the only bad thing about that list was that there wasn't any land in Maine being protected.
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 17:03:26 -0600
Land Rights Network
American Land Rights Association
MONSTER Heritage Area Land Grab MOVING â€” We Must Kill It!Action Alert! Action Alert! Action Alert!
This is it. This is a big issue.Stop S 1521.It appears they will use the Senate bill number in the House for this giant bill that lumps a whole lot of other bills into one bill. The original House bill was HR 280.There is a MONSTER Heritage Area land grab making its way through the Senate. By the time you read this, S. 1521 will probably already have passed the Senate. SO WE MUST STOP IT IN THE HOUSE!This is a unique time in Congress. They are now where they must move very fast. This has a lot of danger and also opportunities. They are trying to pass bills now by unanimous consent. So if one Representative objects the bill is dead. Now it is hard to get Members of Congress to object because they all want to get business done and get out of town. And they all want to appear reasonable.That said, if you can convince your Representative to object to S 1521, it is likely the bill will not go forward. Proponents may go to your Representative and try to offer him something he wants in exchange so he will remove his objection, so we need to get a number of Members of Congress to object to have a chance to stop S 1521. That is up to you. If you call, you have a good chance to win. Your Representative will rarely have as much power to stop bad legislation as he does right now. PLEASE CALL NOW.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION BELOW.*** ACTION ITEMS ***1. Call your own Representative and tell him to vote NO on S. 1521. Simply dial the Capitol Hill Switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask for your Representative by name. When you speak to the staff person in charge of S 1521 (HR 280) ask for their fax number.2. Call House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and tell him to vote NO on S. 1521 and use his clout to get his colleagues to vote NO as well. Heritage Areas are federal zoning! Heritage Areas are federal land grabs! Heritage Areas endanger property rights! Rep. DeLay's phone number is (202) 225-5951 or (202) 225-4000. PLEASE CALL NOW! His FAX number is (202) 225-5117. E-mail him at [url=http://tomdelay.house.gov/.]http://tomdelay.house.gov/.[/url]3. Call House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo and tell him to do everything he can to KILL S. 1521. He has the power to do it. A simple no vote or objection from him would stop S. 1521 dead in its tracks. Rep. Pombo's phone number is (202) 225-1947. PLEASE CALL NOW! Chairman Pombois FAX number is (202) 225-5929. E-mail at [email]firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com .4. Call House Speaker Dennis Hastert and tell him to vote NO on S. 1521 and to encourage his colleagues to do the same. Speaker Hastert's phone number is (202) 225-2976 or (202) 225-0600. His Speakers office FAX number is (202) 226-1996. E-mail is Because of the shortness of time, FAX and phone calls are your most effective tool at this point.
HERE'S WHY THIS IS SUCH A BIG DEALWe've fought too long and hard to allow Congress to put this one over on us. They couldn't pass a bill like this in the light of day. So they waited until the dark of night â€” until the end of the year, when bad bills move too quickly for concerned citizens to voice their outrage. DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT!For those who don't already know, here's a quick recap on the danger of Heritage Areas:Heritage Areas implement federal zoning, plain and simple. Proponents of these disasters can spin it any which way they want. The truth is that federal money for Heritage Areas is administered through the National Park Service to radical preservation and conservation groups that are hell-bent to lock away anything and everything within the Heritage Area that they see fit.In fact, in the actual Heritage Area bills, local greens ARE DIRECTED to lock away and preserve everything in sight. Only this time, with National Heritage Areas, the Park Service formally teams up with local greens to take away YOUR private property rights.Here's an example from S 1521, just one of the many Heritage Area nightmares. Similar language can be found in EVERY ONE of the other bills:Section 106b(1) of S 1521 states that the â€œManagement Planâ€ (which is to be drawn up by greens and the Park Service) must include: â€œAn inventory of the resources contained in the core area of the Heritage Area and any other property in the Heritage Area that is related to the themes of the Heritage Area and that should be preserved, restored, managed, or maintained because of its significance.â€Will your property be deemed â€œsignificantâ€ to the Heritage Area? How about your street or your block?Once an area becomes a Heritage Area, local control over zoning and land use can be dramatically impacted. To read more on the dangers of Heritage Areas, go to: [url=http://www.americanpolicy.org/prop/natllandgrab.htm]http://www.americanpolicy.org/prop/natllandgrab.htm[/url] .Representatives and Senators think Heritage Areas are simply convenient little bundles of pork that they can carry back to their districts. While that would be bad enough, HERITAGE AREAS ARE MUCH WORSE. They empower the Park Service bureaucrats to control land use in YOUR COMMUNITY, and dump money on local GREEN beneficiaries to enact whatever radical environmental or preservation agenda that is nearest and dearest to their hearts.Local citizens are often SHUT OUT of the process.Property rights can be completely SHUT OUT of the process.Green edicts will rule the day â€” and those edicts will have the muscle and backing of the National Park Service.**NOW, the bill we MUST stop at all costs is S. 1521.Feast your eyes on this monster. Here's what S. 1521 will do:It will DOUBLE the money for each of the following Heritage Areas AND reauthorize their existence for another 23 years!Remember Heritage Areas land grabbers' claims that these things are only â€œtemporaryâ€ and that federal funding and Park Service oversight would eventually â€œsunset.â€ NOT TRUE.S 1521 will give DOUBLE the money and DOUBLE the time to greens and the Park Service to DOUBLE their destructive influence over YOUR property rights and YOUR local community's right to make its own land use decisions! Here are the Heritage Areas:National Coal Heritage Area in WEST VIRGINIA (this are would also be ENLARGED by S. 1521 to swallow other neighboring counties)Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area in NEW YORKCivil War Heritage Area in TENNESSEEEssex National Heritage Area in MASSACHUSETTSSteel Industry American Heritage Area in PENNSYLVANIAOhio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor in OHIO
BUT WAIT â€” THERE'S MUCH MORE!The S. 1521 beast would also create FIFTEEN NEW HERITAGE AREAS! Heritage Areas that could NEVER pass during a regular congressional session n only at the end of the year when no one's watching. The FIFTEEN new National Park Service fiefdoms would be:National Aviation Heritage Area in OHIOOil Region National Heritage Area in PENNSYLVANIAArabia Mountain National Heritage Area in GEORGIAUpper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area in CONNECTICUTAtchafalaya Trace Heritage Area in LOUISIANAGullah/Geechee Heritage Corridor in GEORGIA and SOUTH CAROLINAWestern Reserve Heritage Area in OHIONorthern Rio Grande National Heritage Area in New MexicoGulf Coast National Heritage Area in MISSISSIPPIChamplain Valley National Heritage Area in VERMONT and NEW YORKEnduring Struggle for Freedom National Heritage Area in KANSASGreat Basin National Heritage Route in NEVADA and UTAHSouthern Campaign of the Revolution Heritage Area in SOUTH CAROLINANational Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area in UTAHFrench Colonial Heritage Area in MISSOURI
BUT WAIT! â€” THERE'S EVEN MORE!S. 1521 would also extend authorization and money for the following Heritage Areas:Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in MASSACHUSETTS and RHODE ISLANDSOUTH CAROLINA National Heritage CorridorILLINOIS and MICHIGAN Canal National Heritage Corridor
AND MORE!S. 1521 would create a National Historic Site within the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in PENNSYLVANIA. Why is this so noteworthy?Because Heritage Area land grabbers claim that Heritage Areas are not national-parks-in-waiting or future national historic sites. WRONG. As units of the Park Service, Heritage Areas are PRIME targets for Park Service land acquisition and future parks, landmarks, historic sites, WHATEVER PARK SERVICE BUREAUCRATS WANT.HELP STOP S. 1521.
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We should all remember who voted for these Heritage Programs. Those who voted for Bush or Kerry voted for the people in favor of the government taking these lands. You do get what you vote for.
Hot damn! I'll be sure to call in and voice my support for this bill ! Personally, I think it's a wonderful idea. As more and more landowners post their land with NO HUNTING NO TRESPASSING signs, something has to be done to perserve wild places for the future recreationalists. WW
Shep -The reality is that these programs sooner or later "protect" wild lands [i]from[/i] recreationalists.skf
You really have to wonder if the preservationist have any concept of how they are locking up this country from future production. In the newly found concept of patriotism (supposedly) rarely do many equate America's strength with it's god given resources. We HAVE enough parks and sanctuaries, what America is sorely lacking is production. Call it the baby-boomers living off their parents wealth or flash in the pan, techno-wealth, or the poor living off the wagon-pullers taxes, (forgive me Stone for using your term) the idea that America can be less productive is ludicrious.Britian, the nation of bands, America, the nation of parks.We need working forests and working agricultural lands if we are going to keep up with the third world masses, (cheap labor).I didn't raise my boy to be a ticket booth worker.
Some lands NEED protecting from "recreationalists" and some do not.I'm all for setting aside good wildlife areas for safe-keeping. And abolishing NAFTA for those of you who are so worried about jobs. There is plenty of good agricultural land here in Maine. The problem doesn't lie with the quantity or the quality of the land available. Same goes for the timber business. Although the bigger timber companies have CUT and RUN, literally. You don't see the giant pines and fir on the logging trucks anymore. That isn't the fault of the Maine Nature Conservancy, or the Audubon Society. WW