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  • Trump Picks Ryan Zinke to Head the DOI?

    Yep, Trump Picked Ryan Zinke to Head the DOI

    ZINKI’S  IDEA OF HIS DUTY AS THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AS  SECRETARY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A BROAD CONSENSUS ON WHAT WE’RE DOING

    ZINKE IS A RELATIVE POLITICAL NEWCOMER IN WASHINGTON AND TO POLITICS GENERALLY. DURING HIS SHORT TENURE AS A STATE LAWMAKER IN MONTANA, HE DEVELOPED A REPUTATION AS A “MODERATE” ON SOME ISSUES.

    ODDLY ENOUGH, AS A POLITICAL NEWCOMER, ZINKE HAS AN EXTENSIVE VOCABULARY OF THE LIBERAL POLITICO ESTABLISHMENTS KEY BUZZ WORDS.

    ZINKI’S TOP PRIORITIES WOULD BE TO GIVE LOCAL LAND MANAGERS AND RANGERS MORE FLEXIBILITY IN LAND MANAGEMENT DECISIONS

    REALLY, START COOLING OFF TENSION OVER LAND USE

    AFTER ABOUT FOUR HOURS OF QUESTIONING  AND COMMENTS  DURING . REP. RYAN ZINKE CONFIRMATION HEARING BEFORE THE SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE TUESDAY

    IT’S ALREADY CLEAR THERE COULD BE SOME FRICTION BETWEEN AN INTERIOR SECRETARY ZINKE AND SOME REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SPENDING.

    AND REALLY, ZINKE  PROMISES TO BRING A TEDDY ROOSEVELT-STYLE APPROACH TO MANAGING FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS?

    ZINKE  WENT ON TO SAY THAT HE THOUGHT THE COUNTRY HAS BENEFITED GREATLY FROM A LOT OF NATIONAL MONUMENT DESIGNATIONS, INCLUDING IN HIS HOME STATE OF MONTANA.

    ZINKE HINTED AT THE HEARING THAT ONE PRIORITY IN AN EXPECTED TRUMP-BACKED INFRASTRUCTURE BILL WILL BE TO ADDRESS A $12 BILLION BACKLOG IN MAINTENANCE AT NATIONAL PARKS.

    ZINKE HINTED? THAT  $12,000,000,000.00 BILLION DOLLAR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) BACKLOG FOR MAINTENANCE WOULD BE  A PRIORITY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP?

    PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD HAVE A RED FLAG PRIORITY ON ANYTHING WITH  $12,000,000,000.00 BILLION DOLLAR AMOUNT ATTACHED TO IT.

    $12,000,000,000.00 BILLION DOLLARS IS THE LOW ESTIMATE FOR BUILDING THE WALL.

    MY CONSIDERED OPINION IS THAT RYAN ZINKE WOULD SUCK AS THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, NOT ONLY  DO I  QUESTION, I STRENOUSLY OBJECT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PICK REP. RYAN ZINKE, R-MONT TO HEAD THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI)

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    This is the hierarchy of power that  President Trump would be giving to Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. by appointment.

     A MAN WHO’S  IDEA OF HIS DUTY AS THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR SECRETARY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A BROAD CONSENSUS ON WHAT WE’RE DOING

      The Department of the Interior Organizational Chart

    This is the classification of things according to relative importance or inclusiveness.

    Interior Organizational Chart

    Interior Organization Chart

    Trump Pick To Head Interior Department Says Climate Change Is Not …

    www.npr.org/…/trumppick-to-head-interior-department-says-climate-change-is-not-a…

    Jan 17, 2017 – Why would President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont

    LOL  RYAN ZINKE,  SAYS “WE ALL LOVE OUR PUBLIC LANDS, AND THE DUTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AS A SECRETARY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A BROAD CONSENSUS ON WHAT WE’RE DOING..

    Indeed, I would be speechless, if I did not have this website

    JUST SAYING. JUST ASKING? WHO IS THIS GUY?

     I’VE NEVER HEARD OF RYAN ZINKE. PERIOD WHO VETTED HIM?

    THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI) IS A MESS, AND ITS AGENCIES ARE A MESS, LIKE THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) AND THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) IS A BLOODY MESS,  THE DOI HAS MORE THAN CONTROL OF PUBLIC LAND, WITH A COMBINED CONTROL OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF ACRES OF PUBLIC LANDS, MOSTLY IN THE WEST.

    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD SAY “WHAT A MESS”.

    THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI) IS A MESS

    During the Obama administration, fights over control of federal land boiled over into armed standoffs led by rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons in Nevada and Oregon.

    And, During the Obama administration, fights over control of federal land boiled over again on January 2, 2016, armed militants seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County Oregon

    On January 26, 2016 Robert “LaVoy” Finicum,  was shot three times in the back by two OSP officers.

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    IT’S ALREADY CLEAR THERE COULD BE SOME FRICTION BETWEEN AN INTERIOR SECRETARY ZINKE AND some Republicans in Congress especially when it comes to spending.

    Certainly, President Trump is aware of the abuse of power by Obama’s  appointed interior secretary of Department of the Interior (DOI)

    The abuse of power by the DOI has been historically documented, and was crystal clear to America’s taxpaying citizens and voters long before  Trump formally announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015.

    HISTORICALLY DOCUMENTED THE  DOI ABUSE OF POWER, UNDER THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT  (BLM) ” THE SAGEBRUSH REBELLION”  THAT STARTED IN 1970 AND THE BLM STANDOFF ARMED WITH THE BUNDY’S

    2014, ‘IF THINGS DON’T CHANGE, IT’S NOT LONG BEFORE SHOTS WILL BE FIRED,’ LYMAN SAID, JOINING OTHER CONSERVATIVE LAWMAKERS SUCH AS CHAFFETZ IN WARNING OF VIOLENCE

    IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DIDN’T REIN IN THE BLM.

    AND, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DID NOT REIN IN THE BLM.

    On January 26, 2016 Robert “LaVoy” Finicum,  was shot three times in the back by two OSP officers.

    Behind My Back | Shooting him three times in the back

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/03/09/4775/

    Mar 9, 2016 – Shooting him three times in the back. Shooting death of LaVoy Finicum justified, necessary, prosecutor says shows that the three fatal shots …

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    SO, Why did President Trump pick Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont to  head the U.S. Department of Interior? to clean up the huge mess?

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    MAY 4, 2014 The Department of the Interior(DOI)  

    Behind My Back | Dept. of Interior Deterioration

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/05/04/dept-of-interiordeterioration/

    MAY 4, 2014“We the people” don’t have to look very far down the US. Government chain of command to pin point the cause of THE DETERIORATION of the … DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

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    HISTORICALLY DOCUMENTED THE  DOI ABUSE OF POWER, UNDER THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT  (BLM) ” THE SAGEBRUSH REBELLION”  THAT STARTED IN 1970

    PATRIOTIC AMERICAN CITIZENS CALL THEM “LAND GRABS”

    THE SAGEBRUSH REBELLION was a movement during the 1970s and 1980s that sought major changes to federal land control, use and disposal policy in the American West where, in 13 western states, federal land holdings include between 20% and 85% of a state’s area.

    YEP, PATRIOTIC AMERICAN CITIZENS CALL THEM, DOI BLM “LAND GRABS” IT GOT SO WILD IT WAS NAMED THE WILD OLYMPIC SCAM, BY HOOK OR BY CROOKS OR BY OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    Obama signs executive order, bypasses Congress, and …

    https://investmentwatchblog.com/obamasignsexecutiveorderbypasses-…

    1 day ago – OBAMA SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER, BYPASSES CONGRESS, AND LEGALIZES ALL BLM LAND GRABS. … ORDER, BYPASS CONGRESS, AND DO A MASSIVE BLM LAND GRAB. … http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/22499-behind- …

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    A sequel to a 1970s movement that sought a state takeover ( LAND GRABS) of federal public lands.

    Behind My Back | The Sagebrush Rebellion

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/04/14/the-sagebrushrebellion/

    Apr 14, 2014 – This 20th-century conflict, known as the Sagebrush Rebellion, pits ranchers, loggers, miners and others against Washington bureaucrats in a …

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    THE BLM LAND GRAB

    In May 2014, in Texas, militias and their allies came to protest a BLM survey of more than 90,000 acres along the Red River, fearing the federal government was planning a land grab.”

    ‘If things don’t change, it’s not long before shots will be fired,’ Lyman said, joining other conservative lawmakers such as Chaffetz in warning of violence if the federal government didn’t rein in the BLM.

    ‘We can avoid it. But it’s not going to be by the people changing their attitudes and accepting more intrusion into their lives. IT’S GOING TO BE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGING PEOPLE’S FREEDOM.’‘It is impossible to overstate the importance of the victory won in the desert today, “The feds were routed—routed. There is no word that applies. Courage is contagious, defiance is contagious, victory is contagious. Yet the war is not over.’”

    JAN 30, 2017 WHILE THE STANDOFF AT THE BUNDY RANCH IN CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA, HAS FADED AND THE SHOOTING DEATH OF LAVOY FINICUM HAS FADED FROM THE  LIBERAL  PUBLIC NEWS  MEDIA HEADLINES.

    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    Update  Jan 29, 2017 Robert “LaVoy” Finicum

    (GO TO THE ARTICLE LINK HERE)

    http://redoubtnews.com/2017/01/29/meeting-never-happened-john-day/

    Their intent is to meet President Donald Trump and present him with a letter requesting the pardon of local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond.

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    BLM Bureau of Land Mismanagement

    Posted on February 29, 2016 9:33 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    February 26, 2016 Toni Webb’s  story is here… OREGON CANDIDATE EXPOSES SOCIAL, ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE CAUSED BY FEDERAL CONTROL IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY

    Liz and I both saw this … As the history of our three counties in three different states. Washington State, Oregon and Calif. Liz Bowen is from Siskiyou County, Calif. Pie N Politics Pearl Rains Hewett is from Clallam County WA

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    Jan 30, 2017 Updated to reflect…

    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    As, President of the United States, Trump shall seriously affect the transfer of ownership and return control of public lands back to western states, like Oregon, as critical to our survival.

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    Trump Jr Human Toll Issues – WA DC Edicts

    Posted on June 11, 2016 9:18 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Donald Trump Jr has been informed of the issues.

    Toni Webb’s  issues are…  THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE CAUSED BY FEDERAL CONTROL IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY OREGON

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    February 13, 2016

    Toni Webb meets with Donald Trump Jr to discuss Timber Issues and Land Ownership.

    The bottom line from Toni…

    Jan 30, 2017 Updated to reflect…

    Donald Trump Jr was informed of the issues.

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    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    I have no doubt President Donald Trump will  transfer our lands from federal mismanagement. He has assured us, he will prevent further loss and reverse the losses that have plunged our county into poverty..

    INDEED,  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SHALL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, AND HELP US HELP OURSELVES.

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    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/17/510335071/trump-pick-to-head-interior-department-says-climate-change-is-not-a-hoax

    The bottom line

    MY CONSIDERED OPINION IS THAT RYAN ZINKE WOULD “SUCK” AS THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, NOT ONLY  DO I  QUESTION, I STRENUOUSLY OBJECT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PICK REP. RYAN ZINKE, R-MONT TO HEAD THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI) TO CLEAN UP THE HUGE (DOI) MESS


  • WOW Stop the 2016 WILD OLYMPICS

    WOW STOP THE 2016 WILD OLYMPICS

    SAME WILD WA DC  AGGRESSORS

    SAME WAR ON WILD

    Jun 21, 2012 Dicks, Senators Murray and Cantwell and Rep. Kilmer started the WILD WILDERNESS OLYMPICS  WAR ON Jun 21, 2012. H.R. 5995 (112th). To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington….

    AND THEY LOST

    Jan 16, 2014 – Dicks, Derek Kilmer, U.S. Senators. Patty Murray and Cantwell . The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014 … Jan 17, 2014. H.R. 3922 (113th). To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington…. , (also known as WILD OLYMPICS SCAM- WAR ON WILD)

    AND THEY LOST

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    NOW, THE SAME WILD WA DC AGGRESSORS

     ARE BACK IN 2016

    Jun 4, 2015 – WILD OLYMPICS: Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer Renew Push

    The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act would designate 126,554 acres of existing federal land as wilderness in the Olympic National Forest and designate 464 river miles across 19 rivers and major tributaries on the Olympic Peninsula as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

     Jun 4, 2015  SENATOR MURRAY HAS INTRODUCED  SENATE BILLS  FOR WILDERNESS AND WILDING, SACRIFICING THE USE OF OUR PUBLIC NATIONAL PARKS, PRIVATE LANDS  AND RIVERS.  PLACING RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RESOURCES, OF, AND IN WASHINGTON, IDAHO, CALIFORNIA, AND OREGON STATE

    INDEED, THE  LOSERS ARE BACK

    INSANITY: DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN

    STOP THE WILD INSANITY IN WA DC

    IF  SENATORS  MURRAY, CANTWELL AND REPRESENTATIVE KILMER CAN NOT FUND AND MAINTAIN THE NATIONAL PARK LAND THAT THEY HAVE…

    National parks face $12 billion backlog – Business Insider

    www.businessinsider.com/ap-national-parks-face-12billi

    Business Insider Feb 5, 2016 – THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS CELEBRATING ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR, BUT THE SYSTEM FACES A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR MAINTENANCE BACKLOG THAT …

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    TAKE THE TIME TO CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN WA DC AND ASK THEM TO STOP THIS WILD INSANITY,  PERPETUATED BY THE SAME LOSERS, AFFECTING WASHINGTON STATE, IDAHO, CALIFORNIA, AND OREGON.

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    Behind My Back | WOW Opposition to Wild Olympics

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/07/21/wow-opposition-to-wildolympics/

    Jul 21, 2015 – WOW Opposition to Wild Olympics Yesterday, Ross and I, (two 74 year old senior citizens) put up (12) “STOP WILD … The signs read “Stop Wild Olympics $900 Million Land Grab” …. Wild Olympics is More than a Scam » …

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

    The bottom line

    WOW STOP THE 2016 WILD OLYMPICS

    MY RULE ALWAYS PUT THE BOTTOM LINE AT THE TOP.

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    YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A GENIUS TO FIGURE THIS OUT,

    BUT IT’S REASSURING  TO HAVE  EINSTEIN’S OPINION


  • Obama Plus the LWFC Land Grabs

    OBAMA’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND GRABS PLUS THE LWFC?

    Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program

    AS OF OCTOBER 2015, DESCRIBING IT (LWCF) AS A “SLUSH FUND”, ROB BISHOP (R) OF UTAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, HAD BLOCKED A VOTE ON REAUTHORIZATION.

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been America’s most important conservation “SLUSH FUNDING” tool for nearly 50 years. Since 1964, the fund has …

    For nearly 50 years taxpayers income has been diverted to fund the (LWCF)?

    Who knew?

    THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF INCOME TO THE FUND IS FEES PAID TO THE BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT, REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT BY COMPANIES DRILLING OFFSHORE FOR OIL AND GAS.

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    THE GOOD NEWS WAS…

    Oct 1, 2015

    Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund

    www.hcn.org/…/congresslets-sun-set-on-land-and-w
    High Country News

    Oct 1, 2015Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund … The sunsetting of the LWCF was greeted with dismay by conservationists and …

    CONSERVATIVE Sen. Daines (R)  told the breakfast meeting that reauthorization has “a higher probability if we attach it to another piece of legislation,”

    so they’ll be looking for some piece of must-pass legislation before the end of the year, like the omnibus spending bill or a HIGHWAY and transportation bill.

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     CONSERVATIVE Sen. Daines (R) has also lent his vote to bailout the HIGHWAY Trust Fund, despite ample evidence the Fund is only “bankrupt”

    Hmmm…  Sen. Daines (R) said….
    because of Congress’ appetite for spending on projects completely unrelated to HIGHWAY
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    Oct 1, 2015 ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE,
    CONSERVATIVE?   CONSERVATIONIST?  Sen. Daines (R) SAID…
    ATTACH THE LWCF RE AUTHORIZATION TO A  MUST-PASS LEGISLATION BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR….  The like the omnibus spending bill or a HIGHWAY and transportation bill.
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    THE BAD NEWS IS..
    UPDATED Dec 16, 2015….Thanks to Sen. Daines (R)
    The NEW spending bill also gives the LWCF fund $450 million for the coming fiscal year, a near 50 percent increase over the previous level.
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    CONSERVATIONIST? Rep. Grijalva (D) and CONSERVATIVE Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R) co-sponsored a LWCF permanent reauthorization bill

    Rep. Grijalva (D)  said…We should make it permanent, avoid prolonged budget battles and get back to the business of protecting our natural spaces.

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    Find Your Park – Centennial (U.S. National Park Service)

    www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/findyourpark.htm
    National Park Service

    Go to FindYourPark.com to share your heritage. Find Your Park logo … Find Your Park is about more than just national parks! It’s about the National Park Service …

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    THIS IS ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE…

    Land and Water Conservation Fund – National Park Service

    www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/lwcf/funding.html
    National Park Service

    Oct 26, 2015 – find LWCF in your neighborhood … Current Funding for GrantsSally Jewell signed the 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) …

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    Some CONSERVATIVES, complain that THE LWCF  FUNDING allows the federal government to expand its reach by buying up private land and that it helps fund environmental groups that sell land to federal officials.
    INDEED… TO NAME JUST FIVE…
    National Parks Conservation Association, Environment America, The Wilderness Society, the Land Trust Alliance, and the Nature Conservancy.
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    Sen. Daines (R) has been a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee as well as the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He has also been a member of both the Commerce and Indian Affairs committees.   – See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/members/steve-daines/#sthash.WxWSWNP3.dpuf

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    HOW THING WORK ON THE HILL

    With Bipartisan Support

    Americans’ current 11% job approval rating of Congress is its worst rating so far this year

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    UPDATED Dec 16, 2015

    Conservation fund gets 3-year lifeline in spending bill | TheHill

    thehill.com/…/263424-conservation-fund-gets-3-year-lifeline-in-…
    The Hill

    Dec 16, 2015The reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund … is a sign of the ineffectiveness of this Congress and deep dysfunction in …

    The NEW spending bill also gives the LWCF fund $450 million for the coming fiscal year, a near 50 percent increase over the previous level.

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    WE ALL KNOW HOW OBAMA’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND GRABS WORK

    REFLECTED IN THE ANTI-PUBLIC-LAND AND ANTI-FEDERAL SENTIMENTS AFOOT IN SOME QUARTERS OF THE WEST.

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    (THE CENTER FOR WESTERN PRIORITIES CREATED AN INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING

    HOW LWCF HAS MADE NATIONAL PARKS WHOLE

    BY PAYING TO BUY INHOLDINGS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS.)

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    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INHOLDER WILLING SELLERS (LWFC) PROGRAM.

    Using diverted taxpayers income to pay for INHOLDERS private property.

    Congress regularly diverts…..

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    WHICH HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ACRES SO FAR. LWCF PURCHASES WILDLIFE HABITAT, BUYS PRIVATE INHOLDINGS WITHIN WILDERNESSES AND NATIONAL PARKS, PRESERVES

    But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman.

    The United States’ Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program that was established by Act of Congress in 1965 to provide funds and matching grants to federal, state and local governments FOR THE ACQUISITION OF LAND AND WATER, AND EASEMENTS ON LAND AND WATER,

    for the benefit of all Americans
    THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF INCOME TO THE FUND IS FEES PAID TO THE BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT, REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT BY COMPANIES DRILLING OFFSHORE FOR OIL AND GAS.

    Congress regularly diverts most of the funds from this source to other purposes, however. ADDITIONAL MINOR SOURCES OF INCOME INCLUDE THE SALE OF SURPLUS FEDERAL REAL ESTATE AND TAXES ON MOTORBOAT FUEL.

    The program is divided into two distinct funding pools: state grants AND FEDERAL ACQUISITION FUNDS.
    (THE CENTER FOR WESTERN PRIORITIES CREATED AN INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING HOW LWCF HAS MADE NATIONAL PARKS WHOLE BY PAYING TO BUY INHOLDINGS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS.)

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    Mapping the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF …

    wilderness.org/mapping-land-and-waterconserva
    The Wilderness Society

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been America’s most important conservation funding tool for nearly 50 years. Since 1964, the fund has …
    WHICH HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ACRES SO FAR. LWCF PURCHASES WILDLIFE HABITAT, BUYS PRIVATE INHOLDINGS WITHIN WILDERNESSES AND NATIONAL PARKS, PRESERVES
    FUNDS FROM THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND HAVE BEEN UTILIZED OVER THE YEARS ON PROJECTS BOTH LARGE AND SMALL. LWCF HAS HELPED STATE AGENCIES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES

    ACQUIRE NEARLY SEVEN MILLION ACRES (28,000 KM²) OF LAND AND EASEMENTS

    CONTROLLING FURTHER LAND

    Though LWCF is authorized with A BUDGET CAP OF $900 MILLION ANNUALLY
    THE PRESIDENT MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS REGARDING FUNDING FOR SPECIFIC LWCF PROJECTS.
    But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman,

    REFLECTING THE ANTI-PUBLIC-LAND AND ANTI-FEDERAL SENTIMENTS AFOOT IN SOME QUARTERS OF THE WEST.

    AS OF OCTOBER 2015, DESCRIBING IT AS A “SLUSH FUND”, ROB BISHOP OF UTAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, HAD BLOCKED A VOTE ON REAUTHORIZATION.
    CONGRESS FAILED TO TAKE ACTION TO REAUTHORIZE IT.

    THAT MEANS THAT OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS PRODUCERS WILL NO LONGER BE PAYING INTO THE CHEST THAT FUNDS THE PROGRAM —
    CONGRESS. INSTEAD, LAWMAKERS WILL BE DICKERING OVER HOW TO DIVVY UP FORMER LWCF APPROPRIATIONS, WHICH WILL NOW BE GOING INTO THE GENERAL TREASURY.

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    Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant – National Park …

    www.nps.gov/lwcf/
    National Park Service

    Nov 3, 2015 – The LWCF Program provides matching grants to States and local … protection and maintenance of recreation resources across the United States. … of $42.8 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States, …

    The United States’ Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program that was established by Act of Congress in 1965 to provide funds and matching grants to federal, state and local governments for the acquisition of land and water, and easements on land and water, for the benefit of all Americans.[1]

    The main emphases of the fund are recreation and the protection of national natural treasures in the forms of parks and protected forest and wildlife areas.

    The LWCF has a broad-based coalition of support and oversight, including the National Parks Conservation Association, Environment America, The Wilderness Society, the Land Trust Alliance, and the Nature Conservancy.
    The primary source of income to the fund is fees paid to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement by companies drilling offshore for oil and gas. Congress regularly diverts most of the funds from this source to other purposes, however. Additional minor sources of income include the sale of surplus federal real estate and taxes on motorboat fuel.

    Funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund have been utilized over the years on projects both large and small. LWCF has helped state agencies and local communities acquire nearly seven million acres (28,000 km²) of land and easements controlling further land, developed project sites including such popular recreational areas as Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia, California’s Big Sur Coast, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Montana, helped maintain Yellowstone National Park, and helped to build and maintain “thousands of local playgrounds, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds.”
    Though LWCF is authorized with a budget cap of $900 million annually, this cap has been met only twice during the program’s nearly four decades of existence.[citation needed] As of 2015 the program generated about $2.5 million a day from leases on offshore oil and gas drilling.
    The program is divided into two distinct funding pools: state grants and federal acquisition funds. The distribution formula takes into account population density and other factors.
    On the federal side, each year, based on project demands from communities as well as input from the federal land management agencies,

    THE PRESIDENT MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS REGARDING FUNDING FOR SPECIFIC LWCF PROJECTS.

    In Congress, these projects go through an Appropriations Committee review process. Given the intense competition among projects, funding is generally only provided for those projects with universal support.

    Initially authorized for a twenty-five-year period, the LWCF has been extended for another twenty-five years, its current mandate running until January 2015.

    As of October 2015, describing it as a “slush fund”, Rob Bishop (R)  of Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, had blocked a vote on reauthorization.

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    Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund

    www.hcn.org/…/congresslets-sun-set-on-land-and-w
    High Country News

    Oct 1, 2015 – Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund … The sunsetting of the LWCF was greeted with dismay by conservationists and …
    Oct 1, 2015 – But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman, reflecting the …In July, Montanans celebrated the addition of 8,200 acres, known as Tenderfoot Creek, to the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

    MOST OF THE $10.7 MILLION COST WAS PAID FOR BY THE FEDERAL LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, WHICH USES OIL AND GAS ROYALTIES FOR CONSERVATION AND RECREATION PROJECTS.
    But action on LWCF was derailed by far-right opposition, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Natural Resources chairman,

    REFLECTING THE ANTI-PUBLIC-LAND AND ANTI-FEDERAL SENTIMENTS AFOOT IN SOME QUARTERS OF THE WEST.
    Bishop is floating his own reforms to the program, which include redirecting most of the money to state and local projects

    (IN THE 1970S, CONGRESS REMOVED A REQUIREMENT THAT STATES GET 60 PERCENT OF LWCF FUNDING).
    (THE CENTER FOR WESTERN PRIORITIES CREATED AN INTERACTIVE MAP SHOWING HOW LWCF HAS MADE NATIONAL PARKS WHOLE BY PAYING TO BUY INHOLDINGS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS.)

    Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund
    The nation’s most successful conservation program is in jeopardy.

    Jodi Peterson Oct. 1, 2015 Web Exclusive

    In July, Montanans celebrated the addition of 8,200 acres, known as Tenderfoot Creek, to the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Most of the $10.7 million cost was paid for by the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses oil and gas royalties for conservation and recreation projects.
    But yesterday, the 50-year-old fund, widely viewed as one of the nation’s most popular and most successful land conservation programs, was allowed to expire completely. Despite broad bipartisan support, and despite a deadline that was no surprise to anyone, Congress failed to take action to reauthorize it.

    That means that offshore oil and gas producers will no longer be paying into the chest that funds the program —

    and now that the funding connection has been broken, reinstating it will be very difficult, especially given the tone of this CONGRESS. INSTEAD, LAWMAKERS WILL BE DICKERING OVER HOW TO DIVVY UP FORMER LWCF APPROPRIATIONS, WHICH WILL NOW BE GOING INTO THE GENERAL TREASURY.

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    Earlier this summer, dozens of representatives on both sides of the aisle had signed a letter in support of the perpetually underfunded program, WHICH HAS CONSERVED MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ACRES SO FAR.

    LWCF PURCHASES WILDLIFE HABITAT, BUYS PRIVATE INHOLDINGS WITHIN WILDERNESSES AND NATIONAL PARKS,

    PRESERVES cultural heritage sites, provides public access for fishing and hunting, and pays for urban parks, playgrounds and ballfields.

    (The Center for Western Priorities created an interactive map showing how LWCF has made national parks whole by paying to buy inholdings from private landowners.) And if put to a straight-up vote, reauthorization would pass both the House and Senate with bipartisan majorities.
    The sunsetting of the LWCF was greeted with dismay by conservationists and by many of the legislators from both parties who have long supported it, including Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana. At a Tuesday breakfast organized by the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in support of LWCF, Daines said, “I personally don’t think Rob (Bishop’)s view, and others have said this, necessarily reflects probably where most of the conference is now.”
    Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Arizona had some scathing words for the House in a statement: “You can see just how extreme some House Republicans really are when a popular conservation program with a spotless, fifty-year history of bipartisan reauthorization expires thanks to their partisan games. They can’t pass a highway bill, they can’t fund the government, they’re still struggling with a defense bill, and now they insist that LWCF funding has to stop.”
    Congress is authorized to allocate up to $900 million annually to LWCF, not from taxpayers’ dollars but from royalties paid by energy companies drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf.

    It rarely gives the fund anywhere close to that, though, and in recent years has sent about two-thirds of the allocation to the general treasury. As a result, the program has accumulated a $20 billion IOU, which Rep. Bishop cites as a reason not to continue funding it. But that money isn’t just lying around waiting to be spent, explains Mary Hollow, executive director of Montana-based Prickly Pear Land Trust, in the Helena Independent Record: “This is a paper account with nothing in it — there are only cobwebs,” she said. “The $20 billion has already been spent — diverted to fund other things … it’s inaccurate and unrealistic to think that if LWCF expires and we lose our authorization and revenue source that it would be business as usual.”
    So what’s likely to happen next? “This is a sad day for everyone who cares about our national parks and outdoor conservation, recreation and wildlife.

    Congress has broken an enduring promise to the American people,” said Alan Rowsome, senior director at the Wilderness Society and co-chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition, in a statement.

    But the coalition, the outdoor recreation industry, other conservation groups, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers aren’t just mourning the program’s loss — they’ll be kicking efforts into high gear to get the LWCF reauthorized as quickly as possible.
    And Congressional supporters are looking for those opportunities. Sen. Daines told the breakfast meeting that reauthorization has “a higher probability if we attach it to another piece of legislation,”

    so they’ll be looking for some piece of must-pass legislation before the end of the year, like the omnibus spending bill or a highway and transportation bill. He and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, have also cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, that permanently reauthorizes the program, and Tester cosponsored a bill that goes farther, locking in the full appropriation of $900 million so it can’t be siphoned off for other uses.

    Rep. Grijalva and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick co-sponsored a permanent reauthorization bill as well. When introducing it, Grijalva said, “Drawing out the uncertainty over the program’s funding every few years serves no one, especially when our constituents so strongly believe in the LWCF’s mission and value to the country. We should make it permanent, avoid prolonged budget battles and

    get back to the business of protecting our natural spaces.

    Anything less is a disservice to the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt and the generations of Americans who gave us the many beautiful American landscapes we enjoy today.”
    Jodi Peterson is a senior editor at High Country News. Follow @peterson_jodi