Triangle/Chino Winds NRCD
Our mission at the Triangle/Chino Winds NRCD is to advocate for all local agricultural producers. We are dedicated to coordinating with governing agencies and local landowners to achieve conservation goals.
By: Reuben Vernon
The Bureau of Land Management has proposed modifying an existing rule that would elevate conservation activities to the same level as other types of land use. The BLM operates under a multiple use mission, which was laid out by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. According to the BLMs website, the Act "establishes the agency's multiple-use and sustained yield mandate to serve present and future generations". Every agricultural producer that I know is a conservationist at heart. The first question we should ask, however, is not if conservation is itself good; but rather, will this proposal help ensure the framework we need to make conservation practices cash flow? I have said before that sustainable ecosystem management should not deplete soils or people. To qualify as truly sustainable, we need to have a multi-generational view of any fundamental changes being proposed to the legal framework being used to manage our natural resources. If those changes will result in reducing jobs and tax revenue, we need to reconsider.
If the folks interpreting and enforcing this rule believe in the principle of multiple use and sustained yield, there is probably little reason for concern. Given the political influence of environmental extremist groups who actively lobby for an end to all economic activities on public lands, I feel that concern is warranted. This shift in mindset will not have a positive effect on the rural economies of the west. Keeping people on the landscape whose lives and livelihoods are inexorably linked to the health and function of the land itself is a foundational part of the basic concept of Multiple Use.
The deadline for public comment on the proposal is June 20, 2023
To submit a comment, go to regulations.gov/commenton/BLM-2023-0001-0001
Vern rode off the 7 Spear Ranch to his ranch in Heaven on January 17, 2023 in Skull Valley, Arizona and now is with the love of his life, Dottie Haverfield. They had 53 years 9 and half months of a joyous and a venturous life on 9 different ranches together plus other business ventures from Montana to Arizona to New Mexico. They began their ranching life in 1959 in Montana, then started ranching in Arizona 1965, went to New Mexico to ranch in 2007 to 2015, then came back and founded the 7 Spear Ranch in Skull Valley in June of 2015 with his daughter Claudette to present day. Dottie and Vern loved buying run down ranches and then fixing them up and getting a good cattle herd formed. He always knew he wanted to be a cowboy and rancher since he was 7 years old, he loved his horses and cattle, he loved to work and be out on the land, he was a good steward of the land and to his livestock and will be missed by his daughter, Claudette Haverfield, as she carries on legacy of the 7 Spear Ranch in Skull Valley, Arizona. Vern was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and two sisters. Also preceded in death was his love of his life Dottie, she went home to our Lord January 4, 2013 after a long battle of Parkinson. He is survived by his daughter Claudette Haverfield, Skull Valley, Arizona.
If you would like to do something in memory of Vern and Dottie, please give to your favorite charity; Assisteo Hospice Foundation at 919 12th
Place, Suite 6, Prescott Arizona 86305
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