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Volume 3, Number 12 - June 19, 2003
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Western Watersheds Project to open office

by Cat Urbigkit

The Western Watersheds Project, an anti-livestock grazing organization, plans to announce within the next few weeks that it will be opening an office in Wyoming, and that office will be located in Pinedale.

WWP is the Idaho-based organization formerly called the Idaho Watersheds Project and a major organizer of the RangeNet annual conferences for anti-livestock grazing activists.

Interviewed Tuesday afternoon, WWP's Jon Marvel talked about the goals of the organization's work in Wyoming.

"We'd like the land-management agencies in Wyoming to start obeying the law," Marvel said, providing two examples.

The first involves the recent settlement agreement between the Bureau of Land Management and Worland rancher Frank Robbins.

"The settlement with Frank Robbins requires the BLM to violate the law," Marvel said. "It's illegal to provide a grazing permit to a person who has violated the terms of a grazing permit and had his permit rescinded, which is what happened to Frank Robbins."

A second example, according to Marvel, deals with water.

"It's time for the land-management agencies to obey the Clean Water Act," Marvel said, "and start measuring streams and springs on public lands to see if they comply with Wyoming water-quality standards. They don't do that now."

When asked if the organization's goal is to rid the nation's public lands of livestock, Marvel replied in the affirmative.

"We have that as a long-term goal," Marvel said. "We propose to do that with a voluntary buy-out program."

Other tactics used by the organization are to bid on state grazing allotments and to litigate in attempt to get livestock off the public rangelands.

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