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TIMELINE: History of land dispute between Cliven Bundy and the BLM

Part 3: The Bundy family

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Updated: 4/23 10:09 am


March 3, 1877Congress passes Desert Lands Act, allowing citizens to buy up to 640 acres of public land if the land is brought under cultivation. 
1946Congress forms the Bureau of Land Management by combining two existing agencies, the Grazing Service, established in 1934 to administer grazing on public rangelands, and the General Land Office, created in 1812 to oversee disposal of federal lands.
1954The Bundy family of Southern Nevada seeks BLM approval to graze livestock on a section of federal land called the “Bunkerville Allotment” along the Virgin River.
1966 The Bundy family seeks approval of six grazing agreements with the BLM, agreements that could be terminated by the agency after due notice in writing because of default or violation.
Early 1990sBLM develops plans to protect the desert tortoise on federal lands in Southern Nevada. Tells Bundy permission to graze his cattle on public lands would depend on tortoise sitings.
March 1993Bundy stops paying fees for grazing rights.
July 13, 1993BLM sends Bundy a trespass notice on lands now deemed illegal for grazing.
January 24, 1994Bundy throws away a BLM order to remove cattle that was left on his dashboard.
February 1994Bundy pays grazing fees to Clark County. County returns check, citing lack of jurisdiction.
1995BLM issues more trespass notices. Bundy challenges the agency’s authority.
1997Bundy rejects BLM’s invitation to meet. 

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