Ranchers Ride Petition to Governor Sandoval

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Updated: 5/30 6:24 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - The Bureau of Land Management has agreed to allow ranchers to graze cattle on 300 square miles of Northern Nevada rangeland with the condition that ranchers remove their livestock should drought conditions worsen.

The BLM says the agreement is valid for a full year. Still, Battle Mountain ranchers voiced their anger towards the BLM through a week long horse-back grass march, ending at the state capitol today.
Several dozen of ranchers and their supporters delivered a petition of about a thousand signatures pony-express style to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, calling for the removal of one specific BLM official.

"The problem we have in the BLM district battle mountain is clearly Doug Furtado,” says Assemblyman Ira Hansen, (R) Sparks. “and that's why there's been a concerted effort to remove him from the position."

Ranchers, supporters and lawmakers believe BLM Battle Mountain District Manager Doug Furtado has over-reached his authority by allegedly intimidating ranching families, who depend on the grass there to feed their cattle.

"Without notice and without hearing, [he’s] reaching out and hurting the ranchers by not allowing them to turn out their cattle on the grass which is 18 inches to two feet tall," says Elko County Commissioner, Grant Gerber.

Gerber says the Argent allotment in Lander County should have been grazed down before fire season, and the tall grass will now pose a wildfire threat to wildlife.

"If he continues with this course, that area will burn. It will burn,” says Gerber.

The BLM says grazing permits have to be reduced during time of drought as less forage is available for livestock and wildlife. This season, the agency reduced permits by 20%.

In a statement-- the BLM says: “Although the drought's impact on ecosystem processes and function is beyond the control [of] BLM staff, the agency will continue to address issues and manage uses with a view toward the long-term health and productivity of public lands.”

A BLM spokeswoman also tells News 4 they will not remove an official based solely on a petition. However, the ranchers and their supporters say they will not quit.

Hansen asserts, "The BLM will respond to the political will of the State of Nevada represented through the Governor,”


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ProudNvRancher - 6/3/2014 11:34 PM
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Renojim...Get the facts before you comment on anymore posts .. You truely are clueless!!! I don't think there's any hope for you. Enjoy your 3 meals a day provided by us farmers and ranchers you dislike so much!!

renojim - 6/2/2014 8:19 AM
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ProudNvRancher, you do your job to make money, like we all go to work to do. Don't BS us with the "I'm just doing it to feel good". You get up and go to work, like the millions of other Americans everyday. The funny thing is, you don't want to pay your fees, but if their was a fire on your land, you would expect the government to fight it for you, you want your mail delivered way out in the middle of nowhere by the government, you want subsidies from the government, you want and want and want, so to get what you want you have to pay a fee. Every business, small to large has fees to pay, do your part. If you can't afford it, then guess what you may have to close your business because you are not successful at it. When businesses aren't successful they close and ones that are profit. That is America, always has been. Don't ask for a hand out, make more money!!!

ProudNvRancher - 6/1/2014 9:57 PM
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Renojim - We do not set the prices in the store.we are actually making the same price on our cattle as we made in the 70's . Your comment just shoes how truely ignorant you are about our situation. You complaine about us ranchers and farmers but I still bet you fill your plate up every meal without giving a thought about what kind of effort was put into creating that food for you! All the farmers and ranchers I know are good stewards of the land, otherwise there would not be anything for the next year ! I feel proud be be a part of actually making something ... Not for just myself but for others as well. What do You give back to anyone???? I say your welcome ... Because I realize that you don't even know what you don't know!!!!

retired51 - 6/1/2014 4:15 PM
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Welfare ranchers? Yes there are a lot of them! If you get subsidy's from the government then yes you can and are a welfare rancher!!

retired51 - 6/1/2014 4:13 PM
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Sierra 11 have you ever read the Nevada constitution? I highly doubt it!! You must still be bent that the south lost the war because you obviously have no opposition to slavery! And yes you idiot the war was about slavery dumbass!

Kramer - 6/1/2014 2:27 PM
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'the original environmentalists'? It wasn't the guys who slaughtered almost all the buffalo and eliminated cutthroat trout from Lake Tahoe? U know that sheep were called "hooved locusts"? every operation is different and the BLM has room to improve (like the range)

Kramer - 6/1/2014 2:23 PM
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sierra 11 is a real wing-nut, No?

Kramer - 6/1/2014 2:23 PM
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sloppy and petty Comments by liberals, overused and exaggerated claims by ranchers. The idea is to support rural communities and provide reasonable access to public lands; it is not a property rights issue because the matter has been litigated over and over. the Federal govt. issued land grants to railroads and states (mostly for education); the Right (one cap) is subject to reasonable limitations and nominal fees (in theory). Could go on but 'potshots' appear to be the Norm here.

renojim - 6/1/2014 8:22 AM
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I didn't say thank you @ProudNvRancher, so your the reason why food prices are so high? Everytime I go the grocery store I say to myself, who is profiting on this $5 gallon of milk, this $12 a pound steak. So take your profits and pay your fees dammit!!!

renojim - 6/1/2014 8:18 AM
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Don't these idiots know about e-mail, the iternet etc. lol, probably still brew their coffee over an open fire in a field. Get over it and ride on.
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