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Why Clive Bundy isn't WRONG regarding grazing fees

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There have been a lot of people criticizing Clive Bundy because he did not pay his grazing fees for 20 years. The public is also probably wondering why so many other cowboys are supporting Mr. Bundy even though they paid their fees and Clive did not. What you people probably do not realize is that on every rancher’s grazing permit it says the following: “You are authorized to make grazing use of the lands, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and covered by this grazing permit, upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this grazing permit and payment of grazing fees when due.” The “mandatory” terms and conditions go on to list the allotment, the number and kind of livestock to be grazed, when the permit begins and ends, the number of active or suspended AUMs (animal units per month), etc. The terms and conditions also list specific requirements such as where salt or mineral supplements can be located, maximum allowable use of forage levels (40% of annual growth), etc., and include a lot more stringent policies that must be adhered to. Every rancher must sign this “contract” agreeing to abide by the TERMS AND CONDITIONS before he or she can make payment. In the early 90s, the BLM went on a frenzy and drastically cut almost every rancher’s permit because of this desert tortoise issue, even though all of us ranchers knew that cow and desert tortoise had co-existed for a hundred+ years. As an example, a family friend had his permit cut by 90%. For those of you who are non ranchers, that would be equated to getting your paycheck cut 90%. In 1976 there were approximately 52 ranching permittees in this area of Nevada. Presently, there are 3. Most of these people lost their livelihoods because of the actions of the BLM. Clive Bundy was one of these people who received extremely unfair and unreasonable TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Keep in mind that Mr. Bundy was required to sign this contract before he was allowed to pay. Had Clive signed on the dotted line, he would have, in essence, signed his very livelihood away. And so Mr. Bundy took a stand, not only for himself, but for all of us. He refused to be destroyed by a tyrannical federal entity and to have his American liberties and freedoms taken away. Also keep in mind that all ranchers financially paid dearly for the forage rights those permits allow – - not rights to the land, but rights to use the forage that grows on that land. Many of these AUMS are water based, meaning that the rancher also has a vested right (state owned, not federal) to the waters that adjoin the lands and allow the livestock to drink. These water rights were also purchased at a great price. If a rancher cannot show beneficial use of the water (he must have the appropriate number of livestock that drinks and uses that water), then he loses that water right. Usually water rights and forage rights go hand in hand. Contrary to what the BLM is telling you, they NEVER compensate a rancher for the AUMs they take away. Most times, they tell ranchers that their AUMS are “suspended,” but not removed. Unfortunately, my family has thousands of “suspended” AUMs that will probably never be returned. And so, even though these ranchers throughout the course of a hundred years invested thousands(and perhaps millions) of dollars and sacrificed along the way to obtain these rights through purchase from others, at a whim the government can take everything away with the stroke of a pen. This is the very thing that Clive Bundy single-handedly took a stand against. Thank you, Clive, from a rancher who considers you a hero.

 

http://www.mediafire.com/view/ni938zpa6bu23ly/A%20LIST%20OF%20BUNDYS%20RIGHTS.doc

 

http://www.mediafire.com/view/cefu51t1c9vnmbj/CLIVEN%20BUNDY.pdf

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    • Caroline

      well I have a problem with BLM calculations:
      on their own site, the grazing fee per head/per month is $1.35.
      Taking into consideration he kept 900 and the fee was the same for the past 20 years I am coming little short of 300, 000.
      Even with penalties it is a far cry from a million dollars.
      I know I am not the greatest mathematician, or maybe I am confused?

      • greenghost

        Intrest, penalties and fines for not paying. Lucky he was not imediately thrown in jail.

    • greenghost

      The Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 specifically states that the issuance of a grazing permit does not confer any right to graze or right to own the land. The Taylor Grazing Act is the granddaddy of the U.S. laws governing grazing on federal land. “Taylor” was a rancher and a congressman from Colorado, hardly someone to want government tyranny over ranching.

    • Anonymous

      Where are all the NEOCON COWARDS?
      Where is Mittens Romney in the Bundy mess!?
      Where is the big time Freedom Lover Hero ????
      HIDING like ALWAYS
      ———————–
      The Romneys wrap themselves in the American FLAG but NEVER wrap themselves in an American UNIFORM.
      “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”
      (1) Great Grandpa Romney ran to Mexico to dodge American laws
      (2) Grandpa Romney FLIP-FLOPPED back to America when Mexico got dangerous.
      (3) Daddy Romney NEVER SERVED through WWII and Korea.
      (4) MITTENS Romney used “missionary” deferments to DODGE the Viet Nam draft.
      (5) FIVE sons, and NOT ONE ever wore an AMERICAN UNIFORM.
      FIVE GENERATIONS, NINE “males”, and NOT ONE actually LOVED America enough to SERVE this Nation. The only thing “conservative” about the Romney Family is conserving THEIR OWN BEHINDS.
      No Romney ever comes back missing a limb, in a box, or with PTSD …….. because no Romney ever SERVES.
      The Romneys LOVE WAR …… because they get RICH off of the suffering of OTHERS.
      The RomNEOCONS have been happily stuffing their pockets with DEFENSE stocks, chanting for more war, and stay injury-free safe at HOME to enjoy their wealth ………… while Americans bleed.
      http://dougwead.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/how-mitt-romney-cheated-his-way-to-the-gop-nomination/#comment-39656
      http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/07/30/whiplash-mitt-romney-lavishes-praise-on-israels-socialist-government-controlled-healthcare-system/

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