Congressman Steve Pearce and Rep. James Townsend, R Dist. Forest Service and ranchers.The Goss Family Ranch is a fourth generation cattle ranch deep in the Sacramento Mountains of Otero County. The Goss family owns the largest grazing allotment in the region of New Mexico and Arizona and has been the target of the USFS for over 20 years.The Goss’ battle with the USFS started when their saw mill was put out of business because according to the USFS it was endangering the New Mexico spotted owl. Their cattle numbers were cut and now they say their water rights are being stripped because of another endangered species, the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.Pearce said he has visited the Goss Ranch multiple times and he is ready to close this chapter and come up with a solution that everyone can agree on.”I’ve visited the ranch before senior Goss (James “Jimmy” Goss) died in 2015 multiple times and I’ve visited areas that are under consideration for critical habitat multiple times as well. I’ve had a chief of staff handling it when I’m not there, it’s been one of our main focal points since I’ve been in office,” Pearce said. “We’ve been engaged for 12 years and I told them that I wasn’t there to have another meeting, we were there to have an agreement. People really focused and the conversation went smoothly.”He said the ranchers and the USFS came to a consensus on numerous issues and they now need to put it in writing to wrap up the issue once and for all.”The context of the meeting was is that we’re going to take one issue at a time and we had a few agreements. There’s seven or eight issues, we’re either going to get a full agreement or get close enough. We’re working on a framework on an agreement.Cheap Jerseys china Either today or Monday the USFS will go out there and start repositioning the fences. These are now action steps. That’s where we’re at right now,” Pearce said. “This was a meeting designed to have conclusions and to get this process completed and everybody is board that we need to get this wrapped up. It’s destructive to the state and the rancher’s ability to do their business.”The USFS has got to realize that people have to be able to make a living and they just can’t manage our environment for one species. Yes, we can accommodate, that’s what the ranchers were saying,” he said. “The ranchers are saying they’re taking too much and they’re not giving them any leeway to conduct their business. My viewpoint to the USFS today is that our government is taking away our economic growth in our state and in my district. This is one of the largest cattle operations in New Mexico, probably in the top 20, and you’re going to choke them out for a mouse?”Pearce said they do have an agreement to protect the endangered mouse but it shouldn’t be the sole factor to deter a whole way of life.”We’re all in agreement that we’ll do what we can to save the mouse but they have taken such a strong stance that there’s no chance of survival and that’s the reason I’m out here. To their credit they said they’re probably drawing the lines on the map to cautiously, we began working through the problems for three hours and we muscled through one question after another until we had some position on a full agreement.”Pearce, along with the ranchers, pleaded with the USFS to wrap up the lingering issue so they can continue running their business and way of life.”I told them to please wrap this up at the end of the week or the end of the month, we’re not going to be doing this for another 12 years,” Pearce said. “I feel like everybody made that commitment and I feel there was a reversal in position on parts of the ranchers and parts of the USFS. I feel like it was getting towards a solution.”The next step is to come up with a rough draft that all parties can agree on and Pearce is pushing to get it done as soon as possible, not another year, or 12.”We have four or five other things that we have somewhat of an agreement on but we’re well within range that we’re close enough to get an agreement on paper and rough draft form after today that will require some efforts to get it solidified, but we want to get this done by next week,” Pearce said. “Again, we’ve been at this for 12 years, for us to be talking about next week or the end of the month or even the end of the year would be dramatic. I’m coming away from the meeting with cautious optimism. I think everybody is really wanting this to work.”Pearce said in the past he was willing to walk away from the USFS issues if they promised to do something about their fencing, but this time around he wants to have it officially documented that there will be a solution in the near future.”I’ve told the USFS that they’ve kicked off 17 ranchers. We’ve brought in real scientists and all ranchers got reinstated. The government killed 123 lumber mills saying that timber logging was killing off the spotted owl after decades of keeping the timber harvested,” he said. Fish and Wildlife Service said it wasn’t the timber but other predators, I came in with the backdrop that the USFS have abused property rights and hurt the economy dramatically. I said I was willing to walk away from all those past things but today was going to be different. It’s my full intent to walk away with an agreement of some sort that can be perfected and signed and get everyone off of this project that’s taking way too much time.”He said he was optimistic about the possible outcome that will come from this and he will keep fighting the fight.”I don’t think anyone thought we would get as close as we did, but I’m optimistic after the meeting,” Pearce said.In a statement that Spike and Kelly Goss provided to the Daily News, they stated that they appreciated Pearce and his staff taking the time to listen to their concerns.”We appreciate Congressman Pearce and his staff taking the time to come listen to our concerns. It seemed to be a productive meeting with Congressman Pearce, the Forest Service, Rep. Jim Townsend and Goss Family Ranch.http://www.cheapjerseysfreeshipping.cc We discussed some possible short term solutions so we can possibly work our cattle this fall,” the Goss’ stated. “We still have many concerns, but we are cautiously optimistic that we can come to some short term agreements. Time will tell.Pearce said Blaine should be deeply involved because it does involve water issues in the state of New Mexico and he should be able to take some kind of action.In May Pearce sent a letter directly to Blaine reiterating the need to evaluate this matter and expressing his support of the state legislators’ efforts to request termination of USFS’s activities. He also issued a letter to Governor Susana Martinez detailing prior efforts to engage the state.In a released a joint statement by Pearce, Townsend, Rep. Yvette Herrell R Dist. 51, Dona Irwin, D Dist 32 and along with Caren Cowan, Executive Director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, they stated that the Endangered Species Act was unacceptable because it interfered with local citizens’ access to water for their cattle.Pearce is confident that a solution will come out of this meeting and he will continue to raise awareness and ensure the protection of property, water and states’ rights.