Bureau of Land Management isn’t just taking land in Nevada

Byers, Texas rancher has a deed for land and has paid taxes on the land for over a hundred years however thirty years ago the federal government took the land and paid nothing for it. Ever since the Louisiana Purchase the boundary has been controversial. The boundary is supposed to be the vegetation line on the south side of the Red River. But over time the River moves both southerly and northerly. That is where the dispute begins.

This river moves often and sometimes rapidly over time. Texas and Oklahoma have different definitions of the process and the Feds are always on the side of Oklahoma. In the past thirty years the river has moved on mile south then one mile north but the movement is caused by different processes according to the governments involved. Therefore the boundary only moves in one direction and never back with the river.

As the river moves south it is because of acretion(sediment deposits in the channel) and when it moves back north the federal government and Oklahoma government claim it is a different process called avulsion(rapid formation of a new river channel). The federal government isn’t even claiming the land for Oklahoma they are claiming it as public land and therefore have three choices:  keep it open, closed it completely or open to limited us.

The BLM claims that about 90,000 acres (116 miles along the Red River) have never belonged to Texas in the first place. They will seize the land and it will seriously change the boundaries between the two states.

The taking of property from land owners, the stealing of cattle, all of these things are apparently the modus operandi of the Bureau of Land Management. There are no tortoises involved in this incident, just land-grabbing feds who are intent to take away the property of ranchers that have owned it for hundreds of years. Will it come to armed confrontation as is occurring in Nevada? We don’t know.

Open grazing of cattle has always been a common law right in America. It is time for the American people to rise up against the theft of private lands and property by a government that is out of control.




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