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This is Bigger than Cliven Bundy.

At the Moapa Valley Town Board meeting, held on 04/09/14, it was made clear that the only people trespassing on the public land in question were the BLM. Clark County residents made it clear that it was Clark County land. The fight is way beyond Cliven Bundy. These people are worried about where the buck stops after the Bundy ranch. They don’t want a “next person” incident. They want it stopped. And the gentleman in the video makes it clear that he will help Bundy, unarmed, regardless of the BLM’s actions after; and if the BLM fires on them, then and only then is it game on.

Cliven Bundy, in this video here, spoke right after his friend.

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The place where history meets Oregon’s special places and makes them even more special – the Rogue River Ranch National Historic Homestead Site! The site is located in southwestern Oregon approximately 75 miles northwest of the city of Grants Pass. The ranch is at the mouth of Mule Creek and nestled in the heart of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River’s wild section. Once a major Native American site, there is evidence of over 9,000 years of Native American habitation. In the 1880s, the site evolved into a small gold-mining community, with up to 100 residents trying to scratch a living from the gold-bearing gravel bars of the Rogue River. The ranch structures remaining today represent the center of the old community of Marial.

The ranch hosted a trading post with lodging in the second story, a blacksmith’s shop, and numerous outbuildings that filled the early residents’ social and commercial needs.In 1868, John and Adeline Billings settled near Agness with their first three children. They moved upriver twice in the following years and had seven more children, making their final home at Big Meadows above Mule Creek in 1892. In the early 1880s, the Marks Brothers Mining and Milling Company 0perated a sawmill Flume and trestle over the East and flume Fork of Mule Creek c. 1910 system on the East Fork of Mule Creek, which is where John and his sons worked.

In 1887, Tom Billings, John and Adeline’s second son, filed an official homestead claim at the mouth of Mule Creek. One year later, Tom transferred the claim to his older brother, George. In 1894, Tom and his wife Anna had their first child, a daughter named Marial. The growing settlement at Mule Creek was named after Marial Billings.

The Ranch is open from May through October. More information is online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/rogue/ranch.php

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, the Bureau of Land Management introduced three vintage posters and postcards depicting some of the spectacular landscapes of our National Conservation Lands. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight these ruggedly beautiful and culturally rich places that belong to all Americans.

The inaugural posters and postcards artistically portray three different areas, illustrating the diversity of the landscapes protected under the system. They are Eagletail Mountains Wilderness Area in Arizona (www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/wildareas/eag…), Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana (www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/umrbnm.html) and Headwaters Forest Reserve in California (www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcata/headwaters.html). This is a continuing series.

There are now nearly 900 designated areas of National Conservation Lands spanning almost 27 million acres – or 11 percent of the lands managed by BLM. They include national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness and wilderness study areas, national wild and scenic rivers, national scenic trails and national historic trails.

Learn more about your National Conservation Lands: www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/NLCS.html

Federal Tumblr Meetup!

Yesterday we were thrilled to meet some of our Federal Tumblr colleagues in person!  Our informal Tumblr meetup was hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA) - home to the http://blog.usa.gov/ and the Spanish language http://blog.gobiernousa.gov/ Tumblrs. Also in attendance were representatives from:

Other agencies already on Tumblr include:
The White House, the IRS, the Peace Corps, and more (check this great list of Federal Tumblrs put together by the MyPublicLands folks!)

In time we hope we’ll see (& meet) even more!  What federal government agencies would you like to see on Tumblr?

Photos from the 21st Century Wire.

BLM during the stand-off near I-19(?).

This photo caught my eye of a group of BLM gentlemen standing around the hood of their vehicle. What caught my eye, specifically, was that the gentleman at the top center is rolling a SureFire 60-round magazine in his AR carbine variant. I do believe this is the first time I’ve seen a government agency running the magazine.

With Harry Reid’s statement to KRNV-TV on Monday — “Well, it’s not over … We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So, it’s not over.” — is an indicator that the government is not standing down and there will be repercussions. Unfortunately, neither will the other side. This could potentially lead to a shoot-out between armed BLM forces and the American supporters of Cliven Bundy.

Remember the whole Cliven Bundy thing in Nevada? There was a sequel of sorts over in nearby Utah, in which dozens of protesters, some armed, drove their ATVs through Recapture Canyon, a section of land closed off to vehicles by the Bureau of Land Management due to evidence of prehistoric remains. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, a local political leader, organized the protest, though he claimed he did so as a “private citizen.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday called Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters “domestic terrorists” at an event sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, according to reporter Jon Ralston.

.@SenatorReid says Bundy “does not recognize the United States.” Calls armed folks who backed him ” domestic terrorists.” Wow.

— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports)

April 17, 2014

"What happened in Mesquite was domestic terrorism." @SenatorReid

— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports)

April 17, 2014

"These people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They are domestic terrorists." @SenatorReid clearly prepared that line.

— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports)

April 17, 2014

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has been in dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing fees on federal lands. Because Bundy hasn’t paid the fees for 20 years, federal authorities began to round up his cattle earlier this month.

Over the weekend, Bundy gathered more than 1,000 people, some of them armed, to protest the BLM. Federal authorities backed off, and Bundy then declared victory over the government.

On Monday, Reid said that the showdown was “not over.”

"We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over," he told Las Vegas TV station KRNV.

The conservative media has been hyping the standoff. Alex Jones’ website InfoWars called the “surrender” by the federal government “historic.” And Breitbart News called the showdown, “THE SAGA OF BUNDY RANCH — FEDERAL POWER, RULE OF LAW AND AVERTING POTENTIAL BLOODSHED.”

A writer for National Review compared Cliven Bundy to Mahatma Gandhi. And former sheriff Richard Mack likened Bundy’s militia to Rosa Parks and the federal authorities to Nazi soldiers.

Harry Reid’s right on. 

h/t: Caitlin MacNeal at TPM

Here is another winning photo from the Bureau of Land Management - Nevada’s photo contest, which is helping to celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday next year. This photo was taken by Michael Balen at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Here’s what he had to say about the photo.

"I took the photo because of the intense profusion of wildflowers that bloomed in the area during spring 2013. The time of day offered low-angle sunlight and nearly perfect lighting and contrast conditions. The clouds added to the scene and the illumination of the Sheep Range in the background added to the sense of place. I was attempting to emphasize the contrast between the concept of the dry, brown desert and the unusual occurrence of abundant wildflowers in a place most people think of as generally devoid of life." 

First water works of Perry [OkIa. Terr.]. Martin Bro’s. Prop., Oct. 10th, 93.

From the series: Opening of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma Territory, 1893, from the Records of the Bureau of Land Management

The first water works in Perry Oklahoma, open less than a month following the “Cherokee Strip” Land Rush of September 16, 1893.  Lured by the promise of “free land,” over 150,000 settlers swarmed into Oklahoma Territory in the largest land run in United States history, although in the end only 25% would stick out the 6 months required to receive the deed to their claim.

See also our series commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act  which provided the basis for land runs such as these.

From Doug Hagmann

At 1750 hours ET, I was contacted by my source within the Department of Homeland Security regarding the current situation at the Bundy Ranch. To put it bluntly, the people are being hoodwinked into believing that the situation is being resolved. It is not. It is a strategic de-escalation to fool the public. This source stated that the retreat of the BLM agents and the release of the cattle was actually crafted as a potential plan yesterday (Friday, 11 April 2014) based on the following:

1. A military assessment of satellite and drone surveillance imagery of the “patriot resistance. Drones under the control of the U.S. military were in use, taking real-time photographic images of not just the activity at the ranch, but “identifying the protesters, any arms and any supplies they might have or be carrying. “Mission accomplished.”

2. Real-time communication intercepts between patriots on-site and their off-site support;

3. Active monitoring of internet traffic regarding the coverage of events at ranch;

4. The monitoring of real-time video from the scene.

This source stated that a response by the patriot movement was anticipated, although exceeded their expectations. Although this was a real operation, they also ran this as a test case for future government operations once they saw the response. They were also actively managing the media, in some cases threatening to cut off White House access to anyone covering the event.

Despite this, the coverage by the alternative media began to create a public relations problem that was not easily managed. Note the lack of acknowledgment by the White House regarding this event. They are intentionally framing it as a state issue, despite the fact that all federal response has been and continues to be from the White House. There is a reason for this – a reason that has not been identified in any of the public reports to date. I will explain in further detail in a follow-up report on Sunday, after this source attends [redacted] to obtain more specific information about future federal operations. Regardless, according to this source, the government will take back ‘their land’ as they must to fulfill international obligations. It was never about grazing rights or anything other than (1) “securing clear title” to the land, and (2) further demonizing any patriotic resistance. It is my understanding, based on the information from this source, that it is a critical task to create a situation that will also advance their agenda of gun control and confiscation.

A more detailed report will follow on Sunday, 13 April 2014, with additional and much more specific information about their inside plans and future operations.PLEASE MAKE THIS VIRAL!

When Velma Johnston almost single-handedly persuaded Congress to pass the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, her goal was to protect an icon of the American West that had been slaughtered, poisoned and abused and was quickly disappearing.

More than four decades later, the woman known as “Wild Horse Annie” would undoubtedly be shocked by what her law has wrought: so many mustangs, stashed in so many places, that authorities admit they have no idea how to handle them all.

U.S. looking for ideas to help manage wild-horse overpopulation)

Two hundred years ago today, the General Land Office (GLO) opened its doors for business. Today that “land office business” continues at the Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States office, which will commemorate the occasion with events scheduled throughout the year.

In 1812, a young American nation faced the challenge of transforming wilderness to agricultural use and acquiring the revenue to pay its war debts. The GLO was established to handle the business associated with the sale of public lands for private ownership, transforming wilderness to agricultural use, and generating income for the Federal government. The GLO, in fact, became the “Gateway to Land Ownership” for millions of Americans. As the successor agency to the original GLO, the BLM, a bureau of the Department of the Interior, was established in 1946 with the merger of the Grazing Service and the GLO. 

Learn more about the history of the GLO and BLM here.

Photo: Bureau of Land Management