New EPA Land Grab, Complete Control Over All Private Land in America! (Part 4)-Posted on Tea Party Command Center-By Jake Martinez-On April 26, 2014:
‘Bigger than Bundy’: Land agency’s battles go beyond rancher dispute!-Posted on FoxNews.com-By Barnini Chakraborty-On May 4, 2014:
It’s the most powerful agency you’ve never heard of—at least, until recently.
The Bureau of Land Management, the nation’s biggest landlord, found itself in the spotlight after a high-profile brawl with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and another dispute with state officials over the Texas-Oklahoma borderlands.
But the seemingly obscure agency, which is in charge of millions of acres of public land, is no stranger to controversy. History shows the power struggle over property rights and land use is one that’s been fought—fiercely—ever since the bureau was created.
In the nearly seven decades of its existence, the BLM has struggled to find its footing and exert its power, pitted against a vocal states’ rights movement.
“The federal government already owns too much land,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry, one of the champions of that modern-day movement, recently told Fox News. He called for the federal government, and by extension the BLM, to “divest itself of a huge amount of this landholdings that it has across the country.”
The Bureau of Land Management was formed in 1946, consolidating two now-extinct agencies into one for the purpose of overseeing public land. In the beginning, the BLM mostly focused on livestock and mines. Its mission shifted, though, in the 1970s when it took on the role of mediator between commerce and conservation, and faced a second identity crisis in the 1980s. That’s when the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion gained new momentum in its push to return control of federal lands to individual states.
That “rebellion” may be underway once again, as states renew concerns about the amount of land controlled by the BLM. Congress also recently weighed in, with House lawmakers passing a bill in February that would prevent the BLM from buying new land.
Currently, the agency, which falls under the purview of the U.S. Department of Interior, oversees 247.3 million acres—or about one-eighth of the land in the country.
It also owns 700 million acres of on-shore federal mineral estates.
The BLM is responsible for managing a large spectrum of natural resources. The federal agency regulates logging, mining and fracking practices across the country. It also administers close to 18,000 permits and leases a year held by ranchers who graze their livestock on land managed by the federal government. The permits and leases they issue usually last a decade and can be renewed.
In 2009, regulation of public lands in Western states generated $6.2 billion.
By acreage, the agency’s largest stake is in Alaska where it owns 72.4 million acres. Nevada ranks second, with 48 million acres under the BLM, and then Utah, with 22.9 million acres.
In Nevada, rancher Cliven Bundy’s recent refusal to hand over his family’s cattle to the feds re-ignited the national debate over the BLM’s power.
On the heels of that controversy, more than 50 lawmakers from nine Western states came together to protest federal land expansion. The state leaders discussed ways to combine their joint goals of taking control of oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the federal government.
“It’s so much bigger than Bundy. There are issues ... all across the West where the federal government is exerting control over things it was never supposed to control,” Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory told Fox News. “The federal government was supposed to be a trustee. They do own the land. They do hold title to the land in trust ... but they have a duty to dispose of the land with all states east of Colorado.”
Ivory says he wants the federal government to keep a promise it made in the 1894 Enabling Act that made Utah a state. He argues that public lands, except for congressionally designated national parks and wilderness areas, should be transferred back to the states.
So far, state lawmakers in Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington are looking for ways to transfer land management back to the states.
Utah, though, has been the most successful. Lawmakers there passed a measure demanding the federal government extinguish title to federal lands, aside from national parks. Ivory was also the primary backer of the 2012 Transfer of Public Lands Act which established a model for the transfer of certain federal lands to the state in the coming years.
The Bundy case has been largely viewed as the first leadership test for new BLM Director Neil Kornze, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office in April. The local land-use dust-up fed into a growing apprehension over just how much authority the BLM has and how far it is willing to go to maintain control.
In Texas, Attorney General Greg Abbott sent a letter to Kornze looking into allegations the BLM was eyeing a massive land grab in northern Texas. “Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box,” wrote Abbott, a GOP gubernatorial candidate.
The agency indicated that the land in question was determined to be public property. “The BLM is categorically not expanding Federal holdings along the Red River,” a BLM spokeswoman said in a written statement.
Attention on the Bundy-BLM battle has lately turned to racially insensitive remarks that Bundy made in several media interviews and appearances.
Conservative and libertarian lawmakers like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, initially came to Bundy’s defense, calling his situation the latest example of big government overreach. Both, though, have since scaled back their comments in light of Bundy’s remarks.
“Senator Paul spoke out against federal over-regulation and BLM handling of a situation,” Paul spokesman Doug Stafford said in a written statement. “He has never spoken to or met Mr. Bundy and is not responsible for the vile comments that come out of his mouth.”
Others say Bundy was at fault, failing to pay $1.1 million in fees for letting his cattle graze on government grass for more than two decades.
“I wish Mr. Bundy would mind his law requirements and not try to play to the television cameras about confronting the evil federal government,” former BLM director Patrick Shea told KSL TV. Shea has been on both sides of the land-use debate. He represented activist Tim DeChristopher who took on the BLM over the 2008 sale of controversial oil and gas leases in Utah.
The BLM has run into trouble elsewhere.
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more!-Posted on Natural News-By Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)-On May 2, 2014:
(NaturalNews) In the latest stunning assault on Americans’ right to grow their own food, the freedom-crushing state of Michigan has ruled that local governments (cities, towns, counties) can now ban any animal they wish from small residential farms. The move opens the door to the mass criminalization of backyard farms and small, residential farming operations where people might keep a few goats or honey bees for food security.
According to Michigan Public Radio (1), the ruling could ban all chickens, goats, honey bees and other animals from farms which have another residential house less than 250 feet away.
Off The Grid News(2) goes on to report:
Some homesteaders in Michigan could find themselves in a complete regulatory limbo because of the Commission’s action. Blogger, writer and organic farmer Michelle Regalado Deatrick does not know if she’ll be able to keep her livestock, because about half of her 80-acre farm may not be zoned for farm animals.
“We’re building up a mixed production farm, planning to farm during retirement, and we have a permit in hand for a livestock facility,” Deatrick said, “...Now we’re having to reconsider our business plans and may sell the farm and buy a farm in a more rural area with definite [Right To Farm] protection, or move to another state that’s more welcoming and protective of small farm rights.”
Michigan DNR previously ordered small local farmer to shoot his own pigs
Michigan is the same state where the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) ordered one small, local farmer to shoot all his pigs because they were the wrong “race” of pigs. This genocidal demand by the Michigan state government echoes a tyrannical anti-farming agenda at the highest levels of state government.
Michigan is also the state where Julie Bass of Oak Park was threatened with jail time for teaching her children how to grow vegetables in their own home garden. All charges against Julie were later dropped after Natural News and other independent news sources publicly shamed Oak Park bureaucrats into backing down.
Nationwide, people who attempt to grow their own food are routinely threatened with arrest and fines. One woman in Oklahoma suffered the complete destruction of her medicinal herb landscaping by local city officials who raided her home garden while she was away.
The war against small farms is an attack against America
BLM Policy Including UN, Global Warming “Science” In Planning Our Future!-Posted on You Daily Dose of Conservatism-By Rick Wells-On May 1, 2014:
Continued from a daily series which began here. Page 9 of 22, Secret BLM Land Scheme
Just a reminder, NLCS stands for National Landscape Conservation System, which is basically the best of the public lands held by BLM.
As usual, I’ve underlined words or phrases in the text which could prove to be noteworthy. Some of the underlined text could be problematic in the following ways, as well as others:
The stated willingness of BLM to tackle initiatives on an international scale if needed is an open invitation to UN involvement in the control of our domestic lands. The treatment of “ongoing global climate change” as a fact not only exposes a potential predetermined BLM/Federal Government agenda, but calls into question the legitimacy of any report upon which it is included as a foundational component.
Cross-jurisdictional landscape connectivity would be an effective means by which to place large tracts of American land off-limits to the American people and the extensive wildlife-habitat corridors would be one way to help facilitate that takeover. BLM’s willingness to “help lead the charge” could be an indicator that such a is already well under way.
Note that they address and seem to expect major funding increases, recommending that the increases be spread over a five year period based upon growing into the new budget. A gradual increase would also be less controversial and less likely to be noticed by the American public.
Further, the BLM, with its extensive experience in public participation and land-use planning, coupled with the breadth of the public lands and their critical resources, stands ready with the expertise and the unparalleled capacity to coordinate with other Federal, State and Tribal governments to tackle initiatives on a national (and even international) scale. In particular, ongoing global climate change has elevated the importance of nascent efforts to focus on cross-jurisdictional landscape connectivity and to create extensive wildlife-habitat corridors. The BLM hopes to participate fully in the effort, and to help lead the charge.
IV. Necessary Funding: Preliminary Cost Estimates
Implementing BLM’s three-part Treasured Landscapes vision will require an increased investment of resources.
Over the past 10 years, funding to protect and manage lands with natural and cultural resources for use and enjoyment by current and future generations has generally remained flat when adjusted for inflation. At the same time, the West is rapidly urbanizing and the public and local governments increasingly view BLM-administered public lands as an extension of their backyards. BLM lands contribute significantly to the quality of life in the West. Taking into account the increased demands on the public lands, the BLM believes the full cost of managing Treasured Landscapes at a level commensurate with public expectations and need for conservation would be in the range of $2 to $4 per acre.
The BLM manages NLCS units for $2.21 per acre and the rest of public lands at $1.70 per acre, totaling $59.7 million for NLCS units and $187.4 million for other Treasured Landscapes in 2010. The BLM has demonstrated that the NLCS model for conservation is significantly cost efficient in protecting landscape level resources. For example, the National Park Service operates and manages units comparatively for an average of $9.57 per acre management cost. At $4 per acre, existing and potential NLCS units could be funded for a total of $248 million by the year 2015. Other specially designated areas and habitat vital for species recovery within the BLM could be managed for $2 per acre, totaling $150.4 million by the year 2015.
The BLM recommends that any major funding increases be phased in over a five-year period to allow the BLM time to build capacity (e.g. hiring staff, developing partnerships, and processing requisitions) in order to accomplish the increased workload. This would include increased law enforcement and protection activities, expanded resource restoration and conservation activities, improved visitor services, information, education and interpretation and other activities needed to meet the increasing public demand and expectations for conservation. By the year 2015, funding for Treasured Landscapes would total $398.4 million. Projected funding needs for managing both the NLCS and other lands comprising the BLM’s Treasured Landscapes are presented in the table below by subactivity.
Proposed Funding for Treasured Landscapes showing incremental increases by Subactivity
A copy of the original text of page 9 appears below. Please look for Page 10 tomorrow.
EXCLUSIVE: Memos show EPA officials tried to kill mine project before scientific review: ‘Agency officials coached tribes on how to oppose Alaska’s Pebble Mine’!-Posted on The Washington Times-By Phillip Swarts, The Washington Times-On April 30, 2014:
Federal land grab comes to California At Vail Lake!-Posted on Breitbart.com-By KRISTIN TATE-On April 30, 2014:
Showdown on the Range!-Posted on The New American-By William F. Jasper-On May 2, 2014:
Westerners fear Obama preparing monuments land grab!-Posted on The Salt Lake Tribune-By Thomas Burr, The Salt Lake Tribune-On May 2, 2014:
Hold your horses: Nevada standoff reveals bigger fight over federally owned land!-Posted on The Washington Times-By Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times-On May 4, 2014:
Who Owns One-Third of American Land—And How It’s Holding Us Back!-Posted on The Foundry-By Amy Payne-On May 8, 2014:
Nevada Dem calls for purge of ‘armed separatists’ from Bundy ranch!-Posted on The Washington Times-By Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times-On May 5, 2014:
FBI INVESTIGATING BUNDY SUPPORTERS: ‘Claims weapons were pointed at federal officers triggers criminal investigation’!-Posted on WND.com-On May 8, 2014:
Corsi: Tea Party Patriots Must Confront Obama’s Tyranny!-Posted on TeaParty.org-By Dr. Jerome Corsi Exclusive-On May 4, 2014:
BLM Stopped AGAIN! Supporters Band Together Against BLM Lawlessness In Blanding, Utah!-Posted on Before It’s News-By Guerilla Media Network-On May 11, 2014:
State officials slap feds: New Mexico board orders Forest Service fence opened: ‘Clash over cattle follows feds’ dispute with Bundy’!-Posted on The Washington Times-By Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times-On May 12, 2014:
To Protect a Mouse, Forest Service Cuts Off Water Access in New Mexico!-Posted on The New American-By Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.-On May 16, 2014:
THE BUNDY STANDOFF—A CENTURY OF ABUSE (Part 1)-Posted on NewsWithViews.com-By Michael S. Coffman, Ph.D-On May 17, 2014:
Feds’ latest land grab: Designate contested N.M. area a national monument: ‘Bundy types of protests feared in New Mexico’!-Posted on The Washington Times-By Dave Boyer, The Washington Times-On May 19, 2014:
SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: OBAMA’S BORDER ‘MONUMENT’ IMPEDES CRITICAL SECURITY!-Posted on Big Government-By KRISTIN TATE-On May 21, 2014:
Video: Anger And Frustration Growing At BLM And Federal Government Utah Ranchers Now Protesting!-Posted on YouTube.com-By wwwMOXNEWScom-On May 19, 2014:
Enemy at the gates: New Mexico plots criminal charges against feds in land fight: ‘Gov’t, locals want to fend off a new Bundy-type clash’!-Posted on The Washington Times-By Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times-On May 21, 2014:
DOES THE CONSTITUTION PERMIT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO OWN LAND?-Posted on NewsWithViews.com-By Damon Mancuso-On May 22, 2014:
Tyranny At The Department Of The Interior!-Posted on The Daily Caller-By Karen Lugo, Director, Center for Tenth Amendment Action,TPPF-On May 22, 2014:
EPA Rain of Terror – Now Seizing Control Over Private Land Thru Water, Ponds and Puddles!-Posted on Your Daily Dose of Conservatism-By Rick Wells-On May 30, 2014:
New Mexico Ranchers Rally; Feds Still Deny Cattle Access to Water!-Posted The New American-By Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.-On June 4, 2014:
OBAMA’S INTERIOR SEC. CONNECTS LAS VEGAS SHOOTERS AND BUNDY: ‘Mentions presence of Jerad and Amanda Miller at the Bundy ranch’!-Posted on InfoWars.com-By KURT NIMMO | INFOWARS.COM-On June 9, 2014:
Media Links Vegas Shooters To Bundy Ranch and TEA Party!-Posted on Patriot Update-On June 9, 2014:
Cliven Bundy’s son: Killers were Kicked Off Bundy Ranch!-Posted on Politico-By ASSOCIATED PRESS-On June 9, 2014:
REID CALLS FOR MORE GUN CONTROL BEFORE FACTS IN ON LAS VEGAS ATTACK!-Posted on Big Govertnment-By AWR HAWKINS-On June 9, 2014:
Everyday Americans Demonized After Las Vegas Murders!-Posted on The New American-By Alex Newman-On June 10, 2014:
Constitutional Sheriff in NM Defies IRS!-Posted on Liberty First-By KrisAnne Hall-On February 6, 2015:
MONTANANS FIGHT TO LAST DROP OVER PRECIOUS WATER RIGHTS: ‘Critics say epic settlement before lawmakers would strip owners of everything’!-Posted on WND.com-By BOB UNRUH-On February 23, 2015:
Letter to our NM U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan-Grisham (re: Shadow Party’s alleged agenda to take down America)!-Posted on Tea Party Command Center-By Jake Martinez-On February 13, 2015:
Letter to our NM U.S. Senator Tom Udall (re: Shadow Party's alleged agenda to take down America)!-Posted on Tea Party Command Center-By Jake Martinez-On January 30, 2015:
Letter to our NM U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan-Grisham (re: Release of five key Taliban Guantanamo detainees in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl)!-Posted on Tea Party Command Center-By Jake Martinez-On June 7, 2014:
New World Order By Executive Order!
What is the true intent of the UN Small Arms Treaty?
How “climate change” is supposedly impacting New Mexico and other southwestern states because of ensuing drought and devastating wildfires!-Posted on Tea Party Command Center-ByJake Martinez-On February 10, 2014:
Do Alinsky’s Rules Define This Administration’s Governing Style?
Obamanites Get Violent in Support of the Agenda!
Nearly 80 percent don’t trust the government!
Where Is America Today?
Letter to our NM U.S. Senator Tom Udall (re: Petition for Return of Government to Our Constitutional Principles)!-Posted on Tea Party Command Center-By Jake Martinez-On April 17, 2014:
Letter to our NM U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (re: Petition for Return of Government to Our Constitutional Principles)!-Posted on Tea Party Command Center-By Jake Martinez-On March 29, 2014:
Letter to our NM Governor Martinez regarding a “Petition for Return of Government to Our Constitutional Principles”!-Posted on Tea Party Command Center-By Jake Martinez-On March 29, 2014:
A Republic, If You Can Keep It!
The Fightin Side of Me!
When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty!
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“Food For Thought”
Hello: When Are Americans Going To Wake Up?-God Bless America!