After a couple of decades of stubborn refusal to abide by court orders and demands to remove his cattle from public lands to which he has no legal ownership or rights, Bunkerville Rancher Cliven Bundy’s days of flagrant lawlessness appear to be coming to an end. The following information was provided yesterday:
Temporary Closure in Northeastern Clark County Due to Trespass Cattle Impoundment
Las Vegas – Public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Northeastern portions of Clark County within the Gold Butte, Mormon Mesa, Bunkerville Flats Areas will be subject to temporary closures beginning March 27, 2014.
The BLM Southern Nevada District Office and the National Park Service’s (NPS) Lake Mead National Recreation Area are taking steps to resolve a long-standing cattle trespass on federal lands. As cattle that are in trespass are removed, specific geographic areas within the overall closure boundary will be temporarily closed as necessary for the safety of the public, federal employees and contractor personnel. Areas temporarily closed to public access will be posted with signs and a temporary closure notice. Some areas may also be temporarily fenced off to members of the public.
Details of closures within BLM-managed lands are available in a Notice of Temporary Closure on Public Land that will publish March 27, 2014. At Lake Mead National Recreation Area, closures will be announced, as they are needed, through future news releases.
For more than two decades, cattle have been grazed illegally on public lands in northeast Clark County, Nev. The BLM and NPS have made repeated attempts to resolve this matter administratively and judicially. Impoundment of cattle illegally grazing on public lands is an option of last resort. The BLM and NPS are working closely with local, state and federal officials to ensure the gather of unauthorized cattle occurs in a safe and orderly manner.
The relevant Court Orders are posted at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/more/trespass_cattle/court_orders.html
Update information on temporary closures will be posted daily at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/more/trespass_cattle/daily_public_land.html
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
BLM – Southern Nevada District Office 4701 N.Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130
LetsTalk Notes: The “roundup” period is slated to possibly last for up to 46 days until May 12th. For prior stories on the Bundy Cattle trespass issue please click on any of the stories below: