posted on Nov, 3 2015 @ 10:42 AM
originally posted by: LadyGreenEyes
The real question here is, who owns this "open land"? The text of the document linked in the OP states that:
(ii ) " Open land " means land outside the exterior boundaries of any incorporated city, town, subdivision
So, the land isn't owned by some city or town. Is it nationally-, state- or county-owned? If so, that's public land, and taxpayers have a right to
be there. If it's privately-owned, that is another matter. One segment uses the phrase, "private open land", which makes no sense. Private property
is private, not "open". Why add the word "private" to such a document?
The bottom line here is that an environmental group "Western Watershed Project" has been documenting via pics and water samples the environmental
impact of ranchers that they claim are allowing their cattle to ...ahem...sh*& ...in the streams and waterways (BLM) that provide drinking water for
nearby and far off towns.
So Rancher X leases the right to graze his cattle on BLM/Public lands ..usually at a seriously small amount of $. It's a way for the gov to subsidize
ranchers. The land is still public but the rancher can graze his cattle there under conditions...lets say for example (a) no more than 200 head of
cattle and (b) keep them 200 yards from the river that supplies drinking water.
Someone takes a pic on public lands of a that rancher (a) grazing 1000 head instead of the 200 max agreed in his lease with BLM and (b) the 1000
cattle are standing on the banks of and in the river crapping and (c) that person collects water samples identifying massive levels of ecoli bacteria
in the river where his nearby town gets their drinking water...
that person goes to jail for "collecting data" and pics on the public land without the rancher (who only leases the grazing rights from BLM)
Plus they wrote the law liberally to pretty much arrest and fine whoever reports the ranchers for anything on public land...so they left plenty of
room for prosecution.
that is the motivation anyways...
the "Western Watershed Project" collected water samples and pics and submitted them to the Wyoming "Department of Water Quality"...and the Wyoming
Dept of Water Quality alerted the ranchers and refused to make the water results public...The ranchers decided they needed a law to prevent future
issues with citizen scientists.