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Friday, March 11, 2011
Land Grab THIS IS IMPORTANT!
Land Rights Network > American Land Rights Association > PO Box 400 - Battle Ground, WA 98604 > Phone: 360-687-3087 - Fax: 360-687-2973 > E-mail: email@example.com > Web Address: http://www.landrights.org > Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE - Washington, DC 20003 > > Sec. Salazar Bypassing Congress Creating New Wild Lands Areas > > Secretary Salazar has taken Congressional Power for himself. He's > directing BLM to identify a new category of Wilderness area, what he > is calling Wild Lands. > > This is a huge land grab meant to bypass Congress. Only Congress is > supposed to be able to designate Wilderness areas. > > -----Word must get out about this quickly. Please forward this > message to your entire e-mail list as soon as you can. > > -----Obama Is Eying Western Lands for new National Monuments. > > -----American Land Rights Association has a Page on Facebook. Sign on > as a Fan. > > Also Executive Director Chuck Cushman is on Facebook. > > -----In this E-mail: > > What's the Wild Lands problem? What's the solution? Action Items > listed below. > > Wilderness Areas and Monuments--- They're Baaack --- a Rose by > another Name. > > Interior Secretary Salazar is calling them "Wild Lands." He plans to > set millions of acres aside without Congressional approval . . . > unless you act now. > > Only Congress is supposed to designate any new Wilderness Areas. > > Secretary Salazar has decided that he can designate Wilderness areas > going around Congress and cutting you out of the process. He's > changing the name and calling the new areas "Wild Lands." > > What Interior Secretary Salazar is proposing: > > -----220 million acres of unclassified multiple-use lands in the > Western States and Alaska to be set aside for review and > determination if they are "Wild Lands." (As proposed by the green > groups.) > > -----All public lands will be considered for new restrictions that > would limit access; > > -----Access limitations would curtail oil and natural gas leasing and > development; > > -----Access limitations would restrict mining projects as well as > renewable and alternative energy development; > > -----Access limitations could eliminate or reduce grazing; > > -----Access limitation would likely eliminate many motorized > recreational uses; > > -----The new restrictions could mean no campgrounds, no off-road > vehicle use and limited or no motorized use on many of the existing > roads and trails; > > -----The access limitations would mean no way stations for veterinary > or emergency facilities; > > -----Snowmobiles and snow machine use would be limited or eliminated > in these new Wild Land Areas. Your popular recreation access would be > cut off; > > -----Access for the handicapped, elderly and children using > traditional off highway vehicles or snowmobiles could be eliminated; > and > > -----Millions of people would lose access to traditional recreation > areas. > > -----Anyone can nominate lands for Wild Lands Designation and it is > immediately presumed to be designated; BLM land use plans are then > required to be amended and all activities on those lands are > affected; and > > -----Allows all actions under the Secretary's Order to be > implemented without any economic or scientific study and without any > public notice, comment or review. > > -----XXXXX The Secretary's Order Scoffs at limitations imposed by the > Courts and laws passed by Congress; > > -----This is a violation of the 1964 Wilderness Act that defined > minimum criteria for designation of areas as 'Wilderness'; > > -----This is violation of the spirit of the Department's 2003 > Settlement Agreement with the State of Utah; > > -----This action undermines every existing BLM land use plan already > adopted; > > -----This action allows bureaucrats answerable to no one to impose > access restrictions to lands as though they have the Congressional > power; and > > -----This action ignores the public processes identified and required > by FLPMA and NEPA(Federal Land Policy And Management Act of 1976 and > the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970). > > -----XXXXX. The consequences of the Executive Branch (Interior > Department and the Secretary of Interior) taking legislative power to > themselves is staggering: > > -----Millions of acres of Federal lands will now be closed to the > public making them off limits to fishing, hunting, camping or riding. > > -----Much of today's domestic oil and natural gas is produced in the > affected states. More than 40% of that production comes from Federal > multiple-use lands. The "Wild Lands" designations will result in > delays or outright reductions in leasing and permitting for these and > other development activities. > > -----A significant percent of the designated lands will be closed to > future energy uses, including wind farms and transmission lines for > clean energy; > > -----These delays and closures will reduce revenues to the states, > counties and the Federal government from bonuses, rents and > royalties; > > -----Counties, cities and states will lose much needed revenue. If > your county is already struggling with a budget deficit, these delays > in economic activities and land closures will result in the loss of > income from oil and gas revenues, ranching revenues and mining > revenues making the problem much worse; > > -----The whole economic ecosystem of most Western States and counties > will by strangled in red tape and bureaucracy right in the middle of > our worst recession in 70 years; > > -----Schools, libraries, police and fire protection will lose > important funding; > > -----At a time when the national unemployment level is over 10% more > people will lose their jobs as resource based industries on Federal > lands are shut down; and > > -----At a time when federal deficits are in the trillions, the > federal government will lose funds and billions of dollars in future > income and economic activity. > > -----XXXXX. WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THIS LAND GRAB > > -----ACTION ITEMS: > > -----1. Please forward this message to your entire e-mail list. The > more people who hear about this giant land grab the better chance you > have to defeat it. > > -----2. Call, fax and e-mail any Democrat Senator from your state. > You can get their contact information by calling any Senator at (202) > 224-3121. You should also contact the Republicans. > > Urge him or her to join the effort to rescind the Secretary's Wild > Lands Order and stop the designation of any land in your state. > > He or she can do it if they want to. It is a question of will. Make > sure he or she knows you will remember how they respond to this land > grab in coming elections. > > -----3. Call, fax and e-mail any Democrat and Republican Congressmen > from your state urging them to oppose the Secretary's Wilderness > power grab through budget cuts, targeted prohibition and staff > reductions. > > They can do it if they want to bad enough. You may call any > Congressman at (202) 225-3121. Make sure they know this will be an > issue in the 2012 election. > > -----4. Forward this message to any people in the Tea Party movement. > This Secretarial big government land grab and increase in the deficit > is exactly the kind of thing they oppose. > > -----5. Call your friends and neighbors to get them to call your > Congressman and both Senators. Ask them to do the same things we have > outlined above. > > -----6. Ask Congress to take away all funding for Interior Secretary > Salazar's Wild Lands backroom order and any implementation that is > already in process. > > -----7. Call, fax and e-mail your Congressman. All Congressmen may be > called at (202) 225-3121. That is the Capitol Switchboard. Ask for > your Congressman. When that office answers, ask for the person who > handles the BLM. Ask for his fax and e-mail address. > > -----8. Call, fax and e-mail your Senator. All Senators may be called > at (202) 224-3121. Follow the same instructions as listed above. > > The key is to make the Members of Congress in the Senate and House > responsible for the actions of the Secretary, especially his allies, > the Democrats. > > Your calls will get your Congressman and Senator to ask President > Obama to direct the Secretary to suspend application of the Wild > Lands Order. > > -----9. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 > > -----http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact > > If you make enough calls, you can stop anything. > > -----There must be an uprising of opposition to the application of > the Secretary's Wild Lands Order in each state insisting that the > Democrat Senators and Congressman from that state forcefully request > that Obama direct the Secretary not to designate Wild Lands in your > state. > > -----You must know that President Obama will not designate any Wild > Lands in states where there are a significant number of Democrat > Senators or Congressmen in opposition. He will not want to risk > losing his allies in next years election. > > -----You must make any Democrat Senators and Congressmen from your > state responsible for the designation of any Wild Lands in your > state. If they oppose them, the Secretary can be directed by Obama to > not designate the Wild Lands in these states. > > By taking this action, one of two things will happen. First, your > Democrat Senators and Congressmen may be successful in getting Obama > to take lands in your state out of any Wild Lands Designation > process. That would begood for your state. The Democrat Senators and > Congressmen in your state would get some credit but that is OK if you > stop the designations. > > The second thing that could happen is that if you make enough noise > and clamor about this huge land grab, and Obama allows Interior > Secretary Salazar to go ahead and designate the Wild Lands, it will > make your Democrat Senators and Congressmen look weak and > ineffective. > > That will help you defeat them in November 2012. Many are already > vulnerable and will not be eager to get the credit for creating more > Federal land set asides and hurting their local governments. And that > is exactly what they will be doing if they do not help you stop the > Wild Lands Designations now. > > You must make your Democrat Senators and Congressmen responsible for > any Wild Lands designations in your state. > > -----Don't make your calls like a threat. Just make it clear that you > and your neighbors are watching the Secretary's actions and those of > the unelected and unaccountable bureaucracies and will remember how > your Senators and Congressmen did or did not act to defend you from > the Obama land grabbers. > > -----Everyone must pitch in, even if you have no potential Wild Lands > or Wilderness Study areas in your state at this point. This is a team > game; anyone losing property rights or access to Federal lands as a > result of Secretary Salazar's sneak attack on rural America means > everyone loses. > > Remember what is happening is government taking access to and the use > of Federal lands by Salazar signing an order in a back room, dark of > night sneak attack without any public involvement. > > The Interior Department and BLM make the rules, make the decisions > and no one, not even Congress, has control or oversight. > > If the new Wild Lands rules don't hurt you today, they can and likely > will hurt you tomorrow. The Federal agencies can change the rules in > the back room, dark of night strategy they used to create the Wild > Lands with no notice, comment, or control. > > This is a team game. If enough people are outraged, you can stop > anything. > > Remember your concern about the proposed Obama National Monuments > last year? Early last year "Secret" documents from the Interior > Department identified more than 13 million acres were being > considered for "conservation". These areas included Arizona deserts, > California mountains, Montana prairies, New Mexico forests, > Washington islands and the Great Basins of Nevada and Colorado. > > As a reminder, here is a partial list of the areas that have already > been unsuccessfully targeted by DOI, thanks to your efforts last > year: > > -----Otero Mesa, New Mexico: The area stretches over 1.2 million > acres and is home to 1,000 native species. Gov. Bill Richardson has > sought protection for Otero Mesa for years, but the Bush > administration targeted it for oil and gas development; > > -----Heart of the Great Basin, Nevada: Researchers call it a > "globally unique assemblage of cultural, wildlife and historic > values" that includes thousands of petroglyphs and stone artifacts > dating back 12,000 years; > > -----Owyhee Desert, Oregon: Called one of the most remote areas of > the United States, the Owyhee is home to the largest herd of > California bighorn sheep; > > -----Bodie Hills, California: Located in the fast growing eastern > Sierra Nevada mountains;Bodie contains the Golden State's best > preserved ghost town. But the area is also loaded with gold, and > several mining permits are pending; and > > -----The Modoc Plateau, California: Spanning close to 3 million acres > in the northwest corner of California, the Modoc Plateau is "laden > with biological and archeological treasures." Interior officials call > it the second largest unprotected landscape in the state. > > The Obama National Monument proposal is mild when compared to the > Secretary's Wild Lands Order. > > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > Reminder: If you are the target of one of Obama and Salazar's Wild > Lands, Wilderness Study Areas, National Monuments, Treasured > Landscape or other land grab, but sure to call American Land Rights > for help. ALRA can show you how to fight back and win against the > land grabbers. > > American Land Rights works hard to help you compete in the political > process in Congress. Your support is critical to provide the > resources to allow ALRA to be successful. > > Please go to www.landrights.org <http://www.landrights.org/> > to join American Land Rights and provide your support. Membership is > $35 unless this is your first year. If you are a new member, you may > join at $25 for the first year. > > You can use the place on the Home Page to make your membership > contribution or you may mail it to American Land Rights, PO Box 400, > Battle Ground, WA 98604. > > Sincerely, > March -- 2011 > Chuck Cushman > firstname.lastname@example.org > (360) 687-3087