Oppressive Land Managers

Rulers of the Western Domain...

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

-Excerpt from Declaration of Independence, 1776

Simply put, there are some federal land managers in Nevada who have no business being here. These individuals rule over their little “domains” with impunity exercising bias in their decision making and running rough shod over public land users who they have personally deemed unworthy.

Federal land managers are appointed (not elected) to a post that oversees massive swaths of public land encompassing enormous amounts of land in the Western States. Although they are required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to take public comment, they are not bound to heed or adopt such input when issuing final directives that affect public land use. Unlike a city council, county commission, or state legislature, federal land managers are not subject to the will of the people and can act on their own accord to pursue initiatives that satisfy their own self interests. If the local populace are unhappy with the directives that are issued from a land management official, too bad - they cannot remove, impeach, or elect a replacement.

 

How do they remain at their post? One simple method is to align and appease those public land users who have one of two things; influence or money.... or preferably both. If a federal land manager can get the likes of the Wild Horse lobby and/or the mining industry in their back pocket, their job security will have been solidified. Unfortunately, the same land manager then has the ability to restrict or impede on the land use activities of those users that he/she feels are not as beneficial or deemed worthless by their personal standards.

 

As if that wasn't bad enough, it is unknown what power of authority can remove an oppressive land manager. A previous Nevada State BLM Director has stated that they do not have the power to relieve a district BLM manager of their duties; if not the State Director, then who?

It is well known that federal land management decisions have an enormous impact on local communities and the  industry, economies, and people held therein. As such, the local populace should not only have some influence over how those decisions are made, but the selection of the individuals who will be making such decisions. Further, if the local populace and elected officials deem that a federal land manager is found to be lacking in their duties to administer multiple use public land, whether by choosing "winners" and "losers" or simply targeting the use of a single industry or group, then the local citizenry should have the authority to bring forth a grievance that will be heard and enforced.

IN THE NEWS

Tension Between Ranchers and Federal Officials is Dangerously High in Nevada

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