That's two weeks before the rifle opener so it shouldn't be a big deal. It wouldn't surprise me if the Wilkes did constant patrol of key parts of the border which "accidentally" keep the elk on their property... sounds about their style.I printed out the Wilks BLM Trespass Settlement Agreement at the BLM site, will go through it after dinner (havent had time for lunch yet, a documentary guy dealing with the Durfees is interviewing me tomorrow and I had to get a bunch of documents and photos together for him).
One thing that needs to be addressed is the Wilks statement that the fence was built because of trespassers from the public lands onto their property. Part of one of my previous FOIAs was all BLM citations involving the ranch and the Durfees from 2010 forward, before the Wilks bought the place, to see if there had been public hunter harassment prior to the Wilks arrival. There were no BLM citations for public hunters that left the Durfees onto the Wilks. Not really their jurisdiction I would imagine. So that leaves Fergus County Sheriffs dept, so I will make a request for all complaints for private property trespass onto the Wilks, to see if any actually occurred and all complaints towards the Wilks, like hunter harassment, including the nearby harassment of landowners like the one with the Wilks helicopter flying and hovering by that lady's front door. See who is really misbehaving out there.
The 2 news articles mentioned nothing about the federal violation for moving federal boundary markers, including blazed trees. The BLM Cadastral Survey I got last August when it was filed, mentioned having to replace missing markers, two of which were found in the bulldozed debris piles, others they couldn't find.
This should make for some interesting reading this evening.
Oh, and they waited all year long to do this, saying the Rehabilitation and Stabilization treatments must be implemented prior to October 15, 2016. Guess what effect this is going to have on this years hunting season there?
Rob, I posted a copy of my FOIA request in post 763.
If you read the settlement agreement, they detail what has to be done, it is not a small amount of work, will involve large equipment. For example, they have to re-contour the cut slopes, cut keyhole trenches to install straw wattles for erosion, mulching, they have to make breaks in all those giant tree piles for corridors, every 100 meters and the gaps have to be at least 3 feet wide for elk migration. Dozer, chainsaws, trenchers, mulchers. Then there is the herbicide application, seeding and fence work. Vehicles, noise, people, change to landscape and foreign objects, that make take a bit after it all settles down before the elk feel comfortable going back.
Some pilots told me the Wilks set up 3 crop plots around the Durfee Hills to see which would be the best lure. The crops are in fenced in areas, which FWP directed that there had to be gates for wildlife to exit, they couldn't be fenced in. I didn't hear about this until my helicopter trip, or I would have asked for a fly over to document.maybe they will seed a lot of alfalfa
Sorry I was tied up when you called. I will get in touch with you tomorrow.After over a year, and having to reach out to Senator Testers office for help, the BLM has produced 2 CD's of my July 2, 2016 FOIA (originally due by Sept. 2016) on the Durfee Hills investigation, conclusions, fines and restoration. The 1st CD was 253 pages and the 2nd, which arrived yesterday was 210 pages. I am getting these printed at Staples, but have already printed a few key documents.
As soon as I get the 3rd, I will be putting the key pieces together for the public and uploading them to the site, here and out in the newsletter. It has been a long wait on this one.
+1, It is a relief to be a member among so many strongly supporting our Public Land and the slowing down of the privileged taking over of what is now all of ours to hunt, fish, and to take recreation. I see here from reading thru this thread that many deserve my hats off and a solid Congratulations to all for your dedicated efforts!I would not want to be in your crosshairs, Kat. Amazing diligence!~