I thought the Bush Administration was out to destroy the Envronment!
Under the plan, 8.4 million acres of private land would be included, at a cost, over twenty years, of $889 million. Although the plan includes Washington, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, and Maine, its greatest impact is on the latter three with one million acres affected in both northwestern Montana and northeastern Minnesota and six million included in northern Maine. Thousands of landowners will find their ability to use their private property greatly constrained, if litigious environmental groups have anything to say about it, and they will. Worst of all, the FWS admits that, because the historic range of lynx only marginally includes the lower 48, the designation of critical habitat will achieve little, if anything.
Federal and State governments are buying more and more land for me to enjoy.
Most of it is away.
I just wish that they would let me enjoy my own land that's in my back yard.
But that's getting near impossible.
Is this back to making everything north of Rt 5 federal land?
Looks like the "Northwoods Park" the marxists have been pushing for Maine. Will anybody in this state have the groinal fortitude to stand up to them and say "hell no" when the Feds knock on the door to steal their land? How much of this Communism are we going to put up with until we put it down?
I don't care what anyone says about it already being too late. We still have time.
I suppose I should stop telling people about the Lynx I saw half a mile from my house, before my home and the surrounding land gets labeled "habitat" for those filthy cats!
Dalek, the american people do not have the backbone to stand up to the local and states government, let alone the federal government. They will bitch, cry and complain, then accept whatever is handed to them. I know this well as I have been fighting these land grabs for years, with little help.
No quote needed. NR
Landry, for once you and I see eye to eye.
Jemhunter, do you have a definition of the southern border? Is it by any chance everything north of route five? If so, this is the one baldacci was in favor of when he was in Congress.
All I could find for an actual description was the map I posted above. I am sure they are already looking into pushing it further in places.
The American people in general may be spineless and unwilling to fight for their rights, but if the feds ever tried to steal my land, they would have to kill me. I would not bend over and let them steal my property, and they would have to pull a Waco/Ruby Ridge to do it. Somebody has to make a stand sometime. I only hope that I need not stand alone should it ever come to that.
That's about the same area as the Penobscots and Passamaquody claimed before the land claims settlement. Maybe it would have been better if they'd gotten it.
Holy *%0#- is right. They've kept this on the back burner for sometime, but here's their chance since the elections. We're gonna' see a mighty push, mighty fast for the fed control of Maine's forest lands, with Roxanne's help, of course.
Is it just me, or does anyone else hate the Æ’Â£Â¢Â¥!%& government?
does anyone else hate the Æ’Â£Â¢Â¥!%& government?
For sure, along with the NRCM, the TNC, Audubon Soc, Sierra Club, Geroge Soros, Wilderness Society, Appalachina MTn Cl., RESTORE, and on and on.
Yup, brainwash'em while they're young.
Jemhunter...I was unaware of this proposal. But will try to find out more about this tomorrow. Stay tuned.
I'm on the road, bleary-eyed, not at all sure I understand the content of Bigshooter's link. That said, I believe the feds said no to this idea in Maine and that Maine (and other) enviros are fighting it.
Well, that's certainly a relief. But it still goes to show how liberal Bush really is, selling us out to the eco-freaks like this. If it were just up to him, he'd have turned 6 million acres of our state into a Northwoods Park! Stalin would be proud.
None of us who care about this issue should head for the hammock. This is headed to court. It's not going away.
Does Tom Allen support this?
Back during the COMPACT wars we had an organization called Unorganized Territories United. They advocated for rural Maine and shined the bright light of truth on the environmental industry. The COMPACT was defeated twice at the polls, but Rep. George Bunker introduced LD 2286 and "Son of Compact" passed. It was worse than the COMPACT. Many mid-sized logging companies went out of business and all of Maine's paper mills sold their timberlands. The environazis claim these land sales are terrible when they actually caused the sales.
UTU had meetings all over the state. When we had the meeting in Millinocket, the high school auditorium was packed full. UTU explained the agenda and the maps they had uncovered. In fact, the agenda had a number. That is Agenda 21. UTU began with six housewives around a kitchen table. They gathered to oppose Angus King's plan to shut down all schools in half the state, the Unorganized Territories. That plan was part of the rural cleansing effort to drive young familes out of rural Maine. Let the old guys continue logging and they will soon die off. That was the plan.
UTU grew to over 500 members and gradually declined after the COMPACT fight. They simply didn't have the money to continue. There were no sugar daddy foundations and corporations funding them. They were just ordinary rural Maine families. They know what they were up against. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust snapped its fingers this past summer and raised $100,000,000 in 60 days to buy up Maine's coastal and island properties. Just think what UTU could have done with a tiny fraction of that.
Every single thing that UTU explained has come to pass. The maps have fallen into place. Access is disappearing. The mills sold their lands. Millinocket lost 4,000 jobs and the Augusta is buying up large chunks of land. Buckle up folks. It's going to be a bumpy road. Their plan for Maine is just getting started.
Rep. George Bunker introduced LD 2286 and "Son of Compact" passed. It was worse than the COMPACT. Many mid-sized logging companies went out of business and all of Maine's paper mills sold their timberlands. The environazis claim these land sales are terrible when they actually caused the sales.
A side note for the interested, the same George Bunker ran for Sheriff of washington county this year, and came in 3rd. Thank God we did not get this corrupt politician as our sheriff downeast!