Private land lockup: federal and state agencies are, in essence, pulling the land right out from under the feet of private property owners as part of the United Nations' radical Wildlands Project. (Cover Story-Land Grab).
One moment they were responsible, law-abiding owners of forestland for·est·land
A section of land covered with forest or set aside for the cultivation of forests. in rural Washington; the next, they were ecocriminals confronting onerous fines and eviction The removal of a tenant from possession of premises in which he or she resides or has a property interest done by a landlord either by reentry upon the premises or through a court action. from land they thought they owned. What had they done? Nothing -- and that was the problem, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. notification letters sent by the Washington Department of Natural Resources Many sub-national governments have a Department of Natural Resources or similarly-named organization:
The DNR notices sent last December informed owners of forestland tracts larger than 500 acres that they were required to submit a Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plan (RMAP RMAP Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plan
RMAP Refugee Medical Assistance Program
RMAP Reverse Map ) for all "forest roads" on their land (including driveways). The new law, explained the April 22nd Seattle Times, requires "the state's 91,000 small-forest owners to map, and in many cases, upgrade private of roads to save fish. Estimated cost: $375 million."
To facilitate "recovery" of salmon, steelhead, and bull trout Bull´ trout`
1. (Zool.) In England, a large salmon trout of several species, as Salmo trutta and Salmo Cambricus, which ascend rivers; - called also sea trout ltname>. , Washington state devised a set of road maintenance rules "designed to repair fish-blocking culverts and stem runoff from forest roads that load waterways with sediment that smothers fish eggs, raises water temperature and alters stream courses," reported the Seattle Times. According to Pat McElroy, director of regulatory programs for the DNR, "The roads issue is very, very important to meeting our obligations, and fundamental to improving salmon habitat and moving recovery forward." But as is so often the case, recovery of endangered nonhuman species in Washington threatens to make human property rights extinct, and key decisions have been made without input from the endangered property owners.
The RMAP rules are part of the Washington State Forest and Fish agreement, finalized in April 1999, intended to bring the state into compliance with the federal Endangered Species Act The federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) (16 U.S.C.A. §§ 1531 et seq.) was enacted to protect animal and plant species from extinction by preserving the ecosystems in which they survive and by providing programs for their conservation. . Although RMAP initially targets owners of large tracts of forestland, by 2004 it will encompass landowners possessing as little as two acres of land capable of supporting forest. The measure's ostensible Apparent; visible; exhibited.
Ostensible authority is power that a principal, either by design or through the absence of ordinary care, permits others to believe his or her agent possesses. purpose is to abate abate v. to do away with a problem, such as a public or private nuisance or some structure built contrary to public policy. This can include dikes which illegally direct water onto a neighbors property, high volume noise from a rock band or a factory, an improvement sediment runoff that supposedly makes streams and rivers unsuitable for endangered salmon and trout. To that end, owners of forestland or "forest-capable" land are required to provide, by 2005, detailed plans to bring their access roads -- including private driveways -- into compliance with federally mandated state environmental standards.
The estimated cost of mapping, surveying, and upgrading the roads runs into tens of thousands of dollars per property owner. RMAP provisions dictate that owners wishing to sell their forestlands must inform potential buyers -- through the Department of Natural Resources -- of the "continuing obligation" to upgrade the roads. This effectively makes the DNR a joint owner of privately owned lands. Should a property owner fail to follow this procedure in selling his forestland, he would face a summary civil judgment requiring him to pay the estimated cost of the upgrades. RMAP does offer one other alternative: After conducting mapping and surveys at their own expense, owners of forestlands can choose to abandon their access roads.
"Those are our only choices under RMAP," Okanogan County Farm Bureau President Joel Kretz told THE NEW AMERICAN. "We can somehow pay the expense to bring the roads up to standards, or we can physically block them off and never use them again." In addition, Kretz continued, RMAP "essentially provides a continuing conservation easement easement, in law, the right to use the land of another for a specified purpose, as distinguished from the right to possess that land. If the easement benefits the holder personally and is not associated with any land he owns, it is an easement in gross (e.g. on your land -- forever. It requires that you grant open-ended access to your land to multiple parties, such as environmental enforcement agencies, various Indian tribes, and so on. People who thought that they owned their forestlands now find that they have been relegated to co-manager status over that land with practically every agency under the sun. Quite simply, what has happened is that tens of thousands of people across this state suddenly discovered that, according to our state government, they don't own their own land."
Okanogan County resident Kathy Power teaches a continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
or adult education
Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). program on real estate law. She declares that the Endangered Species Act (ESA 1. (architecture) ESA - Enterprise Systems Architecture.
2. (body) ESA - European Space Agency. ), of which the RMAP measure is an outgrowth, is "one of the most fascist laws this country has ever seen." Addressing an audience of 1,000 people at a March 26th town meeting in Tonasket, Powers noted that RMAP claims to regulate "public resources on private lands" -- a description that harmonizes with the fascist concept of government control of nominally private property.
"I'm not about to be run out of town by a fascist law with no constitutional basis!" Powers declared to the applause of her audience. Seeking to channel her neighbors' outrage into constructive activism, Powers stated: "We have to remember [that] to win we must do it peacefully. We will never be able to change this law if the National Guard comes in and shuts us down."
In law, the act of seizing property without compensation and submitting it to the public treasury. Illegal items such as narcotics or firearms, or profits from the sale of illegal items, may be confiscated by the police. Additionally, government action (e.g. by "Consensus"
The negotiations leading to RMAP began in 1986 as a series of meetings between timber companies, Indian tribe representatives, and activists from the "environmental community." The final plan listed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is a United States federal agency. A division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Commerce, NMFS is responsible for the stewardship and management of the nation's living marine , and the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and as key authors. The "stakeholders" in the process included large timber companies such as Weyerhauser and Boise Cascade Boise Cascade Holdings, LLC, which uses the trade name Boise, is an American pulp and paper company, ranked as the thirteenth largest forest products company in the world. , who can absorb the costs imposed by the new plan. But the "consensus" reflected in RMAP was created without significant input from either private forestland owners or representatives of the affected counties.
Driving the effort to create a "consensus" was the threat of draconian federal intervention Federal intervention (Spanish: Intervención federal) is an attribution of the federal government of Argentina, by which it takes control of a province in certain extreme cases. Intervention is declared by the President with the assent of the National Congress. . "During the late 1990s, the feds listed a bunch of fish species as endangered, and threatened to shut down all rural activities across the state if it didn't come up with a 'recovery' plan," Joel Kretz explained to THE NEW AMERICAN. "Al Gore Noun 1. Al Gore - Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton (born in 1948)
Albert Gore Jr., Gore came here personally and sat at the negotiating table, along with representatives of state and federal agencies, local Indian tribes, and people from some of the big corporations. But there was only one token landowner present during those talks. So it shouldn't surprise us that the plan was good for the agencies, and acceptable to large corporate interests, and utterly disastrous for small landowners." Kretz describes the deliberations that produced the RMAP as "a large table of vultures fighting over scraps of the carcass of the small private landowner. The only seat we got at the table was as the main course."
"It's really the federal agencies and members of the 'environmental community' that have driven this process," commented Okanogan County Farm Bureau researcher Darlene Hanjy to THE NEW AMERICAN. "They've set themselves up like little tin gods, arrogantly sitting on panels that have the power to take people's homes and land away." Hanjy points out that many of the most important details of the RMAP scheme -- such as the estimated costs to property owners to bring their private roads A street or route that is designated by a public authority to accommodate a person or a group of people.
A private road is often established because an individual needs to gain access to land; such a road can cross another person's property. into compliance with the ESA -- were concealed in confidential memos circulated among regulatory officials.
One private DNR document admitted: "No federal or state funds currently exist to pay for professional engineering to prepare plans or to help landowners pay for required road work. In addition, what little cost share money is available for family forests cannot be used for these purposes as federal regulations prevent cost share money being used to achieve compliance with requirements imposed by law." Accordingly, this mammoth unfunded federal mandate falls directly on private landowners, most of whom would simply be driven off their property. The confidential DNR memo continues: "This extensive investment in the public good may further erode the economic viability of family forestry. Despite the cash outlay, private landowners cannot expect any financial return on their investment."
"They knew that the RMAP was targeting small property owners in our state's poorest counties -- people who cannot bear the financial burdens it imposes," Hanjy commented to THE NEW AMERICAN. "Yet they tried to bury these facts in documents that the public would never see, unless someone dug them out, which we were fortunate enough to do. When we brought this up at a meeting with the DNR, and asked why the public hadn't been told, we were informed that these memos were 'addressed to a different audience for a different purpose.'"
While RMAP's architects sought to keep the public ignorant about the measure's effects, they have also made it clear that ignorance of this law would not be considered an excuse for noncompliance noncompliance
failure of the owner to follow instructions, particularly in administering medication as prescribed; a cause of a less than expected response to treatment.
noncompliance . "They had hoped to implement this program on a one-to-one basis, which would mean that each targeted property owner would have no understanding of the bigger picture," observed Hanjy. "It's easy to imagine how some elderly couple could try to sell their small tract of forestland without filing the proper papers with the DNR, finding themselves tied up in court and eventually forced to pay the costs of upgrading their roads."
In his address to the March 26th meeting in Tonasket, Doug Sutherland The name Doug Sutherland may refer to:
Seattle - a major port of entry and the largest city in Washington; located in west central Washington on the protected waters of Puget Sound with the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade " -- that is, voters composing one of the nation's most liberal population centers. With the regulation firmly in place and prospects for political change uninviting, Sutherland promised the outraged landowners that he would do what he could to "sweeten sweet·en
v. sweet·ened, sweet·en·ing, sweet·ens
1. To make sweet or sweeter by adding sugar, honey, saccharin, or another sweet substance.
2. To make more pleasant or agreeable. the lemonade." This prompted one member of his audience to comment: "If it's Jim Jones' Guyana lemonade he's talking about, sweetening it won't undo the final effects."
"We're clearly being used as guinea pigs," Joel Kretz told THE NEW AMERICAN. "This is an ideal set-up for an experiment with implications for the entire western United States Noun 1. western United States - the region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River
Santa Fe Trail - a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century . There is a huge urban population in Seattle that supports radical environmental measures like [RMAP], and a huge disparity in economic and political influence between urban and rural Washington. So if this thing finds traction here in Washington, it will probably expand to include private owners of forestlands across the West."
In fact, Washington's RMAP law is just one of numerous efforts to shut down human access to western lands. In the Klamath Basin The Klamath Basin is the region in the U.S. states of Oregon and California drained by the Klamath River. It contains most of Klamath County and parts of Lake and Jackson Counties in Oregon, and parts of Del Norte, Humboldt, Modoc, Siskiyou, and Trinity Counties in California. along the Oregon-California border, federal regulatory officials denied desperately needed irrigation irrigation, in agriculture, artificial watering of the land. Although used chiefly in regions with annual rainfall of less than 20 in. (51 cm), it is also used in wetter areas to grow certain crops, e.g., rice. water to thousands of farmers. This was supposedly done to protect the habitat of two "endangered" species of sucker fish -- even though the local reservoir was full, and wildlife biologists point out that the fish actually thrive in shallow water. Nationwide public outrage prompted federal officials to grant the embattled Klamath Basin farmers what may prove a temporary reprieve.
In the early 1990s, federal initiatives to protect the alleged habitat of the supposedly endangered northern spotted owl The Northern Spotted Owl, Strix occidentalis caurina, is one of three Spotted Owl subspecies. A Western North American bird in the family Strigidae, genus Strix, it is a medium-sized dark brown owl sixteen to nineteen inches in length and one to one and one sixth pounds. placed millions of acres of timberland off-limits to loggers, costing more than 100,000 jobs in the Pacific Northwest timber industry. A similar effort to protect the Mexican spotted owl in the Southwest destroyed thousands of logging jobs in Arizona and New Mexico.
In late 2001, a whistleblower whis·tle·blow·er or whis·tle-blow·er or whistle blower
One who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to those in positions of authority: "The Pentagon's most famous whistleblower is . . in the U.S. Forest Service revealed that seven researchers employed by the agency to conduct a habitat survey of the endangered Canadian lynx had planted hairs from that wildcat species in three national forests in Washington. Chris West of the American Forest Resource Council points out that another federally employed biologist had been caught planting lynx hair samples in the Oregon Cascades. If successful, these deceptions could have led to a federal ban on nearly all human use of millions of acres of forest land in Washington and Oregon -- to protect the fraudulently designated lynx habitat.
In June 1997, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS USFWS United States Fish and Wildlife Service ) announced a "Grizzly Bear grizzly bear or grizzly, large, powerful North American brown bear, characterized by gray-streaked, or grizzled, fur. Grizzlies are 6 to 8 ft (180–250 cm) long, stand 3 1-2 to 4 ft (105–120 cm) at the humped shoulder, and weigh up to Recovery Plan" mandating creation of 32 million acres of "protected recovery zones" throughout the Rocky Mountain West. The intention was to restore grizzly bear populations in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, and Colorado, and to create "wildlife corridors" connecting these "island" populations with each other.
Shortly before leaving office, Bill Clinton issued regulatory decrees locking up nearly 60 million acres of national forests across the West as "road-less areas."
The most ambitious effort to create a wildlife corridor is the Yukon to Yellowstone Initiative (Y2Y Y2Y Yellowstone to Yukon (conservaton initiative) ), which seeks to create a transnational "bioregion bi·o·re·gion
An area constituting a natural ecological community with characteristic flora, fauna, and environmental conditions and bounded by natural rather than artificial borders. " 2,000 miles long and 300 miles wide. The initiative describes its vision as one in which a "web of protected wildlife cores and connecting wildlife corridors has been defined and designated for the Yellowstone to Yukon region," and all land-use and development decisions within the affected region would be "based first and foremost on ecological principles." A UN-approved "bioregional council" would ultimately administer a bioregion consuming two-thirds of Idaho and roughly half of Montana. Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park, 2,219,791 acres (899,015 hectares), the world's first national park (est. 1872), NW Wyo., extending into Montana and Idaho. It lies mainly on a broad plateau in the Rocky Mts., on the Continental Divide, c. , declared a "World Heritage Site in Danger" by the UN in 1995, provides an anchor for the bioregion on the U.S. side of the border.
The grandiose Y2Y project is an outgrowth of the "Mackenzie Decision," which created a 16-million-acre wilderness area in British Columbia. Proudly describing the set-aside as "Canada's gift to the world," B.C. Premier Ujjal Dosanjh pointed out that creating the West Virginia-sized wild-lands area "establishes an important precedent." First, with the decision, British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in North America to comply with a UN mandate to set aside 12 percent of its land base as protected area. Second, the decision -- like Washington State's RMAP plan -- was created by an assembly of "stakeholders," rather than accountable elected officials.
Dr. Michael S. Coffman, a widely revered forest scientist, points out that this model of decision-making by "consensus" is pre-scribed by the UN's Global Biodiversity Assessment (GBA GBA Game Boy Advance (Nintendo 32-Bit Game Boy)
GBA Gran Buenos Aires (Argentina)
GBA God Bless America
GBA Gundam Battle Assault (video game)
GBA Alderney ), a mammoth document created to guide implementation of the UN's Convention on Biodiversity. "Under the GBA plan, land-use decisions would be made through a new form of governance whereby local people form 'stakeholder groups' or 'partnerships,' which would make land-use rules by 'consensus.' Of course, this arrangement would effectively dispense with property rights altogether."
Henry Lamb, director of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO E·co , Umberto Born 1932.
Italian writer best known for his novels, including The Name of the Rose (1981). He has also written extensively on semiotics and British and American popular culture. ), notes that Our Global Neighborhood Our Global Neighborhood is the report of the Commission on Global Governance, issued in 1995, advancing the view that nations are interdependent and calling for a strengthened United Nations. , an authoritative blueprint for UN "reform," envisions the organization of land masses across the globe into "bioregions administered by bioregional councils under the direct supervision of the UN and with enforcement authority...." A more appropriate label for such "bioregional councils" would be "UN eco-soviets." The purpose of soviets in Communist Russia was to dictate a local "consensus" on behalf of policies emanating from the Communist Party's Central Committee. Failure to achieve such a "consensus" voluntarily would result in its imposition by force, generally through liquidating resisters.
Mike Low, a forest industry representative who participated as a "stakeholder" in the process that created the Mackenzie Decision, testifies that while British Columbia's methods weren't as severe as those employed by the Soviets, the same principles drove the process: "One of the fears we had was that if we couldn't reach consensus then the government would make the decisions for us, and none of the stakeholders wanted that." In the same fashion, looming behind deliberations of the ecosoviet that created Washington's RMAP plan was the prospect of federal intervention that would amount to a "Final Solution" for the state's rural economy.
The Wildlands Scheme
The eco-radicals driving Washington's RMAP plan tried to implement its scheme on a one-to-one basis, thereby preventing landowners from presenting organized resistance. In the same fashion, those behind the continent-wide assault on property rights are trying to conceal the true scope and nature of their ambition, outlined in a UN-approved program called the "Wildlands Project."
The centerpiece of the UN's 1992 UN "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, city, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro (rē`ō də zhänā`rō, Port. rē` thĭ zhənĕē`r was the Convention on Biodiversity, which Bill Clinton signed in 1993. The treaty stipulated that specific guidelines for preserving biodiversity would be provided by the UN's "Global Biodiversity Assessment" (GBA), unavailable for Senate inspection until just a few hours before the final vote on ratification in September 1994. Once the GBA was made available to the Senate, then-Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-Maine) quietly took the ratification vote off the agenda -- because Section 188.8.131.52.3 identified the Wildlands Project as the framework for implementing the treaty. Little support existed in the Senate for ratification of a measure mandating the eradication of industrial civilization from one-half the surface area of the continental United States United States territory, including the adjacent territorial waters, located within North America between Canada and Mexico. Also called CONUS. .
Co-created by eco-terrorist Dave Foreman, founder of Earth First!, the Wildlands Project envisions nothing less than "the end of industrial civilization," according to John Davis of Wild Earth magazine.
The Wildlands Project, states Foreman, "is a bold attempt to grope our way back to October, 1492, and find a different trail." As the project advances, Foreman predicts, "local and regional reserve systems linked to others [will] ultimately tie the North American North American
named after North America.
North American blastomycosis
see North American blastomycosis.
North American cattle tick
see boophilusannulatus. continent into a single Biodiversity Preserve." "Our vision is simple," asserts the Wildlands Project Mission Statement: "We live for the day when Grizzlies The name Grizzlies may refer to:
Reed F. Noss, the radical "deep ecologist" who co-created the 1991 Wildlands Project proposal with Foreman, describes how the surface of North America would be covered by "an interconnected system of strictly protected areas (core reserves), surrounded by lands used for human activities compatible with conservation that put biodiversity first (buffer zones), and linked together in some way that provides for functional connectivity ... across the landscape." In both the "core" and "buffer" areas, Noss explains, "the collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans."
Every environmental preserve -- such as habitat for endangered species endangered species, any plant or animal species whose ability to survive and reproduce has been jeopardized by human activities. In 1999 the U.S. government, in accordance with the U.S. , national monuments, wilderness areas, or UN-designated World Heritage sites or Biosphere biosphere, irregularly shaped envelope of the earth's air, water, and land encompassing the heights and depths at which living things exist. The biosphere is a closed and self-regulating system (see ecology), sustained by grand-scale cycles of energy and of Reserves -- is a potential Wildlands Project "core area." Dave Foreman urges radical eco-activists on the ground to "identify existing protected areas" and have them designated core areas. They can then be connected to other core areas through "corridors" across the landscape.
Foreman also instructs eco-radicals to "look for gaps between wild lands or public lands" for future acquisition "by public agencies or by private groups like the Nature Conservancy." Wildlands activist John Davis states that the whole purpose of this strategy is to keep "expanding wilderness until the matrix, not just the nexus, is wild" -- in other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently , until property owners, miners, ranchers, loggers, and others living and working in targeted areas have been driven off their lands and cattle-penned in urban reservations.
Writing in Science magazine, Charles C. Mann and Mark L. Plummer warn that as the Wildlands Project unfolds, "most roads would be closed; some would be ripped out of the landscape." This is certainly what RMAP portends for owners of Washington forestlands. Eventually, continue Mann and Plummer, the project will require "nothing less than a transformation of America [into] an archipelago of human-inhabited islands surrounded by natural islands." Environmental author Alston Chase bluntly warns that consummation of the Wildlands design will mean "the forced relocation of tens of millions of people ... the removal of human habitation HABITATION, civil law. It was the right of a person to live in the house of another without prejudice to the property.
2. It differed from a usufruct in this, that the usufructuary might have applied the house to any purpose, as, a store or manufactory; whereas from up to half of the country's land area."
Even though the Senate refused to ratify the Biodiversity Convention, the Clinton-era Interior Department created a National Biological Survey intended (in the words of Department science adviser Tom Lovejoy) to "determine development for the whole country and regulate it...." Furthermore, key federal regulatory agencies -- the USFWS, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management -- have become infested in·fest
tr.v. in·fest·ed, in·fest·ing, in·fests
1. To inhabit or overrun in numbers or quantities large enough to be harmful, threatening, or obnoxious: with the ideology of "Biocentrism Biocentrism is a term that has several meanings but is most commonly defined as the belief that all forms of life are equally valuable and humanity is not the center of existence. " -- the concept that human rights, needs, and prosperity must be subordinated to the good of the "global biosphere."
In his book In a Dark Wood: The Fight Over Forests and the Rising Tyranny of Ecology, environmental analyst Alston Chase describes believers in Biocentrism as "apostles of the new order" and observes that the Clinton administration "adopted biocentrism as the guiding philosophy of all federal land management" immediately on coming to power.
David Garber, a research biologist with the National Park Service, offered the most useful summary of the biocentric world view:
Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity fecundity /fe·cun·di·ty/ (fe-kun´dit-e)
1. in demography, the physiological ability to reproduce, as opposed to fertility.
2. ability to produce offspring rapidly and in large numbers. , are not as important as a wild and healthy planet. I know social scientists who remind me that people are part of nature, but that isn't true. Somewhere along the line -- at about a million years ago, maybe half that -- we quit the contract and became a cancer. We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the Earth.... Until such time as Homo Sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.
This isn't to say that biocentric extremists are simply idling away the hours waiting for Gaia to unleash a mutant pathogen to cleanse Earth of less "enlightened" people. Biocentrists in the federal bureaucracy, working with allies in environmental pressure groups, have been working to lock away lands across the United States, particularly out West -- where the federal government is the largest landowner. The most useful weapon in this campaign of "rural cleansing," explained biocentrist Bruce Babbitt, who served as Bill Clinton's interior secretary, is "one landmark law: the 1973 Endangered Species Act [ESA]." But as Dr. Coffman points Out, the ESA itself is adapted from the UN's Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) -- meaning that the decades-long assault on property rights and rural life conducted via the ESA has been carried out pursuant to UN mandates.
In January 1996, Bill Clinton unveiled another key element of the Wildlands apparatus by issuing Executive Order 12986, which granted immunity to lawsuits to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) or World Conservation Union, international organization founded in 1948 to encourage the preservation of wildlife, natural environments, and living resources. (IUCN IUCN
International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. ). The IUCN is a multinational advisory panel to the UN; its membership includes hundreds of federal and state regulatory agencies state regulatory agency A state body responsible for establishing professional standards, and for certifying professionals or organizations through appropriate documentation (including the EPA EPA eicosapentaenoic acid.
n.pr See acid, eicosapentaenoic.
n. , BLM BLM n abbr (US) (= Bureau of Land Management) → les domaines , and the USFS USFS United States Forest Service
USFS U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. ), as well as 133 UN-accredited non-governmental organizations, or NGOs -- including scores of the most powerful, foundation-funded eco-radical organizations. The IUCN describes its mission as that of applying "eco-spiritual practice and principles" with the intention of "chang[ing] human behavior" with respect to nature.
Composed entirely of unaccountable bureaucrats and eco-radical activists, and immune to civil lawsuits, the IUCN is at the center of efforts to create "consensus" among the "stakeholders" who create policies like Washington's RMAP law. Okanogan County property rights activist Darlene Henjy refers to the arrogance of the officials responsible for creating and implementing the RMAP proposal. The attitude she describes is of a piece with that expressed in an article published by the IUCN journal Conservation Biology: "[W]e assume that environmental wounds inflicted by ignorant humans ... can be treated by wiser humans.... Conservation biology is a crisis discipline. On the battlefield you are justified in firing on the enemy."
Stopping the Juggernaut
Many beleaguered be·lea·guer
tr.v. be·lea·guered, be·lea·guer·ing, be·lea·guers
1. To harass; beset: We are beleaguered by problems.
2. To surround with troops; besiege. Western property owners hope that with the end of the Clinton administration, the "rural cleansing" campaign will end. Apparently, though, the UN-connected biocentrists in the federal bureaucracy are merely retrenching, rather than retreating. In late April, Interior Secretary Gail Norton announced new guidelines that would encourage greater participation by state and local officials in the administration of federally designated wilderness and national monument areas. However, the Bush administration hasn't indicated that it contemplates a rollback of the gains made by Wildlands Project activists during Bill Clinton's reign.
"I spend a lot of time talking to people in the [environmental regulatory] agencies, and I have seen a real change in the attitude of the people who've come in with the new administration," Joel Kretz told THE NEW AMERICAN. "But I'm a 'Show me, don't tell me' kind of person, and it's clear that many of the most radical people have burrowed down deep in the bureaucracy, and they're still following the same plan."
Rooting out the deeply entrenched en·trench also in·trench
v. en·trenched, en·trench·ing, en·trench·es
1. To provide with a trench, especially for the purpose of fortifying or defending.
2. biocentric radicals from every federal environmental agency would be the political equivalent of rooting al-Qaeda terrorists from their caves in Afghanistan. A better strategy would be to work through the House of Representatives to cut off funding for eco-socialist initiatives. But we cannot decisively defeat the Wildlands threat until we get our nation out of the United Nations -- and permanently evict the UN from our shores.
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