'(We say) the
has to prove they own the land. And they
can't do it."
Nye County Commissioner Dick Carver is a
leader in the revolt of rural counties against the federal
get called Sagebrush Rebels but we're as far from the Sagebrush
Rebellion as you can get. They assumed the federal government owned
the land. (We say) the federal government has to prove they own the
land. And they can't do it. We're on the offensive. We put the
federal government on the defense.
"The feds do
not have jurisdiction. All you have to do is get your county to
stand up and pass resolutions saying that the state owns the land,
that counties have a duty to manage resources, that public access
corridors are public roads, and that citizens have the right to
bear arms. Then, tell the feds to cease and
"Keep it simple and don't compromise.
Write to the Forest Service and ask them for the Carver recipe. And
if they don't have authority, ask your county for a permit. The
county can say, "If you take action against the permittee, we'll
take action against you." "'''"
they cut your grazing permit, you write back "I'll have to reduce
my cattle by 100. Here's a bill for $1,000 a cow unit. That's
* Wayne Hage
Carver says he learned everything he knows from Wayne Hage, a Nye
County rancher who is suing the federal government for "taking" his
ranch through regulating grazing. Hage, who has studied the history
of Western rebellions against the federal government,
right in the middle of the Sagebrush Rebellion. So many mistakes
were made. The answer isn't shifting from federal to state control,
substituting one sovereign for another. There are rights in those
This issue is not one that came out of the
Sagebrush Rebellion. This has been a hot issue at least eight times
since 1891. There's been a lot of bellowing, hollering, bawling,
pawing the dust, but very little accomplished. The previous seven
attempts fell flat because the other side caused us to go down the
wrong path, fight the wrong issue, ask the wrong questions. This
has to be done right this time.
"If you get
involved in an administrative appeal, write to the agency from a
constitutional point of view. If they cut your grazing permit, you
write back: "I'll have to reduce my cattle by 100. Here's a bill
for $1,000 a cow unit. That's $100,000."
"They'll say you're crazy. But get it in on the
record. The endangered species. That'll be another $100,000. Send
the bill with interest. If they write back and say, "If you want us
to pay this bill, go to claims court," that's what you want. No
thief who has to pay for what he steals will steal for long."