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BLM Land Grab: BLM Draws Lines On Private Property

BLM Land Grab: BLM Draws Lines On Private Property

                Texoman land owners along the Red River now have a clear picture of what land the federal government wants to take away from them. Kevin Hunter owns property along the Red River. Hunter is not happy with what he recently received via e-mail.

                The e-mail contained a map of the land Hunter purchased three years ago, land he paid for and owns the deeds to. The map also shows how much Bureau of Land Management wants to take away from Hunter.

                According to Hunter the BLM initially only asked for land along the Red River vegetation line, between 50 to 100 feet from the river. Now the BLM is redrawing the lines to claim hundreds of acres along the river, most of which is private property.

                "So this is all from the BLM. This is what's going to wake them up because it's not going to be up here on this vegetation line where we are losing 50ft it's going be this couple hundred acres. And that's why there is going to be a lot of land lost," said Hunter.

                Representative Mac Thornberry, Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have all written to Hunter and other land owners pledging their commitment to protect his rights. Thornberry was key in helping introduce the Red River Private Property Protection Act that will soon hit the house floor.

"The goal of the bill is to settle once and for all any claims the federal government has in Texas. The line between Texas and Oklahoma is the south vegetation line, and the federal government has no claim south of that vegetation line," said Thornberry.

               The entrance and exit to Hunters ranch is guarded by a blue steel gate. Hunter knows it will take more than just a gate to keep the BLM from taking his land.

If you would like to read the bill yourself click the link here.


Jack Carney Newschannel6

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