You do not have to be a member of the Arizona Cattle Grower’s Association (or even live in Arizona) to submit comments on this very important to western ranchers issue. — jtl
Call-to-Action to Submit Comments
Mexican Gray Wolf Update
Thank you to those who attended the hearing in Pinetop last week. Now, we need everyone else to come together and submit comments and letters to your local papers.
The Arizona Cattle Growers’ retained Norm James to submit an extensive set of comments late last year and have also worked closely with Arizona Game and Fish, Counties, Sportsman and other groups. The USFWS have completely ignored our comments and are pandering to the environmentalists.
ACGA has again retained Norm James to submit yet another set of comments. ACGA is working with an extensive coalition again which includes agencies, counties and coalition to best position ourselves in the battle against the USFWS.
We encourage members to do the following:
- Submit comments about your operation and the impacts it may have. Deadline to submit is September 23, 2014.
- Write letters to the editor for your local paper about how USFWS is destroying rural communities. See example from Roger & Sandra Warner and Arizona Game & Fish
- USFWS is expanding the program 10 fold and have not scientifically or otherwise justified the need for expansion.
- USFWS has failed to reach any goals from the 1982 recovery plan for 16 years it is time to shut down this horrible government experiment.
- USFWS is making a mockery out of the public process required by NEPA. They have ignored comments by credible sources and other government agencies.
- USFWS is ripping at the fabric of rural Arizona and is forcing more broken policy onto citizens on top of a failed program.
- We do not need an expanded recovery area and we do not need more wolves.
- We need a true and reliable compensation program that will keep ranchers in business and properly deal with nuisances’ wolves.
ACGA Wolf Policy
7-18-2014- Mexican Gray Wolf
Whereas, the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program is a failure
Therefore be it resolved:
- The Mexican wolf program should be terminated, and that if the existing Mexican Wolf Program is not terminated, it should at the very least cap the wolf population at 100 individuals as set forth in the 1982 Recovery Plan and that, upon reaching that number, the wolf population should be kept at 100 or less.
- That the wolf reintroduction area should not be expanded nor should new wolf releases occur in any area without the agency completing NEPA;
- The wolf program shall be administered by the state wildlife agencies and fully funded by the federal government.
- Livestock producers shall be adequately compensated for all damages associated with the implementation of the wolf recovery program.
- All wolves straying out of the recovery area need to be captured and returned to the recovery area and that those engaging in predation on livestock must be promptly and permanently eliminated.
Submit Comments to EPA on WOTUS
The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed an expansion of their federal authority over “waters of the U.S.” The agencies have proposed to redefine the definition of “Waters of the United States,” and that new definition would require cattle ranchers to get the permission of the federal government anytime they needed to expand, do maintenance, or perform routine activities like driving a tractor through a pasture. Almost all activities on our open land will now touch a “water of the United States” under the expanded definition.
- Please take the time to submit comments to the EPA and tell them to #DitchTheRule
- Deadline to submit: October 20th
- You will find sample comments, that you can submit or edit to fit your situation. Remember that these comments will be more impactful if you tell your story, so please feel free to add your thoughts. Use NCBA’s easy form here.
- Press releases:
Arizona Water Protection Fund
Review & Submit Comments
The Arizona Water Protection Fund (AWPF) is a competitive state grant program that provides money to interested parties for maintaining, enhancing and restoring river and riparian resources throughout Arizona, including projects that benefit fish and wildlife that are dependent on these important resources. The distribution of grant funds from the AWPF is authorized pursuant to A.R.S. § 45-2101 et seq. and is overseen by the Arizona Water Protection Fund Commission (Commission). The program is administered through the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR).
The Commission recently closed out the FY2014 Grant Cycle by awarding grant funds to a variety of projects around the state which will advance the stated mission of the Fund. In preparation for the upcoming FY2015 Grant Cycle the Commission would like to review the current application process and funding priorities. Therefore, we are soliciting comments from landowners, state agencies, local government entities, non-profit organizations, agricultural producers, and the general public about the current AWPF grant process.
For the most recent version of the WPF application, past grant award reporting, and other detailed information pertaining to the program please go to www.azwpf.gov.
Please send your comments electronically or in writing by October 31, 2014 to:
Arizona Water Protection Fund
3550 N Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View by Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume
PAPERBACK VERSION COMING SOON
Murray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”
This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.
The book started out life as an assigned reading list for a university level course entitled Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View.
As I began to prepare to teach the course, I quickly saw that there was a plethora of textbooks suitable for universal level courses dealing with environmental and natural resource economics. The only problem was that they were all based in mainstream neo-classical (or Keynesian) theory. I could find no single collection of material comprising a comprehensive treatment of environmental and natural resource economics based on Austrian Economic Theory.
However, I was able to find a large number of essays, monographs, papers delivered at professional meetings and published from a multitude of sources. This book is the result. It is composed of a collection of research reports and essays by reputable scientists, economists, and legal experts as well as private property and free market activists.
The book is organized into seven parts: I. Environmentalism: The New State Religion; II. The New State Religion Debunked; III. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; IV. Interventionism: Law and Regulation; V. Pollution and Recycling; VI. Property Rights: Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain; and VII. Free Market Conservation. It also includes an elaborate Bibliography, References and Recommended Reading section including an extensive Annotated Bibliography of related and works on the subject.
The intellectual level of the individual works ranges from quite scholarly to informed editorial opinion.