Ranches For Sale in Utah: Conservation as a Primary Ranching Goal
On March 27, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management closed off 145,604 acres of federal land in Utah to implement the capture, impound, and removal of trespass cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy. BLM officials round up Bundy’s livestock on April 5; however, armed protesters in support of Bundy flocked to the site on April 12 and went head-to-head with the BLM, causing a week-long battle that led to several arrests.
The incident received national attention and garnered proponents and opponents for both sides. One topic that the incident has placed on the spotlight is the issue of federal land conservation and what the government can do to heighten its conservation efforts. Bruce Babbitt, a columnist for The Denver Post, offers his two cents on what’s within the President’s power to achieve that goal.
He can begin by using the Antiquities Act to establish more national monuments. Some may counsel caution in light of the recent House passage of a bill by Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop to gut the law. However, the best way to protect and preserve the Antiquities Act is to use it visibly and vigorously, thereby demonstrating once again the broad public support it has enjoyed for more than 100 years.
The president could start with California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bill to protect a million acres in the Mojave Desert of California. Or he could take up Maine Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud’s bill to protect the scores of small islands that host seabird colonies off the coast of Maine. The president can use his authority under the Antiquities Act to take these bills and their establishing language and designate the lands in questions as new national monuments.
Agricultural and open space lands, as well as ranches for sale in Utah, are all critical components of Utah’s economy and part of what makes the State a beautiful place to live in and visit. One of the conservation tools that the State utilizes to protect its land is the use of conservation easements. By definition, conservation easements are a binding agreement between a ranch owner and a land trust or government agency that limits the use of ranches in the state to uphold their conservation values for as long as the agreement is in place.
Entering into a conservation easement comes with a lot of benefits. It also comes with a lot of questions. To learn more about conservation easements, consult with trusted brokers of Utah ranches for sale like Mirr Ranch Group. With years of experience in the acquisition and disposition of ranches with conservation values, these brokers can answer all your questions about conservation easements and if it’s right for your situation.
(Source: What the president can do right now for conservation, The Denver Post, May 15, 2014)