Grannies (and Friends) Against BULLIES — A Public Rally in support of our PUBLIC LANDS

Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (Friends of MNWR) was formed in 1999 and is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation committed to:

    • Conserving, enhancing, and restoring fish and wildlife habitat and cultural history in the Harney Basin in southeast Oregon through the support of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge staff and programs.
    • Assisting the Refuge in providing wildlife-dependent educational and recreational opportunities while enhancing public knowledge and appreciation of the Refuge mission.
  • Advocating for support of the Refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Media Alert from the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Because of this potentially volatile situation, we have been asked to refer all media inquires to the Joint Command, led by the FBI who are coordinating law enforcement efforts. Here is the web page
Date: *01/15/2016 (Fri.) *Time:* 11:30pm – 1:00pm PST (Speakers at High Noon) *Location: *Crow’s Feet Commons (downtown riverside) *RSVP: CLICK HERE<> *(not required but helpful) PLEASE JOIN the *Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge<>* and the *Great Old Broads for Wilderness<>* to send a message to the armed militia trying to steal Malheur Wildlife Refuge: “get out, go home, and give the public back its wildlife refuge.” Speakers include Alice Elshoff, a board member of the Friends and Julie Weikel, a Harney County resident who participated in the process to develop a Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that included local ranchers and won a national award. Rally organizers believe PUBLIC LANDS are part of AMERICA’S HERITAGE and the government must enforce the laws that protect our public lands. These laws should be evaluated through a democratic process, not through bullying, intimidation, and armed anarchy. To RSVP CLICK HERE<> or go to link

6 thoughts on “Grannies (and Friends) Against BULLIES — A Public Rally in support of our PUBLIC LANDS

  1. Unfortunately, these efforts on behalf of public lands have a mixed message: Most of these efforts will most likely always include hunting and even grazing “public access.” So while it sounds great, we need to investigate just what is planned: is hunting allowed or even trapping? what about grazing? The problem is that this is a Humanist approach, “game management” approach,with wild species population control, and the hunting & grazing lobby is right in it, to make sure they get their access to these so-called refuges.

    A majority of wildlife refuges allow hunting & even trapping, and many in the west allow grazing as well. A good example of this is NM Senator, Martin Heinrich, Dem., who is the darling of most environmental and animal groups. He is an avid big game hunter, and proud of it. He isn’t alone, and he is on all the right sub-committies, and he constantly pushes for more access to public lands, supports public lands–& he is right there to make sure there is hunting access, and he is not against public lands ranching either. Whatever state you are in, chances are you have these kinds of politicians–remember even Bernie Sanders supports his hunting lobby in VT.

    One way to prohibit this is to donate one’s land (if one has some) to a group which does not allow any hunting or trapping, such as the link below. The Nature Conservancy unfortunately is not one of these. If one does not have actual acreage, people can set up a trust, so at their death, the house/land can be sold, and the money donated for purchasing more sanctuaries for wild animals.

  2. While it is laudable to express support for our public lands, many of these efforts also include hunting, grazing and even trapping on these places. In fact, at least half of National Wildlife Refuges allow hunting, and in the West, grazing is included. Trapping is used on many refuges as a “game management tool” along with hunting, as a method of “population management.” This terrible ideology started with Teddy Roosevelt (a very dedicated animal killer), and wolf & other wildlife killer, Aldo Leopold, who is considered the “father” of today’s atrocious “game management-conservation” movement, which all state/federal game commissions and agencies practice. Often, on refuges, wild populations of geese, ducks, bear, crane, deer, elk, etc., are “managed” for hunting. The term “duck factories” is often used.

    Some years ago, a manager of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge wrote a letter to the editor in Albuquerque, criticizing hunting activities there. He did not last long.

    When such public lands efforts are publicized, it is a good idea to check just what their plans are for that refuge. People can then publicly oppose any hunting, grazing, etc. It might help. Also, when visiting a Wildlife Refuge, please sign in and make your comments about not having any hunting there & why. Find out if grazing is also going on, and oppose it as well.

    A Democratic Senator here in NM, Sen.Martin Heinrich, lets it be known he supports public lands. Of course he does–and guess why? He is a very vocal Big Game hunter! He is also, sadly, the darling of most environmental and animal groups, and he is on some very important Senate Subcommittees in DC, such as Natural Resources. He makes it public that he feels all public lands should include “access” — for hunting, grazing.

    Those interested in setting aside private lands which will prohibit hunting and trapping, might be interested in: which clearly states any sanctuaries they establish from donations, including land, will Not be hunted or trapped.

  3. Quote from the above article: “Harney County resident who participated in the process to develop a Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that included local ranchers…”

  4. Obviously, the Bundy gang has rejected this award-winning compromise opening up the refuge to ranchers, hunters and trappers. Perhaps they’ve done the environmental movement a favor. Now that the compromise is done with, it’s time to start protecting wildlife habitat.

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