2010, 10:40pm
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Environmental group could lose land linked to Idaho preserve after BLM says it was misled

By John Miller, Canadian Business Online, February 10, 2024 [here]

Boise, Idaho (AP) - An environmental group stands to lose land linked to its signature Idaho wildlife preserve, because federal land managers contend they’ve been misled over how the site would be managed.

Western Watersheds Project oversees three BLM grazing allotments totaling about 7,000 acres, or 11 square miles, connected to its Greenfire Preserve near the East Fork of the Salmon River.

Valley Sun LLC, a company headed by Gordon Younger, a Seattle environmentalist and a financial supporter of Western Watersheds, has a permit for the allotments, but doesn’t graze cattle there.

BLM officials from Challis, located 280 miles north of Boise in the mountains, this month told Younger he “knowingly or willfully made false statements or representations” about his plans for the allotments. As a result, they were canceling his permit “in its entirety.”

Western Watersheds Project has nine pending federal lawsuits targeting the BLM as part of its campaign to end public land grazing. Younger has become a lightning rod for his role in buying up land in the region and for going toe-to-toe with ranchers for control of traditional grazing ground.

“Valley Sun, LLC and Western Watersheds Project have provided BLM with baffling, contradictory and apparently false statements,” BLM Field Manager David Rosenkrance told Younger in a February 2 letter that the permit was being canceled. “I can only conclude Valley Sun, LLC, never intended to purchase livestock to activate their permit.” … [more]

Thanks to Julie Kay Smithson of Property Rights Research [here, here] for the news tip.

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