California Ranchers Rebel As 1.8 Million Acres Set Aside For… Frogs?

California Ranchers Rebel As 1.8 Million Acres Set Aside For… Frogs?

 

This is an example of Reflexive Law being applied, which I explained in Chapter 7 of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation. This whole twisted mess started when the radical Center for Biological Diversity (based in Tucson, Arizona) sued the state of California for alleged abuses that endangered a native frog, that required the U.S. Fish & Wildlife to intervene and sequester huge tracks of land. In the meantime, the ranchers are being forced to comply with regulations that they had no part in creating in the first place.  TN Editor


Tiny frogs and toads used to swarm over the Sierra Nevada. Now, the government says nearly 2 million acres of land needs to be preserved to prevent them from going extinct.

California ranchers and logging groups say those protections are hurting their ability to make a living. So another conflict over the Endangered Species Act is going to court.

The California Farm Bureau and two ranchers’ associations sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday, challenging a year-old decision to designate more than 1.8 million acres of rural California as “critical habitat” for three species of frogs and toads that are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Loggers and ranchers who harvest timber or graze cattle on public lands worry the new restrictions on land use will eventually make it more difficult – if not impossible – to make a living in the Sierra, said Shaun Crook, a Tuolumne County cattle rancher whose family also owns a logging company.

“It has the economic impact of putting you out of business is what that reality could be,” said Crook, president of the Tuolumne County Farm Bureau.

Even though the designation was made a year ago, Crook said federal officials haven’t yet told him how the protections will affect his cattle, which graze on federal lands. But he said he and other ranchers worry that major tracts of land will be put off limits or they’ll be required to install fencing around protected areas.

The case affects a wide swath of the Sierra Nevada region, from Lassen to Inyo counties. It includes portions of Placer and El Dorado counties. Most of the land is owned by the government and is in designated wilderness areas, where the “highest level of conservation protection” on federal land is required, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The critical habitat designation subjects farmers “to substantial regulatory burdens that impose, among other things, study costs, risk assessments, mitigation fees, operational changes, permit fees, and consulting expenses,” said the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. “In some cases, these burdens put the rancher’s livelihood at risk.” The farm groups are represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento nonprofit that fights for conservative and property-rights causes.


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Comments

  1. greg k 8 August, 2017, 11:51

    There were actually 2 frog species involved originally. They were hedging their bets to get as much land secured as possible. This is eerily similar to the Spotted Owl. After years of back and forth, the government (signed by Bush), secured about 9 million acres of forest. Then, immediately after the sequestration, the USFW revised the Spotted Owl Recovery Plan to include killing the real problem, the Barred Owl. The Barred Owl migrated from New Mexico into Pacific forests due to; Open spaces, and old growth trees in parks, both set aside for “Future Generations.” I was helping with the folks narrative when someone gave the Kooks my phone number and they got on their database to phone bomb my cell phone out of existence. Pay close attention to this one gang, because the Sage Grouse is coming.

    Understand this, the habitat is not the main problem for the Sage Grouse’s declining populations. It plays a role, but it’s main enemy is the loss of the Jack Rabbit from the same habitat. Some of the older folk will remember in the 60’s and 70’s when the jack rabbits had a price on its head. In fact, in this region they would go out with baseball bats and kill them by the hundreds. I hate to say it, but the farmer/ ranchers facilitated a lot of the carnage. I will say that, if they knew then what they know now, it wouldn’t have happened. If you are going to push an agenda right now, push the re-establishment of the jack rabbit, so the apex predators have something else to target.

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