TX Rancher Fighting the Feds Over Land Grab

They want half!

Ken Aderholt owns a cattle farm on 1,250 acres of Texas dirt near the Red River and Oklahoma border in the city of Harrold. For over 70 years, the family has worked the land, built their home, and raised their families. But now the Bureau of Land Management has warned Mr. Aderholt that they have a right to part of his land. 

And they want half! Six-hundred acres to be exact, and the half that just so happens to be the location of the family home. That's where the BLM says the federal boundary lies on the property. 

Mr. Aderholt has always understood that the BLM has a right to only the gradient boundary that begins in the middle of the river. "It varies, the way the water washes and cuts into different properties, but it has always been just a little slither of property," Aderholt told KAUZ

But according to the feds, the "true boundary" is roughly a half a mile inland. KAUZ reports that Aderholt isn't the only property owner along the Red River receiving these threats. And as the government continues to decide for itself what constitutes a "waters of the United States," they are bound to seize even more property rights around the country.

"It is a land grab," Aderholt exclaimed. "As far as I am concerned, this is private property."

The state of Texas issued the family a deed to the land in 1941. But Aderholt told KAUZ, "The BLM is saying we should have never had a deed to it; that Texas should have never produced that deed." They told him the deed is "worthless."

For now, the land he has pledged to his two boys to carry on the family business remains under his care, the way it has been for 70 years without as much as a peep from the U.S. government. But the threat that the land could be taken at any moment has been delivered loud and clear. Aderholt was not told what the federal government plans to do with it after the seize, but he has a few ideas:

They could own it, they could turn it to the public, they could condemn it, they could sell it back to me.

The news report is below: