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RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

I had this link sent to me so I thought it would be good to post here. It's a YouTube clip worth taking the time to view it. Here's the link Using The Antiquities Act To Steal Your Land I have to agree with HPD on this. Alex Jones is not a good source of information on anything. He's the guy who started all the Jade Helm 15 hysteria last year. LS
LenSatic 05/20/16 12:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Just read a story in the local paper about a 4th generation rancher who deeded the family ranch to the FS several years ago. So, since 1905, 4 families have owned this property and raised their children and grandchildren, earned a living, and lived their dream. Then this woman, who inherited it, decides to deed it to the Forest Service because someone might build a Wal-Mart Super Center on it! Of course she never considered that she may have deprived someone else from living their dream of owning a small ranch at the base of the Huachuca Mountains. And what did she get out of "deeding" it to the FS? Tax write-off maybe? Just asking. http://www.svherald.com/free_access/loving-the-ranching-lifestyle/article_ea761388-18c1-11e6-b479-abdb20b7a05a.html That property is now, forever, out of the ranching and lifelong dream inventory. And NO, Wal-Mart would not have even considered that land. LS Did we read the same article LS? You certainly put your opinion stamp on what was printed trying to change the context to support your point of view. How so? Did I miss some mention of the Walmart real estate director calling her up and offering to buy the property? Or any other developer for that matter? Did she even put it on the market? Heck, I may have wanted it for me and my family but now I will never get the chance. Are there any cattle on it now(?) No. Yet they still call it a ranch. If you are talking the "circle of ownership", Arizona didn't become a state until 1912, 7 years after original owner bought it from a federal government that was actually trying to settle the territory. LS
LenSatic 05/14/16 11:18am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Just read a story in the local paper about a 4th generation rancher who deeded the family ranch to the FS several years ago. So, since 1905, 4 families have owned this property and raised their children and grandchildren, earned a living, and lived their dream. Then this woman, who inherited it, decides to deed it to the Forest Service because someone might build a Wal-Mart Super Center on it! Of course she never considered that she may have deprived someone else from living their dream of owning a small ranch at the base of the Huachuca Mountains. And what did she get out of "deeding" it to the FS? Tax write-off maybe? Just asking. http://www.svherald.com/free_access/loving-the-ranching-lifestyle/article_ea761388-18c1-11e6-b479-abdb20b7a05a.html That property is now, forever, out of the ranching and lifelong dream inventory. And NO, Wal-Mart would not have even considered that land. LS
LenSatic 05/13/16 08:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

I thought all we had to worry about was State Governments. Now your telling us it's the Feds? Yes. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/10/wyoming-welder-facing-16m-in-fines-beats-epa-in-battle-over-stock-pond.html LS
LenSatic 05/11/16 11:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mercury transit of the Sun May 9th, 2016

No joy for me. Anyone have any better luck? It's been about 10 years since the last transit and I don't really remember what I did then. I may have used the welding glass behind my binos. But, as I recall, there were sunspots larger than the disk of Mercury back then. Got pix icanon? LS
LenSatic 05/09/16 09:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mercury transit of the Sun May 9th, 2016

Got my Solarmax II ready for the event and they're calling for clear skies for Monday. :) Nice! I've got a solar filter for my 8" but not my 5" and I'm too lazy to set up either. It's just a tiny dark disk against a bright ball of fire anyway. ;) Can you take pix through it? If so, post them for those peeps under crying clouds. :D Good luck! LS
LenSatic 05/06/16 11:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Mercury transit of the Sun May 9th, 2016

Those planning on viewing the total eclipse in 2017 can practice using their eye protection on Mon. the 9th when Mercury will pass between Earth and the Sun. If you do not have proper eye protection, welding glass shade 13 or better or Mylar solar filters, make a pinhole camera like you learned in grade school. http://eclipsewise.com/oh/tm2016.html It's a rather long event so don't bother getting up early, I won't. ;) LS
LenSatic 05/05/16 11:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

The tree is dying (the average lifespan of a cottonwood is 100 years). It is already dropping large limbs. The BLM could continue to cut back the limbs of the tree, but they can't save it. You are so right! Problem is that they have never trimmed it. That’s their “hands-off” management style. The plan to cut it down is based on money: $10,000 to trim it back or $20,000 to cut it down. By the way, BLM won’t allow power equipment much of the year due to the birds that nest here seasonally. Had it been owned by the state, it wouldn't be a problem because they probably would have cut it down years ago. Had it been owned by Cochise County, they would probably had local tree services volunteer to trim it occasionally in exchange for free advertising. From the Arizona Land Department: "In the 88 years since statehood, the State has disposed of, or exchanged, about 1,628,079 acres of Trust lands. A total of 9,228,787 acres of Trust Land remains. Almost all of the lands are under one or more leases for natural resource uses and commercial development purposes. About 87 percent of the Trust lands are in the Common School Trust and approximately 90 percent of the Trust revenues go to that Trust." That is pretty old information given that AZ is 104 years old. When people started moving here in the ‘50s they needed somewhere to live. Plus the 3 Interstates used up quite a bit of land. Nine-plus million acres is still a lot of land and we buy an annual pass to use it. LS
LenSatic 05/05/16 11:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Here is a new petition to stop the transfer/sale of federal lands. It is being circulated by a diverse group of rock climbers, mountain bikers, hikers, etc. Let's give them our support! http://www.protectourpublicland.org/ Your beloved BLM is planning on cutting down this, roughly, 150 year-old cottonwood tree: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/Max-EPR/SPH%20cottonwood_zpsf2d8apr0.jpg Second only to birding, this is the biggest draw to The San Pedro House. But, hey, they might get sued if it falls on someone. I live a mile and 3/4 from this tree and my wife is a volunteer there. But, the Feds know better than AZ or Cochise County, right? LS
LenSatic 05/04/16 10:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

The DW can't find what's she's looking at. We went to Yellowstone up in the north east quadrant and stopped at a turnout where a group was looking at the wolf pack across valley. I took out my then new pair of binoculars I had just purchased from Cabela's in Lehi. I could see them but the DW never could find them. Can you give me the specs on the binos including brand, Dave? That might help. Pat
LenSatic 04/18/16 09:25pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

We are again looking into the heavens. Following the ISS on those evenings where it has longer fly-overs. The DW asked if we would be able to follow it using a telescope and get a better view. I realize that it would mean constant adjustment. How difficult is it with an amateur telescope? I've used your suggestion of a monopod for the binoculars with some success, the DW can't handle it. I suppose that anything is possible but it'd be **** hard. A telescope's field of view is very narrow and even finding relatively stationary stars is a challenge by hand. Acquiring a moving object would be nearly impossible. What is your wife have trouble with? LS
LenSatic 04/18/16 05:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

But if you choose state management and the states are forced to sell much of the land, then you will have MANY MORE restrictions because private property owners likely will not readily allow outdoor recreation. I will take and fight for door #1, even with its flaws. No one has said who these "private" buyers would be. They are not going to sell Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. Ranchers won't buy the land because they don't want to pay a fixed property tax. If all of the BLM land around me became available for purchase, we'd probably buy about 40 or 50 acres. There would be no other buyers and there are thousands of acres around us. The rancher who grazes here just wants to pay the per head fee. But, he does not want the number of head reduced. LS
LenSatic 04/09/16 11:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Even so, a few of you continue to bash the feds. Yes, I know it is popular. Here's the deal: I am NOT defending the feds. They are a long ways from perfect. I AM defending our federal lands, because I know what will happen to them if the feds lose control. I am surprised that on a public lands boondocking thread there are several people against federal land ownership. So I have a question for you: If our public lands disappear, where do you think you are going to boondock? The KOA? While I still contend that such ownership is unconstitutional, I am not categorically opposed to Federal ownership, I just want them to return to their original mission to work with and for the miners, loggers, ranchers, and recreational users. I believe that that is what the ranchers and Shoshone want also; they want the government to honor the original agreements. Lensatic :: unfortunately, you stated you'd turn my post on its head, but then failed to do it. I didn’t mean to imply that I would refute it, just that there was a flip-side to your example. LS
LenSatic 04/07/16 06:40pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

One of the problematic issues with such designations, it can change minutely over time and number of changes. When a tiny step takes place - it's rationalized as "a tiny step" a very small change. Then over time, twenty small changes becomes a very large changes from the original charter. Each time, the justification becomes "a tiny change" - but doesn't recognize the accumulation of multiple small revisions. Suddenly it goes from "OK, percent you can lease 20 percent, then next time, OK, it's only 20 percent more - now it's 40 percent ... pretty soon, well we can lease it, why not sell 20 percent and keep 80 percent ... OK, we can sell 20 percent, why not sell JUST 40 percent ... pretty soon it's, well, let's keep at least 10 percent for the public use. And bingo, we lost nearly every acre of usable public land in tiny steps, and what remains is primarily inaccessible and pushes the remaining wildlife into a small portion of what was once a large wilderness habitat. Allow me to turn that on it's head. The claim by the western ranchers is that BLM is nibbling away at the number of cattle that they can graze on the federally managed land. Say 1000 head 20 years ago has been reduced to 350 head now. That drives up the price of meat on your grill and down the profit for the rancher which will eventually drive them out of business and off their land. Central Valley CA: how much do you enjoy eating that Delta Smelt that is driving farmers out of business due to restricted water use? Building homes along the SOCAL coast. Can't build near El Segundo because of the El Segundo Blue Butterfly. Of course, there is also the Playa Del Rey Blue, Manhattan Beach Blue, El Porto Blue, Hermosa Blue, Redondo Blue, etc. all along the coast. Butterflies are not residents of specific beach cities. The, so called, environmentalists have infiltrated the "conservationist" organizations in a effort to restrict growth; reduce it, even. But we are to accept it so that we can camp for free? How about we force the FS and BLM to go back to their original charter to encourage and ensure responsible and profitable natural resource use for all? LS
LenSatic 04/06/16 09:53pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

When you add management of the national forests into the equation, then you have land management that produces NO revenue. Where will the states get the money to manage that produces NO revenue (beyond hunting and fishing license) -- the states will soon find a way, whether selling it, or leasing mining or drilling, or harvesting rights ... and there goes the quality of our forests. The lack of harvesting has been responsible for the numerous large forest fires here in the West. BTW, you left out grazing permits on the flatlands. ...and waterways. Like the Animas River in CO? :? BLM used to manage the local shooting range just up the road from us. The two mile road from the highway to the range was only usable by high-clearance vehicles. Several months ago, BLM transferred control to AZ Game and Fish. AZGFD quickly repaired the road so that it is now easily accessed by all vehicles. The net result is more revenue for the range. They just added a Skeet and Trap shooting range and it already brings in more than the other ranges put together. All of this without raising range fees. LS
LenSatic 03/26/16 12:51pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

If the States can sell the land to developers it will happen, but if its just more land that they have to maintain, you can bet the States won't like it one bit. Either way, I suspect that we lose Do you honestly believe that it's that easy to develop land? Boy, do I have a great deal for you! Would you like a brochure? There are several "developments" around here that have been under development for decades. Another Hollywood myth: "Build it and they will come." The large ranches sell out to these get-rich-quick "developers". The developers grade roads, mark out lots, draw up maps and wait for the buyers to line up ready to build and live the good life. Well, they actually wait until they go bankrupt. Fly around SE AZ and SW NM in Google Earth and look for all the graded roads in abandoned areas. Essentially, modern developers are building instant Ghost Towns. May I recommend Glengarry Glen Ross for your viewing pleasure. ;) LS
LenSatic 03/25/16 12:56pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

You can quit with the Shoshone question. I am not going to answer it. Your first hero was Cliven Bundy. That pretty much says it all. Thanks for putting words in my post. Clearly, that was the word I was searching for, “Hero.” Bundy was an example of what ranchers are facing in that area and many stood, and still stand, with him. Had my example been Raymond Yowell would you have known who he was? The Shoshone have been fighting BLM since 1951 or so, and losing. It is time for all federal land users to decide if their heart lies closer to Cliven Bundy (Chief Raymond Yowell – LS) or to Theodore Roosevelt. I am confident the majority will go with Teddy. Federal Land Users include the ranchers who are raising your food at reasonable prices. The ranchers don’t pay those fees. The fees are added to the cost of a head of cattle and passed on to the consumer. Well, it is until the consumer can’t afford it anymore. And the fees themselves are stripped away to maintain the infrastructure of the bureaucracy, in DC, that collects them. If those fees went to Carson City, instead, I argue that more would be available for land management by the State of Nevada. I do agree with you that most will side with you and Teddy, though. That said, I'm tired of playing ping-pong. I said that our minds would not be changed and I've made my points, so I'm going to go take my dog for a walk on my neighbors land, BLM land. ;) LS
LenSatic 03/24/16 01:00pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

From my point of view, you'd have greater redress than through any state entity. Since my point of view has the same amount of facts as your response, it's every bit as valid. "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're out to get you" Did you miss the part where I actually went through this with the state of AZ and it was cleared up in, roughly, 3 months? I consider that "facts". Our U.S. Congressman represented 600,000 people at the time. Do you really think he'd care about my piddly problem? BTW, I notice a deflection of topic onto my small example rather than the larger issue first raised. At least deflect to the Shoshone as their issue is far more relevant. LS
LenSatic 03/23/16 10:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Sounds like you have close ties to the oil industry. As does everyone on RV.net. I mentioned earlier that we hold gas and oil leases from our land in OK. From when I was 0 until 9, my dad was an engineer laying pipeline, to, and building a refinery in Beaumont, TX. After that, he was an engineer on Titan II missile sites in CO. So, I guess I have close ties to nuclear war, too. Add to those: I also have close ties to the cattle, wheat, corn, television, movie, and airline industries. I also have close ties to facts. Now, how about those Shoshone Indians? BTW, I noticed that of your 57 posts, only 4 were not on the federal lands issue. Where do your close ties lie? LS
LenSatic 03/23/16 07:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

As you may know, fracking is a relatively new technology. Not true. Hydraulic fracturing dates back to 1949. I date back to 1950. I will agree that it's a relatively new target of anti-oil activists, though. That said, we've wandered off the reservation here. Speaking of which, how about those Shoshone? LS
LenSatic 03/23/16 06:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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