House subcommittee hears tales of federal land managers abusing their power

(Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber begins at about 50:00 and again at 2:30:00.)

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The House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation picked up with part II this past week with its hearing on “Threats, Intimidation and Bully by Federal Land Managing Agencies.” Previously Nevada rancher Wayne Hage testified in Part I.

Grant Gerber testifies before Congress.

Grant Gerber testifies before Congress.

Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber testified federal managers used to be “friendly, they came to the ranch, we worked with them, but over the years that’s changed. …

“They’re predominantly from outside the area and do not develop connections with the locals,” said Gerber. “Many start out with a belligerent attitude, even a commanding presence. They’re especially offended if anyone opposes any federal government actions.”

He told one officer who ticketed some men for illegally cutting firewood, even though the men had a permit. The officer thought he was in a wilderness study area, but he was on the wrong mountain.

Gerber also pointed out that the livelihoods of ranchers rest on the “whims” of BLM managers who are not even following their own rules. He also noted rancher Cliven Bundy tried to cooperate with the BLM but they denied him and other ranchers the right to profitably graze the range as they had done for generations.

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9 comments on “House subcommittee hears tales of federal land managers abusing their power

  1. Athos says:

    So what are they going to do about it??

  2. Winston Smith says:

    “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.”

  3. Congress will do NOTHING! As usual.

  4. Steve says:

    Yeah, CONGRESS will do nothing….
    Unless “Prime Minister Harry” can find some way to capitalize on it!

  5. bc says:

    In 2000 before I left Nevada I voted for Reid, thinking that with him moving up the leadership ladder and being a small town guy he could keep an eye out for Nevada and the rural interest along with gaming. It seems he sold out his soul to the Party.

  6. Athos says:

    The Communist Party, bc.

    or the Devil (which is one and the same)

  7. Steve says:

    Don’t get me started on what Reid has become…I might make George Carlin roll over in his grave.

  8. nyp says:

    The US economy grew by an extremely healthy 4% in the last fiscal quarter. I blame ObamaCare.

  9. Boyd says:

    Mmmm. The troll is strong with this one.

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