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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Land Grab Alert Alert Alert!

From the American Land Rights Association

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne supported the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS HR 2016) and is supporting other bills that hurt. Kempthorne's staff testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in favor of the NLCS. He recently supported a proposal to increase Federal land acquisition. His actions will do great damage to rural America, private property rights and access to Federal land. Contact Kempthorne through his staff:
Phone: (202) 208-7551Fax: (202) 208-5048 E-mails: brian_waidmann@ios.doi.gov donnadeen@ios.doi.gov patriciaconnally@ios.doi.gov douglasdomenech@ios.doi.gov doris_Johnston@ios.doi.gov david_lehman@ios.doi.gov
To see a map of all the areas affected by the NLCS, go to ALRA where a nationwide map with the NLCS on it is posted. If NLCS (HR 2016) passes, it will hurt your state and community. You must call, e-mail and fax any Members of the Committee from your State urging him or her to vote no on HR 2016. They will be the leaders both for and against HR 2016 on the House Floor. Call at least five neighbors, friends and business associates to urge them to call, fax and e-mail against HR2016.

Massive areas of Wilderness Study Areas will be changed into full Wilderness bypassing the normal state-by-state Congressional vote. Seventeen House members from both parties teamed up in April, 2007 to introduce legislation (HR 2016) that would give the NCLS official Congressional certification. The system, administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), was created administratively by former Interior Secretary Babbitt during the Clinton years. In June 2000 the Interior Department under the guidance of former Secretary Babbitt established the 26 million acre NLCS in BLM to protect what they called special areas. The NLCS consists of major conservation areas in 12 western states, including 15 national monuments, 13 national conservation areas, Steens Mountain area in Oregon, Headwaters Forest Reserve in northern California, 36 wild and scenic rivers, 148 wilderness areas, 4,264 miles of national trails, and more than 600 wilderness study areas.Making the NLCS permanent threatens recreation, access, grazing, mining, oil and gas and many other uses. Gradually these areas will be turned into parks with traditional uses strangled and roads cut off. Private property owners and inholders in the areas can say so long to their property rights. You will see new areas nominated for NLCS status gradually eroding BLM multiple-use. Four Democratic senators introduced counterpart legislation (S 1139) in April, 2007.

Coburn Comes Calling April 7, 2008 By John Stanton
Simmering tensions between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid(D-Nev.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) could boil over on the floor as early as this week, with Reid planning to bring a stalled public lands bill (S 2739) to the floor - despite accusations from Coburn and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)...

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