Lawmakers from at least five states tried to negotiate on behalf of rancher Ammon Bundy and his followers, when they took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon this January, says Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Boise, Idaho — The Storm Over Rangelands property rights conference got underway sharply last Saturday, with protestors outside the city center shouting “Public lands in public hands!” and “Biodiversity not bullies!”
After more than three-weeks of national media attention, the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon took a violent turn Tuesday afternoon when federal officials stopped several of the militia members on a state highway outside of Burns, Oregon, reports the New York Times.
While the Malheur occupation continues in Oregon, a potentially bigger public lands debate is unfolding in southeast Utah. Last week, after three years of debate and 1,200 community meetings, Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, revealed their Public Lands Initiative.