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  • WA DOE Rules Recreational Use of Water?

    TO PROTECT SURFACE WATER CONTACT BY RECREATIONAL USERS?

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Ballard, Laura (ECY)

    To: ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 3:51 PM

    Subject: The following rule pre-proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-201A WAC- Recreational Use Criteria

    WHAT ARE THE CURRENT SURFACE WATER CONTACT RECREATIONAL USES?

    Find Designated Uses for Waters of the State

    Aquatic Life Uses (see WAC 173-201A-200)(1):

     

    Recreational Uses: (see WAC 173-201A-200)(2))

    Extraordinary Primary Cont.

    Extraordinary quality primary contact waters. Waters providing extraordinary protection against waterborne disease or that serve as tributaries to extraordinary quality shellfish harvesting areas.

    Primary Cont.

    Primary contact recreation.

    Secondary Cont.

    Secondary contact recreation.

     

    Designated uses have sometimes been called “BENEFICIAL USES” and include public water supply, protection for fish, shellfish, and wildlife,

    AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL

    Miscellaneous Uses: (see WAC 173-201A-200)(4))

    Wildlife Habitat

    Wildlife habitat.

    Harvesting

    Fish harvesting.

    Commerce/Navigation

    Commerce and navigation.

    Boating

    Boating.

    Aesthetics

    Aesthetic values.

     

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    Find Designated Uses for Waters of the State

    SHALL WE HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BETWEEN THE LAW AND THE DOE RULE?

    (RCW 90.58.020) Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs)

    There are three basic policy areas to the Act: shoreline use, environmental protection and public access. The Act emphasizes accommodation of appropriate uses that require a shoreline location, protection of shoreline environmental resources and protection of the public’s right to access and use the shorelines

    Public access: Master programs must include a public access element making provisions for public access to publicly owned areas, and a recreational element for the preservation and enlargement of recreational opportunities.

    The overarching policy is that “the public’s opportunity to enjoy the physical and aesthetic qualities of natural shorelines of the state shall be preserved to the greatest extent feasible consistent with the overall best interest of the state and the people generally. “Alterations of the natural conditions of the shorelines of the state, in those limited instances when authorized, shall be given priority for…development that will provide an opportunity for substantial numbers of people to enjoy the shorelines of the state.”

    SHALL WE THE CITIZENS BE ALLOWED TO WALK ON THE SHORELINE BUT NOT TAKE RECREATION  IN THE WATER?

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    CONTINUED….

    Designated uses have sometimes been called “BENEFICIAL USES” and include public water supply, protection for fish, shellfish, and wildlife,

    AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL

    agricultural, industrial, navigational and aesthetic purposes. Water quality criteria designed to protect the designated uses and are used to assess the general health of Washington surface waters and set permit limits. Marine and fresh waters have designated uses assigned in a “use-based” format, where individual waterbodies are assigned individual uses.

    To find the designated uses for marine waterbodies refer to WAC 173-201A-610 and 612. For marine aquatic life uses see map (PDF). For marine criteria refer to WAC 173-201A-210, 240, and 260.

    Finding designated uses and criteria for rivers and streams is slightly more complex because of the large number of salmonid species and their complex freshwater spawning cycles.

    To find the designated use(s) for rivers and streams refer to WAC 173-201A-600 and 602 (Table 602) of the water quality standards.

    Table 602 is an extensive listing of waterbodies and the uses assigned to those waterbodies. Section 600 outlines default uses for those waterbodies not specifically named in Table 602.

     

    Chapter 246-260 WAC: WATER RECREATION FACILITIES

    apps.leg.wa.gov › WACs › Title 246

    Mar 27, 2014 – Special design and construction provisions for hotels and motels (transient accommodations) serving fewer than fifteen living units and for spas …

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    The Department of Ecology plans to amend Chapter 173-201A WAC, Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington.

    This rulemaking will:

    • Include new indicators and numeric criteria TO PROTECT WATER CONTACT RECREATIONAL USES in sections 200(2) and 210(3).
    • REVIEW CURRENT WATER CONTACT RECREATIONAL USE categories and modify sections 600 and 610 if necessary.
    • Improve the location information in use designation tables listed in this chapter – Table 602, USE DESIGNATIONS FOR FRESH WATERS AND Table 612, USE DESIGNATIONS FOR MARINE WATERS

     

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Ballard, Laura (ECY)

    To: ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 3:51 PM

    Subject: The following rule pre-proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-201A WAC- Recreational Use Criteria

    The following rule pre-proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser:

    August 16th, 2017

    Chapter 173-201A WAC: Recreational Use Criteria

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    Laws & Rules > Open Rulemaking > Chapter 173-201A Recreational Use Criteria

    Chapter 173-201A WAC
    Recreational Use Criteria

     

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    The Department of Ecology plans to amend Chapter 173-201A WAC, Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington.

    This rulemaking will:

    • Include new indicators and numeric criteria to protect water contact recreational uses in sections 200(2) and 210(3).
    • Review current water contact recreational use categories and modify sections 600 and 610 if necessary.
    • Improve the location information in use designation tables listed in this chapter – Table 602, Use designations for fresh waters and Table 612, Use designations for marine waters.

    Timeline and Documents

     

    Date (date subject to change)

    Activity

    August 16, 2017

    Announcement Phase (CR-101)
    Announcement documents
    Read the CR-101

    August 16, 2017 – Spring 2018

    Rule Development Phase
    Develop and prepare the rule language, regulatory analyses documents, SEPA documents, and other information.

    Spring 2018

    Rule Proposal Phase (CR -102)
    Proposal documents available upon filing.

    Spring 2018

    Hold public hearing comment period.

    Spring – Fall 2018

    Review public comments and prepare adoption packet.

    Fall 2018

    Rule Adoption Phase (CR-103)
    Documents available upon filing.

    Fall 2018

    Rule effective (usually 31 days after filing)

    Accessibility (ADA) – For documents in alternate format, call 360-407-6600, 711 (relay service), or 877-833-6341 (TTY). Also see Ecology’s ADA Accessibility page.

    ADDITIONAL RULE INFORMATION

    CONTACT

    Bryson Finch
    360-407-7158
    bryson.finch@ecy.wa.gov

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    To find the designated use(s) for rivers and streams refer to WAC 173-201A-600 and 602 (Table 602) of the water quality standards. Table 602 is an extensive listing of waterbodies and the uses assigned to those waterbodies. Section 600 outlines default uses for those waterbodies not specifically named in Table 602.

    Publication Summary Table  602.

    Title

    Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington, Chapter 173-201A WAC

    Publication number

    Date Published

    Date Revised

    06-10-091

    December 2006

    March 2017

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    Description

    This updated version of publication #06-10-091 incorporates rule language adopted by Ecology on August 1, 2016.

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    The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment. To help us meet that goal, please consider the environment before you print or request a copy.

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    Keywords

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  • June 20, 2017 Clallam County SMP Update

    My public comment

    Vested Clallam County Citizens have been fearful of how the SMP Update will affect their private property use since Jan 26, 2011.

    INDEED, THIS IS NOT ABOUT PROTECTING SHORE LANDS, WETLANDS, ANIMALS OR RIVERS. THIS IS ABOUT CONTROLLING PEOPLE AND THEIR PRIVATE PROPERTY.  I WISH PEOPLE WOULD WAKE UP TO WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY, STATE AND COUNTY  WITH REGARDS TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CONTROLLING LAND AND IMPOSING HEAVY REGULATIONS ON ALL PRIVATE PROPERTY.

    I received a phone call from a concerned (fearful) Clallam County citizen last night.

    “Pearl, have you read the new SMP Update Draft? Do you know how Steve Grey and (ESA Consultant) Margaret Clancy have changed it? Do you know what’s in it?”

    We talked for over an hour. My understanding of the most outrageous concerns.

    There shall be 200 foot setbacks based on a concocted 100 year plan?  Clallam County SMP Update Requirements prior to any permitted use of private shoreline property shall include, but not limited to,  up to $20,000.00 in …….

    Geotechnical Engineering

    www.whatisgeotech.org/

    IT INCLUDES, WITHOUT BEING LIMITED TO, the analysis, design and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining structures, embankments, roadways, tunnels, levees, wharves, landfills and other systems that are made of or are supported by soil or rock. Geotechnical Societies by Country.

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    The concerned citizen said, Pearl, what are you going to do about this? You have private shoreline property that will be seriously affected.

    IN CLALLAM COUNTY WA, THERE ARE 3300 VESTED SHORELINE PRIVATE PROPERTY  OWNERS THAT SHALL BE SERIOUSLY AFFECTED BY THE OUTRAGEOUS RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY SMP UPDATE, I AM JUST ONE OF THEM.

    THE REAL QUESTION IS WHAT ARE OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

    THEY HAVE VOTERS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE SMP UPDATE, THAT FEEL VIOLATED BY THE RESTRICTED USE OF THEIR PRIVATE PROPERTY IN CLALLAM COUNTY.

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    INDEED, BUT EVEN MORE TO THE POINT, what business does the government have telling a man whether or not he can plow or not on his own land?  This is not about wetlands and animals or rivers.  This is about controlling people and their property.  I wish people would wake up to what is taking place in this country with regards to central government controlling land and imposing heavy regulations on private property.

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    Farmer Faces $2.8 Million Fine for… Plowing His Field! – Freedom …

    freedomoutpost.com/farmer-faces-2-8-million-fine-for-plowing-his-field/

    May 26, 2017 – A California farmer is facing $2.8 million in fines for plowing his field and planting wheat without a permit. John Duarte of Duarte Nursery is …

    Tim BrownMay 26, 2017

    A California farmer is facing $2.8 million in fines for plowing his field and planting wheat without a permit.

    John Duarte of Duarte Nursery is David going up against Goliath, just like ranchers, farmers and natural health product makers.  His case could set a dangerous precedent that would require farmers to obtain expensive and time-consuming permits from the US Army of Corps Engineers before planting crops.

    “The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) permit to plow to grow crops,” said Anthony Francois, a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation. “We’re not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations.”

    However, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sided with the Army Corps last June, in which the US Attorney’s Office is asking for $2.8 million in civil penalties.

    Why?  Who was harmed?  What real and actual crime took place?

    USA Today has the background of the story that began in 2012 when Mr. Duarte planted wheat on land that he bought with his own money, some 450 acres.

    Because the property has numerous swales and wetlands, Duarte hired a consulting firm to map out areas on the property that were not to be plowed because they were part of the drainage for Coyote and Oat creeks and were considered “waters of the United States.”

    Francois conceded that some of the wetlands were plowed but not significantly damaged. He said the ground was plowed to a depth of 4 to 7 inches.

    The Army Corps did not claim Duarte violated the Endangered Species Act by destroying fairy shrimp or their habitat, Francois said.

    This particular freshwater species is unique to California and southern Oregon and has been classified as a threatened species since 1994 because much of its wetlands in California’s Central Valley were converted to cropland or became urban.

    Duarte’s wheat was planted but not harvested because in February 2013 the Army Corps of Engineers and the California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued orders to stop work at the site. The agencies claimed Duarte had violated the Clean Water Act by not obtaining a permit to discharge dredged or fill material into seasonal wetlands considered waters of the United States.

    Duarte sued the Army Corps and the state, alleging they violated his constitutional right of due process by issuing the cease and desist orders without a hearing. The U.S. Attorney’s Office counter-sued Duarte Nursery tto enforce the Clean Water Act violation.

    Farmers plowing their fields are specifically exempt from the Clean Water Act rules forbidding discharging material into U.S. waters, Francois said.

    The government claims that Duarte did not plow but rather used a ripper, which dug 10 inches into the soil and they allege that it disturbed portions of the property that included wetland areas.

    “Even under the farming exemption, a discharge of dredged or fill material incidental to the farming activities that impairs the flow of the waters of the United States still requires a permit because it changes the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters,” the U.S. attorney said in court filings.

    Francois claims the penalties are unfair because his client believed the plowing exemption allowed him to till the soil.

    “A plain reading of the rules says you don’t need a permit to do what he did,” Francois said. “How do you impose a multimillion penalty on someone for thinking the law says what it says?”

    Indeed, but even more to the point, what business does the government have telling a man whether or not he can plow or not on his own land?  This is not about wetlands and animals or rivers.  This is about controlling people and their property.  I wish people would wake up to what is taking place in this country with regards to central government controlling land and imposing heavy regulations on private property.

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    The bottom line…

    WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

    Just saying, To Local Elected Representatives..

    Changes are taking place in WA DC.

    Don’t lock yourself up by imposing restricted use on Private Property that you can’t defend and uphold in a court of law.


  • POTUS WOTUS EPA ACE and Justice Scalia

    POTUS WOTUS EPA ACE  and Justice Scalia

    President Trump signed an executive order on February 28, 2017, to roll back the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers ACE (Corps) promulgated in 2016.

    The Order is entitled, “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.”

    It instructs EPA and the ACE Corps to begin the process of a rule-making to withdraw the WOTUS rule, id. at § 2(a), and to take appropriate actions in the courts where the rule is in litigation. Id. § 2(c).

    President Trump signed executive order on February 28, 2017 instructs EPA and the Corps to

    “CONSIDER” ADOPTING THE SCALIA TEST FROM RAPANOS V. UNITED STATES, 547 U.S. 715 (2006).

    ORDER § 3. SCALIA OPINED IN RAPANOS THAT, “THE PHRASE ‘THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES’ includes only those relatively permanent, standing or continuously flowing bodies of water ‘forming geographic features’ that are described in ordinary parlance as ‘streams[,] . . . oceans, rivers, [and] lakes.’. . . . The phrase does not include channels through which water flows intermittently or ephemerally, or channels that periodically provide drainage for rainfall. . .” 547 U.S. at 739.

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    Notice that Trump signed the EO back at the end of February 2017, and the EPA is JUST NOW sending the information out. It looks like they have deliberately STALLED.

    These statements have to be in by June 19, 2017. Heads up!

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    THE FEDERAL DEFINITION OF NAVIGABLE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES

    IS LOCATED AT 33 CFR 329.4

    • 329.4 General definition.

    Navigable waters of the United States are those waters that are subject to the ebb (the outgoing phase; when the tide drains away from the shore) and flow (the incoming phase; when water rises again) of the tide and/or are presently used, or have been used in the past, or may be susceptible for use to transport interstate or foreign commerce. A determination of  navigability, once made, applies laterally over the entire surface of the waterbody, and is not extinguished by later actions or events which impede or destroy navigable capacity.

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    The federal definition 40 CFR 230 .3 pertains to the Clean Water Act and waters of the United States.

    WOTUS BY OBAMA

    The definition of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) is very dangerous and overreaching. Under section (o), parts of the definition read as follows:
    o) The term waters of the United States means: …

    (ii) All interstate waters, including interstate wetlands;

    (iv) All impoundments of waters otherwise identified as waters of the United States under this section;

    (vi) All waters adjacent to a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (v) of this section, including  wetlands, ponds, lakes, oxbows, impoundments, and similar waters;

    (vii) All waters in paragraphs (o)(1)(vii)(A) through (E) of this section where they are determined, on a case-specific basis, to have a  significant nexus to a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section. The waters identified in each of paragraphs (o)(1)(vii)(A) through (E) of this section are similarly situated and shall be combined, for purposes of a significant nexus analysis, in the watershed that drains to the nearest water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section. Waters identified in this paragraph shall not be combined with waters identified in paragraph (o)(1)(vi) of this section when performing a significant nexus analysis. If waters identified in this paragraph are also an  adjacent water under paragraph (o)(1)(vi), they are an adjacent water and no case-specific significant nexus analysis is required.

    (A)Prairie potholes. Prairie potholes are a complex of glacially formed wetlands, usually occurring in depressions that lack permanent natural outlets, located in the upper Midwest.

    (viii) All waters located within the 100-year floodplain of a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section and all waters located within 4,000 feet of the high tideline or ordinary high water mark of a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (v) of this section where they are determined on a case-specific basis to have a significant nexus to a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section. For waters determined to have a  significant nexus, the entire water is a water of the United States if a portion is located within the 100-year floodplain of a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section or within 4,000 feet of the high tide line or ordinary high water mark. Waters identified in this paragraph shall not be combined with waters identified in paragraph (o)(1)(vi) of this section when performing a significant nexus analysis. If waters identified in this paragraph are also an adjacent water under paragraph (o)(1)(vi), they are an adjacent water and no case-specific  significant nexus analysis is required.

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    WRITING FOR THE COURT IN THE 2014 CLEAN AIR ACT CASE, UTILITY AIR REGULATORY GROUP V. EPA, JUSTICE SCALIA DECLARED EPA’S INTERPRETATION UNREASONABLE BECAUSE IT WOULD BRING ABOUT AN ENORMOUS AND TRANSFORMATIVE EXPANSION IN EPA’S REGULATORY AUTHORITY WITHOUT CLEAR CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION.

    JUSTICE SCALIA DECLARED “We expect Congress to speak clearly if it wishes to assign to an agency decisions of vast ‘economic and political significance,’” he wrote.
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    OBAMA VETOES GOP ATTEMPT TO BLOCK WOTUS WATER RULE

    By Timothy Cama – 01/19/16 07:22 PM EST

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    EPA ‘Waters of U.S.’ Rule Is a Power Grab | National Review

    www.nationalreview.com/article/431134/epa-waters-us-rule-power-grab

    by Rupert Darwall February 11, 2016 4:00 AM. Obama’s power-mad agency claims jurisdiction over land and water use almost everywhere in … EPA, under the Clean Water Act, a statute Congress passed two years after its clean-air sibling. … partially checked, in what has become known as the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).

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    President Trump signed an executive order on February 28, 2017, to roll back the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) promulgated in 2016. The Order is entitled, “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.” It instructs EPA and the Corps to begin the process of a rule-making to withdraw the WOTUS rule, id. at § 2(a), and to take appropriate actions in the courts where the rule is in litigation. Id. § 2(c).

    The Order raises a number of interesting issues. First, it instructs EPA and the Corps to “consider” adopting the Scalia test from Rapanos v. United States, 547 U.S. 715 (2006). Order § 3. Scalia opined in Rapanos that, “the phrase ‘the waters of the United States’ includes only those relatively permanent, standing or continuously flowing bodies of water ‘forming geographic features’ that are described in ordinary parlance as ‘streams[,] . . . oceans, rivers, [and] lakes.’. . . . The phrase does not include channels through which water flows intermittently or ephemerally, or channels that periodically provide drainage for rainfall. . .” 547 U.S. at 739.

    Because Rapanos was a split decision (4–1–4), there is no controlling opinion. The circuit courts, applying the Marks analysis, have concluded that Kennedy’s lone concurring opinion, which focused on the significant-nexus test, is the controlling standard from the case. (A couple of circuits have allowed Kennedy’s or Scalia’s opinion to be used to establish jurisdiction.) All of the circuit courts and almost all of the district courts have rejected the argument that Scalia’s test should be adopted as the sole jurisdictional test. The Supreme Court has denied certiorari numerous times since Rapanos on WOTUS issues, so we have no clarification from the Court on how to interpret the decision.

    IT IS CLEAR WHY THE ADMINISTRATION HAS CHOSEN SCALIA’S TEST—IT IS MORE RESTRICTIVE OF JURISDICTION.

     THAN THE KENNEDY TEST, WHICH EPA AND THE CORPS ADOPTED IN THE WOTUS RULE.

    UNDER THE SCALIA TEST, MOST HEADWATER SYSTEMS—ESPECIALLY IN THE ARID WEST—WOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO  THE CLEAN WATER ACT (CWA) BECAUSE MOST HEADWATER SYSTEMS ARE EPHEMERAL OR INTERMITTENT AND ARE THEREFORE NOT “RELATIVELY PERMANENT WATERS.” HEADWATER SYSTEMS COMPRISE A LARGE PART OF THE NATION’S TRIBUTARY SYSTEM. IN PLACES LIKE ARIZONA EVEN THE MAIN CHANNELS ARE DRY MOST OF THE YEAR AND, THEREFORE, MAY NOT MEET THE SCALIA TEST FOR JURISDICTION.

     

    THE SCALIA TEST WOULD LIKELY ALSO REMOVE MANY OF THE NATIONS’ WETLANDS FROM . EXPANSION IN EPA’S REGULATORY AUTHORITY WITHOUT CLEAR CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION.

     

    AS JUSTICE SCALIA SAID “WE EXPECT CONGRESS TO SPEAK CLEARLY IF IT WISHES TO ASSIGN TO AN AGENCY DECISIONS OF VAST ‘ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE,’”

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    President Trump Issues Executive Order Directing EPA to Review the WOTUS Rule

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    On February 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to review the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) definition of “Waters of the United States”(WOTUS) Rule (the Rule) (80 Fed. Reg. 37054, June 29, 2015). Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule, Executive Order (Feb. 28, 2017) (EO). The EO directs EPA and ACE to review the WOTUS Rule for consistency with the policies set forth in the EO which specifies that “It is in the national interest to ensure that the Nation’s navigable waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and showing due regard for the roles of the Congress and the States under the Constitution.” The EO also directs EPA and ACE to “publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the [WOTUS] rule, as appropriate and consistent with law.”

    Pursuant to the EO, EPA and ACE submitted for publication in the Federal Register, a notification of intention to review and rescind or revise the Rule. Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule, Environmental Protection Agency and Dept. of Defense, Feb. 28, 2017. The notification will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

    THE EO ALSO DIRECTS EPA AND ACE TO CONSIDER INTERPRETING THE TERM “NAVIGABLE WATERS,”IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE OPINION OF JUSTICE SCALIA IN RAPANOS V. UNITED STATES, 547 U.S. 715 (2006). The Rapanos opinion set out two separate standards for CWA jurisdiction. See Rapanos at 715‑718. Justice Scalia, writing for a plurality, determined that the statute should only apply when there is a “continuous surface connection”between “relatively permanent”waters. Id. at 743. Justice Kennedy, on the other hand, determined that jurisdiction should be based on whether a water or wetland possesses “a significant nexus to waters that are or were navigable in fact or that could reasonably be so made.” Id. at 759. Neither standard was supported by a majority, so neither standard has become binding precedent. See Id. at 715-718. Regulators, however, have generally followed Justice Kennedy’s standard,

    AND THUS, A SWITCH TO JUSTICE SCALIA’S STANDARD WOULD REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN INTERPRETATION OF THE JURISDICTIONAL EXTENT OF THE CWA. SEE 80 FED. REG. 37054, 37056, 37060-37061 [WOTUS RULE].


  • 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


  • In An Apparent Shell Game S.2012

    The bill in question is No. S.2012 -the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016

    In an apparent “SHELL GAME” likely intended to disguise a hidden agenda and to confuse the American public, Congress is considering “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS” two versions of S.2012.

    U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK-R) is pushing a massive 792 page Senate Energy bill incorporating more than 393 amendments covering these and other policy areas

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    Polson, Montana –September 14, 2016

    According to nonprofit Western States Constitutional Rights, LLC,

    S.2012 contains VERY harmful tribal government forest management provisions that could severely diminish the constitutionally protected rights of western and rural private property owners throughout the  United States

    In an apparent “SHELL GAME” likely intended to disguise a hidden agenda and to confuse the American public, Congress is considering “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS” two versions of S.2012.

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    Why would the Politico’s establishment of this Congressional Mumbo Jumbo confuse the American public?

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    snippet…

    It is understood that the Senate passed the Murkowski version without forestry measures in April 2016, while the U.S. House of Representatives passed a second version with both forestry and tribal forest management measures in May 2016,namely,H.R. 2647 –the Resilient Federal

    Forests Act of 2015. H.R. 2647 was sponsored by Representative Bruce Westerman (AR-R) and cosponsored by 11 Republicans and 2 Democrats. It seems H.R. 2647 was incorporated within the House version of S.2012 via an amendment adding new Title VII as part of “Division B, Titles I-X”.1 On September 8, 2016, the two versions of House/Senate S.2012 were submitted to a Congressional conference committee to be reconciled for ultimate passage by both chambers and signature into law by President Obama.

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    DON’T WAIT UNTIL S.2012 IS PASSED  BY CONGRESS, LIKE OBAMACARE, TO FIND OUT WHAT’S IN THE NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2016  

    We the People must demand an end to the secrecy, shady backroom deals, and usurpation of our natural and constitutional freedoms and property rights.

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    WELL NOT REALLY…

    WE THE PEOPLE MUST INFORM AMERICAN CITIZENS REGARDING USURPATION’S of  S.2012

    THAN ON NOV 8, 2016 WE THE PEOPLE  VOTE FOR TRUMP.

    AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TRUMP PUTS AN END TO ALL OF THE SECRECY, SHADY BACKROOM DEALS, AND USURPATION OF OUR NATURAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS AND PROPERTY RIGHTS.

    ENDING A MASSIVE  NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT USURPATION’S

    By definition an act of usurping; wrongful or illegal encroachment, infringement, or seizure.

    INCLUDING OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS

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    A UN and tribal takeover? – Canada Free Press

    canadafreepress.com/…/energybillshidden-tribal-forest-management-amp-other-pro

    2 days ago – Hidden provisions in congressional energy bills undermine America’s … of private property owners throughout the United States, the Western States … shared by many citizens throughout the western and rural United States.

     

    By Lawrence Kogan —— Bio and Archives September 17, 2016

    A MASSIVE 792-PAGE SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE BILL THREATENS TO AUTHORIZE FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS TO CEDE EXTENSIVE CONTROL OVER WESTERN STATE WATER AND PROPERTY RIGHTS, ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND FOREST MANAGEMENT TO NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES, LOCAL UN SUSTAINABILITY COUNCILS AND RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALIST GROUPS.

     CERTAIN PROVISIONS COULD UNDERMINE THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR NATION FROM WITHIN OUR NATION.

    S.2012, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, incorporates some 393 amendments. Incredibly, it is being driven forward by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and other members of Congress behind closed doors. Probably very few have read the bill in its entirety. Virtually none understand its likely impacts on western and other rural land, water and property rights, potentially throughout America, or on the families and communities whose lives will be upended.

    This secretive approach—with no opportunities for meaningful public examination or comment, even by those who will be most affected—is almost unprecedented. It could well become another example of “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it.” But numerous people will have to live with the consequences, while the authors and implementers walk away exempted, unscathed and unaccountable.

    The bill’s tribal government forest management provisions are extremely harmful and could severely diminish the constitutionally protected rights of private property owners throughout the United States, the Western States Constitutional Rights consortium emphasizes. Indeed, the pending legislation is itself unconstitutional, as explained in a legal memorandum the consortium sent to 13 members of Congress.

    This Montana-based nonprofit was formed to safeguard the property rights of farmers, ranchers and other land and business owners against reckless federal, state and local government laws, regulations and policies. WSCR members live on or near the Flathead Irrigation Project within the Flathead Indian Reservation, and in other parts of northwestern Montana. But their concerns are widely shared by many citizens throughout the western and rural United States. It has a long, hard road ahead on these issues.

    The apparent “shell game” is likely intended to disguise a hidden agenda and confuse people. In fact, Congress is quietly considering two versions: a Senate-passedMurkowski version without forestry measures and a House of Representatives version with both forestry and tribal forest management measures (H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, sponsored by Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and cosponsored by 11 Republicans and 2 Democrats). Bipartisan chicanery.

    On September 8, the two versions were submitted to a conference committee, to be reconciled so that both chambers can pass a bill and President Obama can sign it into law. The problems are extensive.

    The House/Senate versions’ forestry measures embrace Euro-UN-Agenda 21 sustainable forest management principles, plus United Nations Indigenous Peoples Rights policies that would supersede the U.S. Constitution—while implementing unscientific climate change and sustainability objectives devised by the White House and “Forest Service Strategic Energy Framework.”

    Tribal Forest Management (TFM) provisions in House/Senate S.2012 are more problematic, because they would racially discriminate in favor of Native American tribes. They would do so by using the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to recognize off-reservation aboriginal pre-European land and water rights—where none exist in U.S. law—at the expense of all other Americans’ constitutionally protected private property rights. S.2012s’ TFM provisions would also:

    • Supplant states’ authority and jurisdiction over their natural resources, as recognized by the Tenth Amendment requirement that these resources be held in “public trust” for the benefit of each state’s citizens—including incredibly hard-working western ranchers who put so much food on your table.
    • Enable Native American Tribes to treat “Federal Forest Lands” (including national forests and national parks belonging to all Americans) as “Indian Forest Lands,” merely by establishing that “the Federal forest land is located within, or mostly within, a geographical area that presents a feature or involves circumstances principally relevant to that Indian tribe.” That means a tribe only has to show that the lands are covered by an Indian treaty, are part of a current or former Indian reservation, or were once adjudicated by the former Indian Claims Commission as part of a “tribal homeland.”
    • Provide Native American Tribes near U.S. national forest and park lands with federal “638” contracts to manage, oversee and control such lands and appurtenant water resources for federal regulatory and other purposes, even when they are well beyond the boundaries of Indian reservations.
    • Expand tribal political sovereignty and legal jurisdiction and control, especially over mountainous forest lands—the source of most snowpack and other waters that farmers, ranchers, and even towns and cities rely on for irrigation, drinking and other water needs.
    • Enable tribes to impose new federal fiduciary trust obligations on the U.S. government to protect their religious, cultural and spiritual rights to fish, waters and lands located beyond the boundaries of Indian reservations, by severely curtailing non-tribal members’ constitutionally protected private water and land rights, without paying “just compensation” as required by the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    A recently filed federal lawsuit by the Hoopa Valley Tribe of northern California against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and National Marine Fisheries Service underscores the importance of this so-called federal fiduciary trust obligation. The tribe wants to compel the agencies to protect the tribe’s alleged off-reservation aboriginal pre-European water and fishing rights in southern Oregon’s Klamath River and Upper Klamath Lake—even though their reservation is more than 240 miles southwest of the lake!

    A tribal court victory would severely curtail Klamath irrigators’ ability to exercise their rights to vitally needed water. Northern California’s Yurok Tribe says it will soon file its own lawsuit. A cascade of such legal actions would disrupt or destroy the entire western water rights system.

    Combined with S.3013 (Montana Democrat Senator John Tester’s Salish and Kootenai Water Rights Settlement Act), the TFM provisions would expand and codify into federal law off-reservation aboriginal water and fishing rights that the tribes now claim. That precedent could then be used by other litigious tribes to override water and private property public trust obligations that Montana, Oregon, California and other western states owe their citizens under state constitutions. It could happen throughout America!

    S.2012 would cause even more problems if Congress adds a Wyden-Merkley Amendment that provides federal funding and implementation for the controversial Klamath Basin Agreements Tribal Rights Settlement. That would greatly expand tribal water rights, in violation of U.S. constitutional requirements that any such expansion be pursuant to Congress’s authority to approve or reject interstate compacts or regulate commerce with Indian tribes.

    It would also create a federal and interstate template for greatly diminishing regional—and potentially all irrigators’—state-based private property rights, in favor of Native American tribes. Its proponents have grossly misrepresented the settlement’s alleged benefits and substantially understated the damage it would impose on Klamath Basin residents.

    If S.2012 is enacted into law with the tribal forest management, Wyden-Merkley Amendment and Salish-Kootenai Settlement, Congress will cede control over western and rural lands and waters to Native American tribes in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth, Ninth, Tenth and Fourteenth Amendments.

    This year’s presidential and congressional elections are a referendum on the role and performance of government.

    We the People must demand an end to the secrecy, shady backroom deals, and usurpation of our natural and constitutional freedoms and property rights.

    Congress’ immediate withdrawal or modification of this grotesque omnibus energy bill would be a good first step in this direction.

    Lawrence Kogan is managing principal of The Kogan Law Group, PC of New York, NY and legal counsel to Western States Constitutional Rights, LLC.

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    Just asking?

    Why would the Politico’s establishment of this Congressional Mumbo Jumbo confuse the American public?

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    This West Is OUR West: Uniting Western States – Protecting Our Rights

    thiswestisourwest.com/

    Energy Bill’s Hidden Provisions UndermineS.2012 – the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, which many in Congress … protected rights of western and rural private property owners throughout the United States.

    BREAKING NEWS September 15, 2016

    WESTERN STATES CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, LLC

    PRESS RELEASE

    Energy Bill’s Hidden Provisions Undermine Western and Rural U.S. Property Owners

    The following press release is based on a recently prepared memorandum of law and

    correspondences dispatched to 13 members of Congress explaining the unconstitutionality of pending legislation discussed below

    Polson, Montana – September 14, 2016 –

    Energy and forest management are not generally assumed to be interrelated policies.

    Nevertheless, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK-R) is pushing a massive 792-page Senate Energy bill incorporating more than 393 amendments covering these and other policy areas. The bill in question is No. S.2012 – the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, which many in Congress have not likely read.

    According to nonprofit Western States Constitutional Rights, LLC, S.2012 contains VERY harmful tribal government forest management provisions that could severely diminish the constitutionally protected rights of western and rural private property owners throughout the United States.

    In an apparent “SHELL GAME” likely intended to disguise a hidden agenda and to confuse the American public, Congress is considering BEHIND CLOSED DOORS two versions of S.2012.

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    A shell game is a shell game….. by hook,  by crooks or by the U.S. Congress

    Behind My Back | The “RESTORATION” Shell Game

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/06/09/the-restorationshellgame/

    Jun 9, 2014 – The “RESTORATIONShell Game. A highly convoluted “GAME OF RESTORATION” that is involving the sleight of many, many hands, in which …

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    Read more on Pie N Politics

    News from Klamath Basin Crisis.org

    by Liz Bowen

     

    http://klamathbasincrisis.org/billslaws/2016/Energybillshiddenprovisions091516.pdf

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    Western States Constitutional Rights, LLC is a Montana-based nonprofit entity the mission of which is to promote the protection of private property rights held by western United States property owners against reckless federal, state and local government laws, regulations and policies. Its members are irrigators, landowners and business owners located on or near the Flathead Irrigation Project situated within the Flathead Indian Reservation, and from other areas in northwestern Montana, but their concerns are widely shared by many citizens throughout the western and rural United States.

    All media inquiries should be directed to The Kogan Law Group, P.C., NY, NY, Western States Constitutional Rights, LLC’s legal counsel, at: 212-644-9240.

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    Energy,  forest management  and TRIBES are not generally assumed to be interrelated policies.

    Connecting the dots on  Senator Murkowski….

    Senator  Murkowski  (R) is an active member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and served as Vice Chairman of the Committee during the 110th Congress. She is the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a member of the Committee on Appropriations, She was honored with a Congressional Leadership Award by the National Congress of American Indians


  • Violating Private Property Rights

    THERE’S NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO TRESPASS ON PRIVATE LANDS.

    Federal judge dismisses challenge to Wyoming trespassing law

    “The ends, no matter how critical or important to a public concern, do not justify the means, violating private property rights,” U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl wrote….

    By BEN NEARY Associated Press Updated Jul 7, 2016

    CHEYENNE — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from groups that challenged Wyoming laws prohibiting trespassing on private lands to collect data.

    Groups including the Western Watersheds Project, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Press Photographers Association sued Wyoming last year.

    The groups claimed state laws prohibiting trespassing to collect data were unconstitutional. The groups said the laws, which allowed both civil penalties and criminal prosecution, would block people from informing government regulators about such things as violations of water quality rules and illegal treatment of animals.

    U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper dismissed the groups’ lawsuit Wednesday, ruling there’s no constitutional right to trespass on private lands.

    “The ends, no matter how critical or important to a public concern, do not justify the means, violating private property rights,” Skavdahl wrote.

    Skavdahl last winter expressed concerns about earlier versions of the laws, which the Wyoming Legislature had passed early last year. The earlier versions sought to prohibit collection of data on “open lands,” a term Skavdahl said could be stretched to cover more than just private property.

    In response to Skavdahl’s criticism, the Wyoming Legislature earlier this year revised the laws to specify they only applied to trespassing to collect data on private lands.

    Gov. Matt Mead on Thursday said he was pleased with Skavdahl’s dismissal of the groups’ lawsuit.

    “There has been a lot of misinformation about the intent of this law,” Mead said. “The judge’s ruling affirms that the issue at the heart of the matter is preserving private property rights — a fundamental right in our country.”

    David Muraskin, a lawyer representing Western Watersheds and the National Press Photographers Association, said Thursday that his clients are disappointed with Skavdahl’s ruling and are considering whether to appeal.

    Federal judge dismisses challenge to Wyoming trespassing law

    trib.com/…/federaljudgedismisseschallenge-to-wyomingtrespa

    Casper Star‑Tribune 2 days ago – CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Wyoming laws that prohibit trespassing on private lands to

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    FEB 18, 2013

    WDFW Constitutional Trespass?

    WDFW TRESPASS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

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    OCT 21, 2014

    Behind My Back | Presumed to be Constitutional?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/10/21/presumed-to-be-constitutional/

    Oct 21, 2014 – This is the PRESUMED law of the LAND in WA STATE. Goggle it for … This is PRESUMED TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL BY THE AG. You live in …

    Presumed to be Constitutional?

    This is WA State Law RCW 77.12.154

    These “STATE  EMPLOYEES” may enter upon “ANY LAND” or waters and remain there while performing their duties without liability for trespass.

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    The US Government has taken the position that they can do anything that they want, where ever they want whenever they want. Remember the Olympic Peninsula Electronic Warfare Project? And, they got away with it until “We the People” demanded Due Process.

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    Who Knew? About this is WA State Law RCW 77.12.154

    It took me two months, with the help of an attorney,  to find this  WA State Law, it was buried under the  “Right of entry”  Aircraft operated by department.

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    When I told people about the law, they wouldn’t believe me. They said

    They can’t do that on my “PRIVATE PROPERTY” without my permission, without probable cause, without a search warrant.

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     You want to bet the government can’t do it on your private property?

    I have the documentation of hundreds of these incidences.

    In fact it is documented that FROM APRIL 21, 2010   TO FEB. 5, 2011 WDFW did knowingly trespass on every piece of private property AROUND LAKE SUTHERLAND, And on every piece of private property from Lake Sutherland down and on both sides of Indian Creek to the Elwha River.

     Indeed, They have been doing it and they are going to keep doing it, and keep doing  it until “We the People” demanded Constitutional Due Process.

    “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”

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    This is the PRESUMED law of the LAND in WA STATE.
    Goggle it for yourself…
    CHAPTER 77.12 RCW POWERS AND DUTIES

     THE 2011 Response from WA State Attorney General’s office
    ANY RCW, LAW PASSED BY WA STATE LEGISLATORS IS PRESUMED TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL

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    THINK ABOUT THIS?

    When They Came In WA. State

    This is  PRESUMED TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL BY THE AG

    You live in an isolated area…. on 20 acres of private property…you are home alone…. you are a senior citizen… your husband is gone….you look out your kitchen window…… there is a strange man walking around in your back yard…. he has walked several blocks into your private property, on your private road…
    With your husband gone…. what should you do?

    IT HAPPENED TO MY (removed for privacy)   WHAT DID SHE DO?

    SHE OWNS A GUN…

    She went outside and confronted the TRESPASSER. “This is private property” “What are you doing here?”

    The strangers response (he did not identify himself) was “I just wanted to see where this stream came from.”

    She told him, “This is private property” and asked him to get off of her land.

    So if you see some unknown guy, anytime, anywhere, A TOTAL stranger wandering around and trespassing IN YOUR BACKYARD, on your private property?

    Without your permission, without probable cause and without a search warrant?

    WHAT WILL YOU DO?

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    THIS IS PRESUMED TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL?

    WA STATE EMPLOYEES? that do not wear a uniform? do not identify themselves? use your private road for access,  go sniffing  around in their official capacity, inspecting your 20 acres of private property, and  invading your privacy  in your own  back yard?

    This is the PRESUMED law of the land in WA STATE? AND AMERICA?

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    PRESUMED TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL?

    RCW 77.12.154
    Right of entry
    — Aircraft operated by department.
    The director, fish and wildlife officers, ex officio fish and wildlife officers, and department employees may enter upon ANY LAND or waters and remain there while performing their duties without liability for trespass.

    It is lawful for aircraft operated by the department to land and take off from the beaches or waters of the state.
    [1998 c 190 § 71; 1983 1st ex.s. c 46 § 19; 1955 c 12 § 75.08.160. Prior: 1949 c 112 § 13; Rem. Supp. 1949 § 5780-212. Formerly RCW 75.08.160.]
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    WA State law RCW77.12.154
    WDFW employees may enter upon ANY LAND or waters and remain there while performing their duties without liability for trespass.

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    THE 2011 Response from WA State Attorney General’s office
    ANY RCW LAW PASSED BY WA STATE LEGISLATORS IS PRESUMED TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL

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    And, When THEY Came  to Clallam County In WA State.

    This is the documented chronological order of the CLALLAM COUNTY TRESPASS

    PART (1)  FROM APRIL 21, 2010   TO FEB. 5, 2011 AND WHAT I DID

    DOCUMENT… DOCUMENT… DOCUMENT…

    In fact documented, in 2010, WDFW did trespass on every piece of property AROUND LAKE SUTHERLAND, And on every piece of private property from Lake Sutherland down and on both sides of Indian Creek to the Elwha River
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    Sent: Saturday, February 05, 2011 6:38 PM
    Subject: UPDATE ON CRIMINAL TRESPASS CHARGES

    I have the following as evidence of, under Washington State RCW criminal trespass by the Dept. of fisheries and the Dept. of Transportation,

    1. A phone call on 4/21/10 from John Marrs at Lake Sutherland, asking me about the two trespassers on the Rains Sr. Trust land.
    When they were asked, who they were, they identified themselves as DFW employees. (My journals have been kept since 1999 and are admissible in court).

    2. A copy of my email date 4/21/10 to Penny Warren at the DFW regarding the trespassers.

    3. Penny Warrens DFW return e-mail to me regarding the trespassers on Rains Sr. Trust land dated 4/21/10, indicating that they were DFW employees, under contract by the DOT. She gave me the phone number for Dave Collins.

    4. A documented phone message left for Dave Collins WSDOT on 4/21/10 requesting that he call me.(my journals)

    5. A documented phone call from on 4/23/10 from Dave Collins WSDOT admitting that, (My journals) THE WSDOT WAS INSPECTING THE CULVERTS ON HIGHWAY 101 FOR FISH PASSAGE

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    10/20/14 Added for clarification

     RCW 77.12.755

    Ranked inventory of fish passage barriers.

    In coordination with the department of natural resources and lead entity groups, the department

    MUST ESTABLISH A RANKED INVENTORY OF FISH PASSAGE BARRIERS ON LAND OWNED BY SMALL FOREST LANDOWNERS

    based on the principle of fixing the worst first within a watershed consistent with the fish passage priorities of the forest and fish report.

    THE DEPARTMENT SHALL FIRST GATHER AND SYNTHESIZE ALL AVAILABLE EXISTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE LOCATIONS AND IMPACTS OF FISH PASSAGE BARRIERS IN WASHINGTON.

    This information must include, but not be limited to, the most recently available limiting factors analysis conducted pursuant to RCW 77.85.060(2), the stock status information contained in the department of fish and wildlife salmonid stock inventory (SASSI), the salmon and steelhead habitat inventory and assessment project (SSHIAP), and any comparable science-based assessment when available.

    The inventory of fish passage barriers must be kept current and at a minimum be updated by the beginning of each calendar year.

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    My comment UNDER THE INTERAGENCY CONTRACT BETWEEN WSDOT AND WDFW, WDFW WAS CONTRACTED TO REPEAT THESE TRESPASSES EVERY YEAR FOR 10 YEARS.

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    NOTHING IN THIS SECTION GRANTS THE DEPARTMENT OR OTHERS ADDITIONAL RIGHT OF ENTRY ONTO PRIVATE PROPERTY.

    [2003 c 311 § 10.]

    Notes:Findings — Effective date — 2003 c 311: See notes following RCW

    Active Interagency Agreements – Washington Department of …

    wdfw.wa.gov/…/contracts/i

    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Jun 1, 2014 – 14-1109. 2014 WDFW-Quileute MOU Forage Fish … 10-1040.

    Anadromous Fish Agreement & Habitat Conservation Plan …

    Beaver Creek Intake Passage & Screening Construction …..

    Data Sharing Agreement Between DOL & DFW ….. MOA w/WSDOT

    on Hydraulic Projects, Fish Passage, CED Program.  

    Continuing, the call on 4/23/10 from Dave Collins WSDOT admitting that,

    yes, they were DFW employees,
    yes, they were doing the mapping under contract to the DOT,
    yes, they were mapping our unnamed stream/tributary into Lake Sutherland.
    yes, they had put a biodegradable white tape in our stream,
    yes, they had taken water samples….

    When I asked Dave Collins WSDOT why as Trustee of the Rains Sr. Trust I had not been contacted for permission?

    Why DFW was not required to notify and get permission like Skagit County?

    His response was, “Well, we can’t just contact/notify every little land owner”.

    I informed him that on 4/21/10 DFW was trespassing on 291 acres of Rains Sr. Trust land.

    Read the full text on behind my back.org.

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    The bottom line…

    THERE’S NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO TRESPASS ON PRIVATE LANDS.

    “The ends, no matter how critical or important to a public concern, do not justify the means, violating private property rights,” U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl wrote….

    By BEN NEARY Associated Press Updated Jul 7, 2016


  • Obama’s 1.8 Million Acre Public Land Grab

    Obama’s 1.8 Million Acre Public Land Grab

    IN MAR 3, 2015 – NEARLY HALF OF THE WEST WAS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    Obama’s new 2016 MONUMENTAL, monuments LAND grab will almost double the amount of land Obama has already Grabbed from “We the People” of the United States of America
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    Divided Lands: State vs. Federal Management in the West …

    www.perc.org/articles/divided-lands-state-vs-federal-management-west
    MAR 3, 2015 – NEARLY HALF OF THE WEST IS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. In this … to replace the failing public land system, this study is required reading.”.

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    GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT OR MISMANAGEMENT?

    U.S. Code: Title 43 – PUBLIC LANDS | US Law | LII / Legal

    www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/43
    Legal Information Institute

    U.S. Code: Title 43PUBLIC LANDS … LAND MANAGEMENT (§§ 1 to 25) · CHAPTER 2 – UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (§§ 31 to 50d) · CHAPTER …
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    This brings the total land and WATER Obama has unilaterally Grabbed UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES ACT to about 265 million acres, far more than any previous president.

    After Obama had already grabbed 1,142,036 acres of public land? And provided recreational opportunities as defined under Wild Olympics, Wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers?

    Republicans slam Obama’s latest ‘land grab’ – Washington …

    www.washingtontimes.com/…/obama-designates-…
    The Washington Times

    Jul 10, 2015 – Obama’s designation of monuments just anotherland grab,’ … than 1 million acres in California, Texas, and Nevada, designating the land as …

    THE DESIGNATIONS FREQUENTLY ANGER CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, WHO SAY HE IS ABUSING HIS POWER AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF CONGRESS AND STATE LEGISLATURES.

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    THESE WILD DESIGNATIONS FREQUENTLY PROVOKE AMERICAN CITIZENS.

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/
    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.
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    A MILLION HERE… A MILLION THERE …

    Obama grabs another million acres of land for ‘monuments’

    www.americanthinker.com/…/obama_grabs_another_…
    American Thinker
    Jul 11, 2015 – Obama grabs another million acres of land for ‘monuments’ … More than 330,000 acres have also been set aside for a monument at Berryessa …
    RECREATION OR OTHER TYPES OF LAND-USE ACTIVITIES SHOULD HAVE AS MUCH LOCAL INPUT …

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    REALLY BIG WORLD THINGS THAT PROVOKE AMERICAN CITIZENS

    WOW… Feb. 2016 OBAMA’S almost infamous (well known for some bad quality or deed). for the world’s second largest Public land grab, since Public land grabbing by the government started.

    With 3 new monuments, Obama creates world’s second …

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/…/with-3new-…

    The Washington Post

    3 days ago – President Obama declared three national monuments in Southern California on Friday, creating the world’s second-largest desert preserve and …

    united-states.world-news.online/…/with-3-new-monuments-obama-create…
    3 days ago – Celebrating the California Desert National Monument. The year 2015 was full of … The Latest: Obama move protects 1.8m acres of Calif. desert … NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Obama sets aside sweeping Calif. desert lands.

    Our Public Land Heritage: From the GLO to the BLM

    www.blm.gov/…/public…/history/…/Our_P…
    Bureau of Land Management
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    1785 – Land Ordinance allows settlement of public domain lands and …. Act preserves and protects prehistoric, HISTORIC, AND SCIENTIFICALLY SIGNIFICANT SITES ON PUBLIC …. RESOURCES PROTECTION ACT REQUIRES PERMITS FOR EXCAVATION OR REMOVAL OF THESE.

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    Biggest WORLD GRABS that provoke American citizens

    World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After …

    HISTORIC PLACES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK SCIENTIFICALLY SIGNIFICANT SITES

    HISTORIC PLACES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    15 Elwha River Hydroelectric Power Plant
    Elwha River Hydroelectric Power Plant
    December 15, 1988
    (#88002741)
    N end of Lake Aldwell
    48°05′42″N 123°33′18″W
    Port Angeles
    18 Glines Canyon Hydroelectric Power Plant
    Glines Canyon Hydroelectric Power Plant
    December 15, 1988
    (#88002742)
    N end of Lake Mills at Elwha River
    48°00′11″N 123°35′54″W
    Port Angeles

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    Our Public Land Heritage: From the GLO to the BLM

    The document is only 27 pages of how the federal government turned
    The GLOW of the Act Establishing Yellowstone National Park (1872) – Our ..

    AS A PUBLIC PARK OR PLEASURING GROUND FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE. INTO A OBAMA’S PERSONAL AGENDA. grabbing of our public land for conservation and protection under federal lands.
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    Little things that provoke the AMERICAN CITIZENS

    Did You Know? You cannot fish from “FISHING BRIDGE” in Yellowstone park?

    The Fishing Bridge was historically a tremendously popular place to fish.

    Until 1973 this was a very popular fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area.
    IT IS NOW A POPULAR PLACE TO OBSERVE FISH.

    Frequently Asked Questions: Fishing Bridge and Lake Village

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    Our Public Land Heritage: From the GLO to the BLM

    FROM GLOW TO GLO THE DOCUMENTED HISTORY BLOW BY BLOW
    From the purpose and intent of Historic Acts of the U.S. congress to…
    OBAMA’S ABUSE OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS etal.
    ACTING WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF CONGRESS AND STATE LEGISLATURES.
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    1872- Establishment of Yellowstone National Park A PUBLIC PARK OR PLEASURING GROUND FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE.
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    1889 – THE ENABLING ACT (not mentioned in this history lesson)

    Behind My Back | The ENABLING ACT February 22, 1889

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/…/the-enabling-act-february-22-1889/
    Mar 9, 2014 – Way back then, the Federal Government and the elected representative gave to and enabled American citizens, they made donations of public …
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    1906 – Antiquities Act preserves and protects prehistoric, historic, and scientifically significant sites on public lands and creates national monuments.

    1911 – Weeks Act permits the federal purchase of private land to protect the headwaters of rivers and watersheds and calls for cooperative fire protection efforts.

    1916 -Stock Raising Homestead Act authorizes homesteads of 640 acres and separates surface rights from subsurface (mineral) rights.

    1926 -Recreation and Public Purposes Act allows conveyance or lease of public lands to state and local governments for outdoor recreation purposes

    Recreation and Public Purposes Act

    Outdoor Recreation Legislation
    https://workforce.calu.edu/confer/…/OutdoorRecreationLegislationI.htm
    Recreation and Public Purposes Act of 1926 … purposes. 21. Watershed-Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 http://laws.fws.gov/lawsdigest/watrshd.html.

    1934 -Taylor Grazing Act authorizes grazing districts, grazing regulation, and public rangeland improvements in western states (excluding Alaska) and establishes the Division of Grazing (later renamed the U.S. Grazing Service) within the Department of the Interior

    Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 – Bureau of Land Management

    1937 -Oregon and California (O&C) Revested Lands Sustained Yield Management Act requires O&C Railroad lands to be managed for permanent forest production and provides for watershed protection,
    regulation of streamflow, and recreational facilities.

    1942-Extensive withdrawals of public lands for military and defense use begin, with more than 13 million acres withdrawn in 2 years.

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    1946-Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is established within the Department of the Interior through the consolidation of the General Land Office and the U.S. Grazing Service.

    BLM – The Bureau of Land Management

    www.blm.gov/
    Bureau of Land Management

    The Bureau of Land Management administers 264 million acres of public lands, located primarily in the 12 Western States, containing natural, historical, cultural, …

    Grazing Service + General Land Office = Bureau of Land Management

    General Land Office-To handle the rapidly growing public land business,
    Congress created the GLO in 1812. The GLO handled all public land issues, including sales, patents and land entries. Surveyors were sent out with tools of the trade to record in their notebooks all mines, salt licks, salt springs, mill sites, water courses and the quality of the lands. This information helped purchasers and homesteaders make informed decisions about the lands offered.

    Grazing Service- With westward expansion came increases in livestock
    grazing and deteriorating rangelands. Between 1870 and 1900, the number
    of beef cows tripled, and the number of sheep quadrupled. The sheer
    numbers of livestock, combined with drought in the early 1930s, set the
    stage for the development of a new government agency. With the passage of the Taylor Grazing Act in 1934, Congress established the Grazing Service to manage public land grazing

    Bureau of Land Management-On July 16, 1946, the GLO and the Grazing Service merged and became the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of Interior. Eventually, the era of homesteaders and land sales passed.

    Today, the BLM manages land under the principle of “multiple use” to allow all citizens the opportunity to use and enjoy public lands.

    In addition, the BLM now has the National Landscape Conservation System-whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore nationally significant landscapes, which include many of the great American western landscapes.

    Original land surveys and settlement records, still managed by the BLM, help tell the rich history of the American West.

    1953-Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to lease mineral lands more than 3 miles offshore; the BLM assumes responsibility for leasing through competitive sales. Oil well operation

    Recreation & Public Purposes Act

    Feb 11, 2014 – Recognizing the strong public need for a nationwide system of parks and other recreational and public purposes areas, the Congress, in 1954, …

    1954-Recreation and Public Purposes Act amends the 1926 act and allows the sale and lease of public lands for other purposes in addition to recreation
    Recreation and Public Purposes Act
    www.blm.gov/…/recreation_and_public.ht…
    Bureau of Land Management

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    43 U.S. Code § 869 – Disposal of lands for public or ..

    www.law.cornell.edu › … › Chapter 20
    Legal Information Institute
    43 U.S. Code § 869 – Disposal of lands for public or recreational purposes … Lands so classified may not be appropriated under any other public land law unless the Secretary revises such … 741; June 4, 1954, ch. … section 869–2 of this title] may be cited as the ‘Recreation and Public Purposes Amendment Act of 1988’.”.

    1954-The BLM reorganizes and creates a state office system.

    1955-Multiple Surface Use Act withdraws common varieties of minerals from entry as mining claims and allows claim owners to use the surface for mining operation purposes only.

    1959- Wild Horse Protection Act prohibits the roundup of wild horses by aircraft and motor vehicles.

    1960- Public Land Administration Act allows the use of donations and cooperative agreements to improve and better manage public lands.

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    The Public Land Law Review Commission (PLLRC), 1964 …

    is established to study public land laws and make long-term recommendations for public land use.

    One third of the Nation’s land; a report to the President and …

    leg.mt.gov/…/Committees/…/one-third-of-nation.pdf
    Montana Legislature

    We submit with pride the report of the Public Land Law Review Commission with our ….. 43 U.S.C. 5§ 1391-1400 (1964) as amended, (Supp. TV,. 1969). IX …

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    1964-Wilderness Act protects undeveloped federal land to preserve its natural condition.

    1964-The BLM adopts a new logo

    1965-Land and Water Conservation Fund is established for federal acquisition of outdoor recreation areas.

    1966-National Historic Preservation Act expands protection of prehistoric and historic properties.
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    ARE YOU AS SHOCKED AS I AM? Who knew that our Elwha River and Glines Canyon Hydroelectric power plants were placed on the National Register of HISTORIC PLACES listings in Clallam County, Washington on Dec 15, 1988?
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    1968 -Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails System Acts preserve sites with outstanding natural, cultural, scenic, historic, and recreational significance

    National Wild and Scenic Rivers – Bureau of Land …

    www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/…/Rivers.html
    Bureau of Land Management

     The Act provides three levels of protection: wild, scenic, and recreational. “Wildrivers are free of dams, generally inaccessible except by trail, and … river miles and approximately 1,001,358 acres (19% of the national system).

    1968 -Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails System Acts preserve sites with outstanding natural, cultural, scenic, historic, and recreational significance

    National Trails System – National Park Service

    www.nps.gov/nts/
    National Park Service

    The National Trails System is… …the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for …

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    1968-Johnny Horizon program promotes public awareness of BLM
    administered lands

    OK, so the Poster Child for environmentalists is Johnny Horizon
    This land is your land This land is my land

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    Today is Feb.15, 2016

    LET’S START HERE… 48 YEARS LATER

    HOW MANY ACRES OF LAND IN THE USA?
    Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data – Federation of …
    2.27 billion acres of land in the United States. Dec 29, 2014
    The federal government owns roughly 640 million acres, about 28%

    AFTER 48 YEARS OF FEDERAL INDIAN GIVING

    By definition an Indian giver is an American expression to describe a person who gives a gift and later wants it back

    WHO’S LAND IS WHO’S

    HOW MANY DESIGNATED KINDS OF LANDS ARE THERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

    Hmmm?
    This would take several postings on my website.

    This land is your land This land is my land

    Just asking?  Just saying..

    For future reference, legal definition, legal ownership, future mitigation, legal action, when is a taking a taking by imminent domain, by restrictions and regulation, by willing seller, by coercing, threatening, bulling,  intimidation, destroying…

    when is a taking a taking? WHO’S LAND IS WHO’S

    This land is your land “YOUR PRIVATE PROPERTY” I shall not trespass on your land.
    This land is my land “MY PRIVATE PROPERTY” You shall not trespass on my land.

    This public land NPS, is your/our million acres of land, in the Olympic National Park.
    THIS INHOLDER’S LAND IS MY PRIVATE LAND INSIDE THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    This land is your TRIBAL land…. It is special land.
    This WOTUS LAND, THE ENTIRE LAND IS WETLAND

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    IN MAR 3, 2015 – NEARLY HALF OF THE WEST WAS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    Obama’s new 2016 MONUMENTAL, monuments LAND grab will almost double the amount of land Obama has already Grabbed from “We the People” of the United States of America
    1968- 2016 THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND THIS LAND IS MY LAND

    IN THE SHAD MY PEOPLE
    BY THE RELIEF OFFICE
    I SEEN MY PEOPLE
    AS THEY STOOD THERE HUNGRY
    I STOOD THERE ASKING
    IS THIS LAND MADE FOR YOU AND ME?

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    Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act (1992

    JANUARY 3, 1992 H.R.4844 AN ACT TO RESTORE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK AND THE ELWHA RIVER ECOSYSTEM AND FISHERIES IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON.

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    2014 World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After …

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    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/20151123/…/311…
    Peninsula Daily News

    Nov 22, 2015 – About PDN … The river rose to 23.19 feet on Nov. 17 during a heavy rainstorm that produced 5.6 inches of rain on that date in the … “The washout was caused by a flooded side channel,” Maynes said Sunday. … 2015 7:08PM.

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    Behind My Back | Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/01/…/go-findyourparkcomefixmyro

    Jan 28, 2016 – DEC 12, 2015 COME FIX MY ROAD REQUEST TO MY WA DC ELECTED REPS …. permalink. « Go Find Your Park ONP History Camp Louella …

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    Feb 14, 2016 Elwha: Roaring back to life

    The Seattle Times2 days ago

    ROARING RESURGENCE – The Seattle Times


  • Find Your Park History Camp Elwha CCC 935

    My park is the Olympic National Park

    FIND YOUR PARKS PAST

    1933-1942 CCC CAMPS IN WA STATE
    May 21, 1933, Project F-17, Co. #935 CAMP ELWHA,

    Things happen that should always be remembered

    After over 40 hours of researching on the CCC Camps Legacy in my park, the Olympic National Park, I have found the “KEY” for documenting and identifying WA State and Clallam County CCC CAMPS.
    I started here.

    Olympic NP: Historic Resource Study (Chapter 5)

    www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online…/hrs/chap5.htm
    National Park Service Oct 1, 2009 – Three of these programs had a paramount influence on the early development of Olympic National Park: The Civilian Conservation Corps …National Park Service
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    Found this…
    ON 10 JUNE 1933 the PORT ANGELES EVENING NEWS (PAEN) devoted headline space and several columns to describing the establishment of the ELWHA CAMP, known as F-17:

    F-17 935 5/21/1933 Seattle Port Angeles
    Project Co. Date Railroad Post Office Location

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    Feb 2, 2016 documentation finally found here

    CCC Camp Lists – CCC Legacy

    Historic Index of Camp Listings by State
    1933-1942 CCC CAMPS IN WA STATE
    May 21, 1933, Project F-17, Co. #935 CAMP ELWHA,

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    The completer list of historic CCC CAMPS IN WA STATE can be found here
    Feb 2, 2016

    Find Your Park? 1933 WA State CCC Camps – Behind My …

    Posted on February 2, 2016 12:20 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett
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    Find Your Park – Centennial (U.S. National Park Service)

    GO FIND YOUR PARKS PAST…
    Find Your Park Things happen that should always be remembered?
    Find Your Park SHARE YOUR PARKS STORY..
    SHARE YOUR PARKS HISTORY.INSPIRE SOMEONE ELSE…..
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    Olympic NP: Historic Resource Study (Chapter 5)

    Unedited text for CAMP ELWHA

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    NOTE Camp Elwha was incorrectly identified as the 936th company, on 10 June 1933, in the Port Angeles Evening News ,
    F-74 936 5/11/1934 Hoquiam Humptulips Hoquiam 30 mi N

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    The Civilian Conservation Corps
    Olympic NP: Historic Resource Study (Chapter 5)
    Camp Elwha. Among the most active CCC camps within the present Olympic National Park was Camp Elwha, located on a gently sloping hillside several hundred yards south of the present Elwha Ranger Station. As one of the first CCC camps established on the north Olympic Peninsula, the arrival of the “forest army” on the Elwha River aroused great interest among local residents. On 10 June 1933 the Port Angeles Evening News devoted headline space and several columns to describing the establishment of the Elwha Camp, known as F-17:
    Two hundred and twenty strong, the 936th company Civilian Conservation Corps of the United States is in camp on “My Rose” creek up the Elwha canyon, within a stone’s throw of the soldiers’ bridge—and taking part in the greatest single government venture these parts have glimpsed since spruce division days of the world war. . . . In a tented city now, the “new forestry army” is rapidly completing a modern and elaborate camp headquarters in a clearing between Griff and My Rose creeks. On the site, 100,000 board feet of lumber is rapidly taking shape in the form of barracks, headquarters buildings, infirmary, dining hall, store room, camp exchange, etc., and District Forester Vallad announced today that construction would also begin immediately on a bunkhouse, warehouse and oil storage plant for the regular Forest Service (PAEN 1933, 10 June).
    The work program outlined for both the main Elwha Camp and the side camp at Slab Camp in the hills southeast of Port Angeles included the construction of roads from the Elwha Ranger Station to Hayes River (on the Elwha River); from Danz Ranch at the forest boundary to Deer Park lookout, to Ennis Creek Ranger Station, and then to the Lost Mountain Road; and from the Little River Road to Ennis Creek Ranger Station. Work plans also called for the widening and straightening of the Olympic (Boulder Creek) Hot Springs Road plus the improvement of several campgrounds (PAEN 1933, 10 June).
    A month later, in mid July, the tents at the Elwha CCC Camp were gone and the headquarters for the 180-man company had taken on the look of permanence. Added to the original cluster of camp buildings were four 104 x 22 foot barracks structures, a mess hall, an administration building, a bathhouse with a “Niagara Falls” shower and ancillary workshops and storage buildings. Road projects were also proceeding with haste. By mid July, one and one-half miles of road were completed to Glines Canyon, and road crews were pushing toward Heart O’the Hills. The local press noted, “The road jobs now being carried forward by the CCC crews in the Elwha forest district will effect improvements of vital importance to [the] protection of Olympic timber from fire” (PAEN 1933, 19 July).
    The morale of the first recruitment of Elwha CCC enrollees was exceptionally high. According to journalistic accounts, every member of the fledgling camp claimed that “Elwha camp has the finest crew of any in the country” (PAEN 1933, 19 July). In the early months of operation, there were reportedly few withdrawals; the men were healthy and spirits exuberant. One reason for this initial good spirit at the Elwha Camp may be attributed to the high percentage of enrollees from Clallam County, Seattle, and Bellingham, Washington. These men were fairly familiar and comfortable with the surroundings (PAEN 1933, 19 July). Unlike many CCC camps across the country that consisted of men transported great distances to their place of assignment, the early Elwha CCC camp was comprised of men almost exclusively from western Washington.
    At the end of the first six month recruitment period, the esprit de corps continued to remain high as demonstrated by the great percentage of reenlistments and the reported accomplishments of the company. In late September 1933, the Port Angeles Evening News stated:
    What is believed to be a probable record for Civilian Conservation Corps units in Washington is reported from the C.C.C. Camp on the Elwha river, where 91 per cent of the present force has re-enrolled for the second six month’s work period starting in October. . . . This is [sic] an exceptional mark! It indicates how the C.C.C. men and boys of the Elwha feel toward their camp and the opportunity the corps has given them to earn their living and help their families financially, in addition, corps leaders feel (PAEN 1933, 21 September).
    Road building projects, which was to be the major thrust of Camp Elwha’s energies, continued unabated. By mid September 1933, a five-mile section of “truck trail” was completed up the Elwha River to Wolf Creek. A second major project involving road connections with the CCC Slab Camp/Danz Ranch, was likewise pushing forward (PAEN 1933, 21 September). Far from any roads, the CCC undertook the construction of a four-horse, shake-sided barn at Elkhorn Ranger Station during the summer of 1933 (UW 1934, 20 August).
    By early 1934, twenty-two miles of road were completed by the Elwha CCC crews. A small crew was about to begin widening the road to Olympic (Boulder Creek) Hot Springs. Fifty men, still located at the Danz Ranch side camp, worked on roads to Deer Park and to Ennis Creek. A newly established side camp at Heart O’the Hills had thirty-five men engaged in building a thoroughfare from Heart O’the Hills to Coleman’s Ranch on the Little River. The road building projects accomplished by the crews from Camp Elwha aimed at providing the Forest Service with “a continuous roadway from the Elwha River to Slab Camp and the Deer Park region by way of Little River, Mount Angeles and Ennis creek” (PAEN 1934, 6 January). New telephone connections that eventually followed this route, plus the roads themselves, were principally for fire protection purposes.
    At the outset of 1934 other projects, in addition to the construction of roads, were in progress or planned. These projects included the installation of a water and light system at the Elwha CCC Camp, and the construction of a new Ennis Creek Guard Station on the Mount Angeles Road near Heart O’the Hills. In addition, work on public campgrounds on the Elwha River at Lake Mills, Whiskey Bend and Altaire, was planned (PAEN 1934, 6 January).
    Civilian Conservation Corps camps typically were located and relocated depending on the priority of work projects in a particular geographic area. Under the direction of the Forest Service, CCC camps and side camps on the Olympic National Forest were moved on several occasions during the 1930s. One year after the establishment of CCC Camp Elwha, orders were issued to abandon the campsite and relocate to a site seven and one-half miles north of Humptulips in the southern end of the Olympic Peninsula. (CCC Camp Snider, west of Lake Crescent, and Camp Twin, on the Strait of Juan de Fuca coast, west of Port Angeles, also shifted their companies in 1934.) While the corpsmen at Elwha made preparation for their move to Humptulips

    in May, other CCC crews from the Louella CCC Camp near Sequim, took over completion of the road to Deer Park (PAEN 1934, 3 April). In recognition of the efforts of the CCC in completing the winding Deer Park Road, it became known as “The Highway of the CCC” (Carroll 1973, 103).
    The phase out of CCC Camp Elwha was only temporary. In late September 1934 official announcement came from the Forest Service regional office in Portland, Oregon, that the abandoned but intact Elwha Camp (as well as the Snider and Twin Camps) would be restored to activity in October that year. During the winter months of 1934 and 1935, the Elwha CCC Camp was among fifteen National Forest Service camps in the state of Washington (PAEN 1934, 24 September).
    For three years in the late 1930s Camp Elwha was used only at intervals as a small side camp (PAEN 1937, 16 July). Only sporadically CCC corpsmen continued to undertake projects on Forest Service land in the vicinity of the Elwha River drainage.

    In the spring of 1935 “improvements” were made to both the Elwha and Altaire public campgrounds. Betterments at these two campgrounds included work on roads, trails, camping spots, the installation of water pipes, playground equipment, horse-shoe courts for adults, and the construction of sturdy, open-sided community kitchens.

    The Port Angeles Evening News exuded enthusiasm in its description of the improvements at Altaire Campground made by the CCC: “There’s a splendid community kitchen, of rustic design, with a concrete floor and two 54-inch stoves built of rock and cement. There are long tables beside the kitchen and about the grounds are 17 tables and sufficient stoves, all constructed of stone, to take care of as many parties as the tables accommodate” (PAEN 1935, 27 March).
    The Elwha and Altaire community kitchens, in 1983, are the only two remaining CCC structures of this type in Olympic National Park. Built of natural peeled logs, shakes and masonry, the rustic materials and careful proportioning of these structures blend well with their immediate natural surroundings.

    The Elwha and Altaire community kitchens are representative examples of rustic style architecture, which became a hallmark of the CCC throughout the country (Throop 1979, 58).
    When a large contingency of CCC enrollees transferred from Camp Snider several miles west of Lake Crescent, to Camp Elwha in the spring of 1937, additional campground development was undertaken at Olympic (Boulder Creek) Hot Springs, Deer Park and Ennis Creek, at the base of Mount Angeles.

    In addition CCC crews made further improvements to the Olympic Hot Springs Road

    and the Hurricane Ridge Road. Work crews at Deer Park, an Elwha side camp, pursued work on a new ski run and completed an addition to the Deer Park Camp building to accommodate winter ski parties (PAEN 1937, 21 April; 16 July).
    During the CCC’s tenure at Camp Elwha several changes and additions were made by corpsmen to the existing Forest Service Elwha Ranger Station buildings. Eleven buildings stood at the ranger station site at the time the CCC established their camp nearby in 1933. Among the first projects undertaken by the Elwha CCC enrollees was the construction of a porch on the main ranger station building (PAEN 1933, 19 July). Two years later, in 1935, the ranger station was moved slightly, an addition was constructed and landscaping around the ranger station completed (PAEN 1935, 27 March). During the mid 1930s, corpsmen from the Elwha Camp worked on other projects at the ranger station. On Griff Creek, separating the CCC camp from the ranger station, CCC men built a water wheel to furnish electricity to the ranger station office and ranger residence (PAEN 1934, 21 March). Near the ranger station office, an incinerator was constructed for burning refuse from the CCC camp and public campgrounds in the area. The erection of the gas, oil and grease rack building in the utility area represented the largest outlay of CCC manpower and money at the Elwha Ranger Station (PAEN 1935, 27 March). It is the only building built totally by CCC labor in the ranger station complex that stands on its original site. The decorative pine tree design, used throughout the nation as the logo of both the Forest Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps, is cut out of boards on the porch and at the upper gable ends of this building (Throop 1979, 42). It symbolizes and serves as a constant visual reminder of the contribution of the CCC to the Elwha Ranger Station.
    In addition to visible structural changes completed at the Elwha Ranger Station and elsewhere, the construction and maintenance of roads, and the development of campground facilities in forests on the north Olympic Peninsula, Forest Service Camp F-19 on the Elwha River planned and executed numerous other projects between 1933 and 1938.

    Elwha corpsmen constructed and maintained trails, built bridges, erected signs and markers, conducted surveys, constructed fences and guard rails, laid and maintained telephone lines, built parking areas and parking overlooks, razed “undesirable” structures, suppressed fires and conducted field plantings (NARS:RG 95 1934, 1 June; 1937, 6 August; ca. 1938 n.d.).

    The exact geographic locations of many Camp Elwha projects are not always readily identifiable and, in fact, much of their work has been obliterated over the years. However, the overall effect of the various CCC projects undertaken by the Elwha Camp is very much a part of the overall development of recreational use in certain areas in the northern part of Olympic National Park.
    The work of the Elwha CCC Camps is not unique but, in fact, is representative of the kinds of projects pursued by several other work camps supervised by the National Forest Service on the Olympic Peninsula. Prior to the 1938 creation of Olympic National Park, other CCC main camps and side camps located on Forest Service land around the Peninsula likewise stimulated recreational activity in areas now contained in the Park.
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    In the spring of 1935 “improvements” were made to both the Elwha and Altaire public campgrounds. Betterments at these two campgrounds included work on roads, trails, camping spots, the installation of water pipes, playground equipment, horse-shoe courts for adults, and the construction of sturdy, open-sided community kitchens.

    The Port Angeles Evening News exuded enthusiasm in its description of the improvements at Altaire Campground made by the CCC: “There’s a splendid community kitchen, of rustic design, with a concrete floor and two 54-inch stoves built of rock and cement. There are long tables beside the kitchen and about the grounds are 17 tables and sufficient stoves, all constructed of stone, to take care of as many parties as the tables accommodate” (PAEN 1935, 27 March).
    The Elwha and Altaire community kitchens, in 1983, are the only two remaining CCC structures of this type in Olympic National Park. Built of natural peeled logs, shakes and masonry, the rustic materials and careful proportioning of these structures blend well with their immediate natural surroundings. The Elwha and Altaire community kitchens are representative examples of rustic style architecture, which became a hallmark of the CCC throughout the country (Throop 1979, 58).

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    Things happen that should always be remembered

    The Elwha and Altaire community kitchens, in 1983, are the only two remaining CCC structures of this type in Olympic National Park.

    AND, THEY WERE BUILT BY   CAMP ELWHA COMPANY 935.

    National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam …

    https://en.wikipedia.org/…/National_Register_of_Historic_Plac
    Wikipedia

    This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam County, Washington. This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts …
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    Elwha Ranger Station
    Elwha Ranger Station
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000716)
    Approximately 3 miles southeast of WA 101 on the Olympic Hot Springs Rd.
    48°01′00″N 123°35′27″W
    Port Angeles

     

    Altair Campground Community Kitchen
    Altair Campground Community Kitchen
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000732)
    Approx. 4 mi. S of US 101
    48°00′42″N 123°35′30″W
    Port Angeles

     

    Elwha Campground Community Kitchen
    Elwha Campground Community Kitchen
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000735)
    3 miles south of U.S. Route 101 in Washington
    48°01′39″N 123°35′13″W
    Port Angeles

    Things happen that should always be remembered

    Olympic National Park News Release
    March 20, 2014
    For Immediate Release

    Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, said
    “Within what is technically and economically feasible, we continue to do our very best to protect the area’s natural and cultural resources and its wilderness character,”

    And,Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, said . “Our options are limited, however, given the size and force of the river and the valley’s remote location within the Olympic Wilderness.”

    Campground Status Feb 3, 2016

    Altair Closed Closed indefinitely due to flood damage

     

    Elwha Closed Closed indefinitely due to flood damage

    Current Road Conditions

    Elwha Area Notices:
    • The Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed at the park boundary to motor vehicles due to storm damage. The road and all areas beyond the washout are closed to all public entry because of hazardous conditions along the road, river and adjacent areas.

    And when this happened in my park on my road to my private property? Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, could have used the same song and dance?

    BUT SHE SAID NOTHING

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    Saving Enchanted Valley Chalet – The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/…/olympicagenda/SavingEnchantedValley

    The much loved Enchanted Valley Chalet has had the ever encroaching river eroding the meadowed landscape away for NINE YEARS. The Park, well aware of …

    Olympic National Park News Release
    March 20, 2014
    For Immediate Release

    Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, said
    “Within what is technically and economically feasible, we continue to do our very best to protect the area’s natural and cultural resources and its wilderness character,”

    And,Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, said . “Our options are limited, however, given the size and force of the river and the valley’s remote location within the Olympic Wilderness.”

    BLAH… BLAH… BLAH… SAME  OLD STORY “LET NATURE TAKE IT’S COURSE” JUST IN A DIFFERENT VALLEY

    AS HILLARY WOULD SAY… WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

    Key partners IN SAVING THE ENCHANTED CHALET  include the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer, Pacific West Regional Office of the National Park Service, and concerned organizations and citizens.

    Which shall leave me asking on my next posting HOW PROTECTED ARE …

    National Register of Historic Places listings in Olympic …

    https://en.wikipedia.org/…/National_Register_of_Historic_Plac
    Wikipedia

    This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Olympic National Park. This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the …

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    BELOW just another Grimm Fairy tale?

    Once Upon A Time in Olympic National Park

    My “inside store” is kind of like the original Grimm’s Brother  fairy tale

    You know the one… It starts off great..  but ends up with the Big Bad Wolf swallowing the grandmother whole and  the wolf eating Little Red Riding Hood..

    Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) Road Closed (storm damage) 1/17/16
    The road is closed due to a washout just north of Elwha Campground, about 1 mile from the park boundary. Closed to public entry beyond the washout.

  • Public Land Use? Howls of Complaints?

    I received information on, the Public ” HOWLING” on Public Land Use complaints against the feds, in an email from Liz Bowen Pie N Politics in California.

    Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints …

    www.deseretnews.com/…/Publiclandslisteningsessionbri
    Deseret News

    15 hours ago – Public landslistening’ session brings howls of complaints against feds.

    17 Comments ». By Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret …

    13 hours ago – Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints against feds … Chris Stewart, R-Utah, convened the session in St. George — part of his congressional district — to let county …. Kick the Feds out of our state, period!
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    So, I sent a comment to…..

    Dear Senator Lankford,
    I received the following information in an email from a friend in California. It is an on-going country wide issue.
    We the people have no way of resolving this problem, other than forwarding this information to a concerned, responsive, elected representative in WA DC…..
    the bottom line…
    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”

    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett

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    Then… I made a comment on Pie N Politics website

    Pie N Politics | LizBowen.com

    lizbowen.com/?page_id=393

    Pie N Politics. Like many areas of the United States, citizens in Siskiyou County are finding government regulations are destroying their RIGHTS. This includes …
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    my comment to Pie N Politics ….
    If you want an elected federal representative to “LISTEN” to your complaints and respond.. Senator Lankford, is your man.
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    Dear Senator Lankford,
    I received the following information in an email from a friend in California. It is an on-going country wide issue.
    We the people have no way of resolving this problem, other than forwarding this information to a concerned, responsive, elected representative in WA DC……
    the bottom line…
    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”

    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett
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    Sent and received by Team Lankford!
    Thanks
    Thank you for reaching out to Team Lankford! Your form has been successfully submitted. Someone on our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
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    I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative in WA DC
    Rep. Derek Kilmer, and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
    And, I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative in WA State
    Rep. Steve Tharinger, Kevin Van De Wege and Senator Jim Hargrove
    And, I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative, Commissioners in Clallam County WA.

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    I have been, well… sort of howling at all nine (9) of them, mostly D-WA representatives, sending them emails, and asking them questions for years.. about restricted public and private land use, among other things.

    And, all nine (9) of my elected representatives are mostly D-WA, are mostly, usually, unconcerned and unresponsive. period.

    Like, I might as well have been howling at the moon…

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    Fortunately, My grandson set up this website for me… registered 2013-01-29.
    Today is 2016-01-23, I’ve spent nearly three years researching, documenting and posting over 650 comments on restricted public and private land use, among other things.
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    Well, Like I said….
    IF YOU WANT AN ELECTED FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE TO “LISTEN” TO YOUR COMPLAINTS AND RESPOND.. SENATOR LANKFORD, IS YOUR GO TO MAN.
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    My comments matter, as a matter of fact… I even got a Christmas card

    (I know a robo card)

    However, the bottom line on Senator Lankford Christmas card is…
    Stay Connected!
    If you would like more information on these topics or any other legislation currently before the U.S. Senate, please do not hesitate to call my D.C. office at (202) 224-5754. My Oklahoma City office can be reached at (405) 231-4941 and my Tulsa office at (918) 581-7651. You can also follow me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram for updates on my work in Congress.
    —– Original Message —–
    From: Sen. James Lankford
    To: phew@wavecable.com
    Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 7:20 AM
    Subject: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    BACK TO THE HOWLING…

    Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints …
    www.deseretnews.com/…/Public-lands-listening-session-bri…

    WHO’S LISTENING?
    Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Jason Chaffetz R-Utah, Rob Bishop R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas
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    I received the following information in an email from Liz Bowen Pie N Politics in California.
    full text…
    By Amy Joi O’Donoghue,
    Deseret News
    Published: Friday, Jan. 22 2016 10:00 p.m. MST
    ST. GEORGE — Four U.S. congressmen spent several hours Friday hearing a litany of complaints asserting federal land management agencies are harming families and livelihoods and need to be reigned in — if not eliminated altogether.
    Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, convened the session in St. George — part of his congressional district — to let county leaders and others air their views on federal public lands management in Utah.
    The list of grievances was long: grazing reductions, wild horse and burro overpopulation, agencies colluding with environmental groups in illegal, backdoor meetings, heavy-handed law enforcement tactics and dismissive attitudes by faceless bureaucrats that are harming rural life in Utah.
    “Is there any question or any wonder why people are angry? It seems glaringly obvious to me why people are angry,” Stewart said.
    “It did not used to be this way, and it does not have to be this way in the future.”
    Commissioners from six rural counties in Utah implored Stewart and Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop, R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, to fix what’s wrong with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, emphasizing they’re at the breaking point.
    “Elected officials have tried to protect their constituents from the overreach the best we can, but it is tough to compete with special interest groups,” said Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson. “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”
    Iverson and others blasted agencies for “sue and settle” policies that have left Western lands in paralysis for grazing, timber production, ranching and other uses.
    “Range management is more a result of lawsuit than science,” Iverson said. “Special interest groups sue the land management agencies and they agree to settle on terms that do not benefit the general public and are almost never disclosed. … There is an overabundance of failed public policies.”
    Beaver County Commissioner Tammy Pearson described struggling ranchers held hostage by the proliferation of wild horses that are ruining a drought-striken range for cattle, wildlife and other uses.
    Pearson, a rancher herself, said the situation is dire.
    “Producers have exhausted their financial reserves, have lost their faith in federal agencies and have been backed into a corner by those agencies and so-called environmentalists and advocacy groups,”

    she said. “This grief has caused the uprisings that we see in Nevada, Oregon, and quite possibly in Utah.”
    Westerman, who said the BLM does not operate in his state, said it was clear to him there is a problem that has to be addressed.
    “We are all going to have disagreements on something as passionate as how federal public lands are used. It is more the process that I am worried about. Broken promises. Collusion. Lack of trust. Closed door meetings, circumvention of the law and double standards. Those are not the kind of words that are beneficial to our country regardless of what location you are at.”
    Stewart told the crowd he is committed to finding a solution given the realities that are playing out in Utah and elsewhere in the West.
    “You cannot protect Utah families if you don’t give them hope for the future,” he said. “And you can’t give them hope for the future if they feel like the federal government has a boot at their throat.”
    Email: amyjoi@deseretnews.com
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646022/Public-lands-listening-session-brings-howls-of-complaints-against-feds.html
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    Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington …

    WOW Snippets, full text below….

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,”

    Members of a congressional subcommittee skewered the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management of Utah Friday over a proposed land use plan they say ignores the will of residents and the letter of a 2009 public lands law for Washington County.

    “We are here because Congress is hearing a crescendo of complaints about

    “We are here to get to the bottom of it.”

    BLM tactics and policies across the country, and St. George seems to be a poster child of BLM bad behavior,” said Tom McClintock, R-California and chairman of the House Natural Resources Federal Subcommittee.

    The agency’s preferred action in the land use plan released last year proposes to reduce grazing by 40 percent in those national conservation areas,

    restrict St. George’s access to up to 37 percent of its water

    and does not include a northern transportation corridor through the Red Cliffs area in Washington County, according to critics.

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    Ful ltext

    Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington …

    www.deseretnews.com/…/Congressionalcommitteerails-on
    Deseret News

    23 hours ago – Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington County land … about a Bureau of Land Management proposed land use plan they …

    ST. GEORGE — Members of a congressional subcommittee skewered the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management of Utah Friday over a proposed land use plan they say ignores the will of residents and the letter of a 2009 public lands law for Washington County.

    “We are here because Congress is hearing a crescendo of complaints about

    “We are here to get to the bottom of it.”

    The subcommittee convened the rare field hearing after McClintock said they’d heard a litany of complaints over the BLM’s draft resource management plans proposed for the Beaver Dam Wash and Red Cliffs National Conservation Areas.

    The plan is being crafted as a result of the 2009 Public Lands Omnibus Act, which McClintock said embodied the spirit of compromise and was held up as a model for locally generated public lands planning across the nation.

    “This subcommittee doesn’t normally hold hearings on individual land use plans. But it appears that the BLM, which administers nearly half of the land area of Washington County, has ignored the will of Congress and thumbed its nose at the people whose taxes support this government and whose livelihoods and quality of life are now directly threatened by it.”

    The agency’s preferred action in the land use plan released last year proposes to reduce grazing by 40 percent in those national conservation areas, restrict St. George’s access to up to 37 percent of its water and does not include a northern transportation corridor through the Red Cliffs area in Washington County, according to critics.

    Washington County Commission Chairman Alan Gardner and St. George Mayor Jon Pike both testified at the hearing — held at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George — that they were left out of BLM’s planning process and surprised at the plan’s components when it was released.

    “I would have expected to have had many discussions with the BLM about all of these issues that have been raised today,” Pike said,

    particularly since they concern water rights.

    “I would have liked to have had those conversations before the plan was released.”

    Acting BLM Utah Director Jenna Whitlock defended her agency and disputed the allegation local elected officials were not involved in the planning stages.

    “We really feel like we have a good record,” she said, adding she believes the proposed plan follows the 2009 law.

    The hearing, which was attended by Utah Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop, drew sympathetic comments from Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, who said these divisive land issues impact everyone.

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,” he said, adding that he had read about the controversy 1,000 miles away in his home state. “It appears to me that the law is being ignored, this law passed by Congress. This seems to be a pattern with the BLM. … Do you recognize that you are creating some really bad publicity for the BLM across the country?”

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    I am compelled to insert this comment.

    “If you want to understand why so many people distrust the federal government, this is a good example,” @RepChrisStewart re BLM plans

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    And, this  comment.

    Iverson and others blasted agencies for “sue and settle” policies that have left Western lands in paralysis for grazing, timber production, ranching and other uses.

    The issue of “WILD NON-PROFITS”  undue partisan influence on the US government, is not only important to Utah, the “WILD NON-PROFITS” are a threat to the Public use of public  and private land in the whole country.

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    Friday’s hearing was packed with members of the public sporting “Wild Utah” pins who are supportive of BLM’s planning efforts that are designed to conserve the desert tortoise, which was added to the Endangered Species list in 1990 and conserve desert landscapes.

    Paul Van Dam, one of the witnesses who testified at the subcommittee hearing, said the BLM is a responsive agency and was engaged with the public while it crafted its proposed plan.

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    Really…”If you want to understand why so many people distrust the federal government, this is a good example,” @RepChrisStewart re BLM plans

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    “I have dealt with the BLM for a long time,” said Van Dam, who used to head up the grass-roots environmental organization called Citizens for Dixie’s Future. “My experiences are positive.”

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    Sorry, I can’t resist this one..

    no duh… radical non-profits usually do have a positive experience with the BLM

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    the bottom line…

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,”
    Email your comments to Senator Lankford, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Jason Chaffetz R-Utah, Rob Bishop R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas they are are listening..

    Rep. Chris Stewart told the crowd he is committed to finding a solution given the realities that are playing out in Utah and elsewhere in the West.

    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”
    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett


  • UN Heritage Sites and Corridors Back to 1492

    Heritage Area Designations | Another Land Grab U.N. …

    Heritage Sites and Corridors

    HERITAGE CORRIDORS ARE EXTENSIONS OF RESERVES AND U.N. ADVOCATES CLAIM MILLIONS OF ACRES ARE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN LARGE CARNIVORES!

    If this is allowed to continue, you will witness the elimination of human presence on much of our American landscape!
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    Go Find Your Park? WHAT IS IT?

    Heritage Area Designations | Another Land Grab U.N. …

    securetherepublic.com/…/heritageareadesignationsanotherlandgrab-u…

    Aug 29, 2013 – Heritage Area DesignationsAnother U.N. Agenda 21 Land Grab … World Heritage Area Sites – are under United Nations Educational, .

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    DIGGING DEEPER DOCUMENTING MORE

    In the proposed Crooked Road National Heritage Area.

    In one fell swoop…

    19 COUNTIES IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA WERE TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. (unknown to county the commissioners)

    To do something in one fell swoop is to do it suddenly or in a single, swift action.routinely fast-tracked to passage through Congress with no debate, (unknown to county the commissioners) Fell here is an adjective meaning fierce, savage, cruel, or ruthless

    Sponsored by Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) since 2011. and Senator Mark Warner, Senator (DVA) since 2009, the impending designation, routinely fast-tracked to passage through Congress with no debate,

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    snippet for clarification

    The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail (TCR) has been working for over two years 07/28/2012 – with federal officials on a proposal to designate The Crooked Road region of Southwest Virginia
    (19 counties, four cities and over 50 towns) as a National Heritage Area.
    – See more at: http://www.cybergrass.com/node/1546#sthash.OCTOw2r4.dpuf
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    the impending designation, routinely fast-tracked to passage through Congress with no debate,

    WOULD HAVE REMAINED UNKNOWN TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

    until  A CONCERNED CITIZEN made the counties aware of this move by The Crooked Road 501c3 organization last August, 2012.

    The Crooked Road organization, RESPONDING TO A FOIA REQUEST TO A PRIVATE CITIZEN,  admits  that

    COMMISSIONERS OF ALL 19 COUNTIES WERE NOT ADVISED OF THIS SCHEME!
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    WOW,  FEDERAL OFFICIALS WERE WORKING ON THE 

    Crooked Road National Heritage Area.

    FROM 2010 TO 2013

    AND THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WERE NOT ADVISED?

    AND, WOULD HAVE REMAINED UNKNOWN TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS?

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    ARE YOU A CONCERNED AMERICAN PRIVATE CITIZEN?

    PLEASE ADVISE YOUR ELECTED COUNTY COMMISSIONERS….

    DO YOU HAVE A CONCERNED COUNTY COMMISSIONER?

    ARE YOU A CONCERNED COUNTY COMMISSIONER?

    I am a concerned American Private citizen ,aka a Concerned American Grandmother.

    my website is how I document and advise my elected representatives at every level.

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    Impending Heritage designation, routinely fast-tracked to passage through Congress with no debate….

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    I always wanted to do a post using this poem with my freedom of speech

    There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
    He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
    He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
    And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
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    Was sponsored by Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) since 2011. and Senator Mark Warner, Senator(D-VA) since 2009, the impending designation, routinely fast-tracked to passage through Congress with no debate?
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    Hmmm… How many counties on the Olympic Peninsula? Four (4)
    Clallam and Jefferson Counties, parts of Grays Harbor and Mason Counties, are on the peninsula.

    Hmmm… How many counties on Puget Sound? Twelve (12) counties are located in the Puget Sound region:
    • Clallam
    • King
    • Kitsap
    • Island
    • Jefferson
    • Mason
    • Pierce
    • San Juan
    • Skagit
    • Snohomish
    • Thurston
    • Whatcom
    REFRESH YOUR MEMORY on ..

    Behind My Back | WA State Maritime Heritage Area

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/07/01/wastatemaritimeheritagearea/

    Jul 1, 2015 – H.R. 2833 WA State Maritime Heritage Area Maps A MAP IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS Citizens be warned look at your county maps …

    Twelve (12) counties are located in the Puget Sound region:
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    Heritage Area Designations | Another Land Grab U.N. …

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    Aug 29, 2013 –Heritage Area Designations Another U.N. Agenda 21 Land GrabWorld Heritage Area Sites – are under United Nations Educational, …

    Heritage Area Sites – are under United Nations Educational, …

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    DIGGING DEEPER DOCUMENTING MORE

    The sinister Department of Interior failed again, earlier this year, in another attempted LAND GRAB, but this time it was in Virginia under a proposed Heritage Area called Crooked Road National Heritage Area 19 COUNTIES IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA WERE TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. This sure sounds like the deception that went on with the National Blueway System all over again.

    If this Crooked Road National Heritage Area designation would have taken place, it would effectively put the proposed “National Heritage Area” under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service and Department of the Interior.
    WashCo Votes No to Crooked Road National Heritage Area

    It was a major win for property rights activists Tuesday, March 12th, when Washington County Supervisors voted 5-2 against the impending designation of 19 counties in South West VA Congressional District 9 as the USA’s 50thNational Heritage Area“, which would effectively put the District under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service and Department of the Interior.
    Following the lead of Wythe and Russell Counties, along with the Town of Rural Retreat, Washington County passed the Resolution of Non-Support. Smyth County supervisors voted to defund TCR last year.
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    DIGGING DEEPER DOCUMENTING MORE
    There are currently 49 National Heritage Areas, some of which use variations of the title, such as NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR.

    HERITAGE CORRIDORS ARE EXTENSIONS OF RESERVES AND U.N. ADVOCATES CLAIM MILLIONS OF ACRES ARE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN LARGE CARNIVORES!

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    President Ronald Reagan signing the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Legislation on August 24, 1984 at the Conrad Hilton …

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    Behind My Back | Restoration of Ursus arctos horribilis?

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/…/restoration-of-ursusarctoshorribili

    Feb 14, 2015 – The RESTORATION OF URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBILIS, THE HORRIBLE BROWN BEAR, … www.behindmyback.org/2013/02/04/back-to-1492/.
    This reintroduction plan has been in the works for over 25 years

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    NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDORS ARE EXTENSIONS OF RESERVES AND U.N. ADVOCATES CLAIM MILLIONS OF ACRES ARE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN LARGE CARNIVORES!

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    Behind My Back | Back to 1492

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/02/04/back-to-1492/

    Feb 4, 2013 – “It is a bold attempt to grope our way back to October 1492 and find a different trail, a trail overgrown and nearly forgotten” – Words of Dave …

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    Feb 4, 2013 – BACK TO 1492. A PLAN WHICH IS NOW IN PROCESS OF BECOMING FEDERAL POLICY ~ WAS HATCHED MANY YEARS AGO BY TWO RADICAL ECO-FREAKS – DAVE FOREMAN

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    Quote attributed to Dave Foreman WE LIVE FOR THE DAY WHEN GRIZZLIES IN CHIHUAHUA HAVE AN UNBROKEN CONNECTION TO GRIZZLIES IN ALASKA, WHEN GREY WOLF POPULATIONS ARE CONTINUOUS FROM NEW MEXICO TO GREENLAND

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    Quote attributed to Dave Foreman “WE MUST… RECLAIM THE ROADS AND THE PLOWED LAND, HALT DAM CONSTRUCTION, TEAR DOWN EXISTING DAMS, FREE SHACKLED RIVERS, AND RETURN TO WILDERNESS MILLIONS AND TENS OF MILLIONS OF [ACRES OF] PRESENTLY SETTLED LAND.” – Quoted by Dixy Lee Ray in her book Trashing the Planet (1990)

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    Indeed in 2016 NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDORS ARE EXTENSIONS OF RESERVES AND U.N. ADVOCATES CLAIM MILLIONS OF ACRES ARE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN LARGE CARNIVORES!

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    January 22, 2016

    Pie N Politics » Siskiyou County residents express worry …

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    2 hours ago – Siskiyou County residents express worry over wolves ... from Siskiyou County who were concerned about the wolves‘ return to California.January 22, 2016

    by Liz Bowen
    Record Searchlight
    Local News
    January 22, 2016
    YREKA — Some 300 people showed up at a hearing in Yreka on Thursday night to comment on the state’s draft Gray Wolf Conservation Plan.
    Most of those who spoke represented ranching and hunting groups from Siskiyou County who were concerned about the wolves’ return to California.
    “I don’t want a wolf kill on my place,” said Ryan Walker, a Siskiyou County rancher, referring to wolves killing cattle. “I need to know where the wolves are.”
    The conservation plan attempts to manage the growing number of wolves that have showed up in the state during the past year.
    The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plan analyzes where wolves are likely to live in the state, what they will prey on, how they will affect livestock ranchers and humans. The state is also holding conservation plan meetings in Sacramento and Long Beach.
    This past summer, fish and wildlife biologists documented the state’s first pack in more than 80 years. DNA analysis of the wolves’s droppings indicate they came from the Imnaha pack in northeast Oregon.
    Many of the ranchers who spoke Thursday urged the state to put radio collars on the wolves so they can take steps to protect their cattle.
    Patrick Griffin, a wolf consultant for Siskiyou County, said after a calf was killed, ranchers wanted to know where the wolves were so they could prevent another death.
    “After the incident on the east side of the county, it would have been nice to know where the wolves have gone,” Griffin said.
    The DFW’s Eric Loft told the crowd that getting the wolves collared is a high priority. However, state officials need to locate the wolves before they can collar them.
    “We’ve lost track of the Shasta Pack. We don’t know where they are,” said Karen Kovacs, a program manager for the department.
    Fish and wildlife officials said wolves probably killed a calf in Siskiyou County in November. Kovacs urged those in the audience to notify the department when they see a wolf or any evidence of one.
    Mark Baird, a leader in the State of Jefferson movement, said he suspects the wolves are being trucked into the state, and he and others are looking for evidence.
    But Loft denied that and said he, too, would like to see evidence of anyone in the fish and wildlife department trucking in wolves.
    Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said he was concerned about wolves harming people, as well as the economic impact wolves will have on ranchers.
    “I’m very, very concerned, and so are my fellow sheriffs, both inside and outside California,” Lopey said.
    Rich Klug, with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, said he was concerned about how wolves would affect elk herds. He said there are only about 7,000 elk in Northern California. If wolf packs grow too numerous, they could greatly reduce the numbers of elk, which are wolves’ primary source of food, he said.
    About a half-dozen people also spoke in favor of wolves. Karin Vardaman of the California Wolf Center said she was eager to work with ranchers and state officials to prevent cattle deaths.
    “We have no desire to see cattle die,” Vardaman said.
    “I’m very, very concerned, and so are my fellow sheriff’s, both inside and outside California,” Lopey said.
    Rich Klug, with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, said he was concerned about how wolves would affect elk herds. He said there are only about 7,000 elk in Northern California. If wolf packs grow too numerous, they could greatly reduce the numbers of elk, which are wolves’ primary source of food, he said.
    About a half-dozen people also spoke in favor of wolves. Karin Vardaman of the California Wolf Center said she was eager to work with ranchers and state officials to prevent cattle deaths.
    “We have no desire to see cattle die,” Vardaman said.
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