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Cliven Bundy II? Utah protesters prepare for new face-off 

blm staffer put road closed signs

What needs to remembered here is that the Cliven Bundy supporters are actually trying to do away with public lands. Long ago – in the 19th century, some hunters, proto-environmentalists and others were conservationists. They sought to protect the habitat from mankind’s incursions, so wildlife could flourish – eventually creating the National parks system in the 20th century. Now, anti-government types would tear apart the the various public parks system, privatizing much of it – with some remaining local county level parks torn apart by ATVs and off-road vehicles for their personal recreation. The extreme short sightedness of Cliven Bundy’s followers would quickly exterminate many species of wild life that cling to life out in the West…including the wild horses that remain there. Remember this in conversations with friends about this in the coming days. ~ HfH

From: LA Times
By: John Glionna

Cliven Bundy II? Utah protesters prepare for new face-off with feds

blm staffer put road closed signs

In this 2010 photo, Bureau of Land Management staffer Tom Heinlein puts a “No vehicles” placard at the trail head of Recapture Canyon near Blanding, Utah. (Leah Hogsten / Salt Lake Tribune)

This eye-blink of a town in the state’s scenic southeastern corner bills itself as the “Gateway to Adventure.” But this weekend it promises to be more like a launchpad for civil unrest.

A band of angry citizens plans to ride all-terrain vehicles onto closed-off, federally managed public land Saturday in protest against the federal Bureau of Land Management, which many say has unfairly closed off a prized area, cheating residents of outdoor recreation.

The ride, organized by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, is a gambit to assert county sovereignty over Recapture Canyon, known for its archaeological ruins, that BLM officials say has been jeopardized from overuse. The canyon was closed to motor vehicles in 2007, the agency said, after two men forged an illegal seven-mile trail. Hikers and those on horseback are still allowed there.

Lyman and his supporters want the BLM to act more quickly on a years-old request for a public right-of-way through the area. “You can’t just arbitrarily shut down a road in San Juan County,” he said. “If you can do that and get away with it, what else can you do?”

The revolt has received national attention, coming at the heels of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s successful standoff last month against the BLM that suggests a rising battle across the West over states’ rights on federally managed public lands. Tensions rose in Utah this week after two men pointed a gun at a BLM employee on a highway.

The Blanding protest is being spearheaded not by any citizen rancher like Bundy, but rather by an outspoken local public official — a sign of the growing frustrations in a rural county composed of nearly 90% public lands managed by the BLM. As a result, locals say, they have long been shut out of land-use decisions that that intimately affect their lives and economy.

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