Urgent Action Required -- You have 10 working
days, two weeks, two send written testimony to the National Parks,
Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee of the Natural Resources
Committee. Please at least write a letter opposing HR 2016. The
Instructions are below.
Here for bill > Just go to
Type in National Conservation Lands System. The bill # will come
up. Then ask for a copy of the bill.
Land Rights Network American Land Rights Association PO Box 400 -
Battle Ground, WA 98604 Phone: 360-687-3087 - Fax: 360-687-2973
E-mail: email@example.com Web Address: http://www.landrights.org
Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE - Washington, DC 20003
House BLM Land Grab Hearing (HR 2016) Was Held On Thurs. June 7th
Congress Considers Huge BLM NCLS Land Grab
Plans To Put Into Law The Babbitt National Conservation Lands
This Essentially Places A National Park Type Overlay Over Millions
Of Acres Of BLM Land. You know that will hurt multiple-use and
Sorry For The Late Notice, But We Were Only Notified On
Thursday, the 31st.
The Democrats Are Now In Charge And They Are Deliberately Trying
To Give As Late A Notice As Possible For Each Hearing
Internet Access - 10:00 AM Washington Time Thursday Go to http://resourcescommittee.house.gov
CONGRESS SEEKS TO CODIFY NEW NCLS LAND GRAB -- (From Federal Parks
and Recreation Newsletter); Seventeen House members from both
parties teamed up in April to introduce legislation (HR 2016) that
would give the National Landscape Conservation System official
The system, administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM),
was created administratively by former Interior Secretary Bruce
Babbitt during the Clinton years.
In June 2000 the Interior Department under the guidance of former
Secretary Babbitt established the 26 million acre NCLS in BLM to
protect special areas.
The NCLS consists of major conservation areas in 12 western
states, including 15 national monuments, 13 national conservation
areas, Steens Mountain area in Oregon, Headwaters Forest Reserve
in northern California,
36 wild and scenic rivers, 148 wilderness areas, 4,264 miles of
national trails, and more than 600 wilderness study areas.
Making the NCLS permanent threatens recreation, access, grazing,
mining, oil and gas and many other uses. Gradually these areas
will be turned into parks with traditional uses strangled and
roads cut off. Private property owners and inholders in the areas
can say so long to their property rights. You will see new areas
nominated for NCLS status gradually eroding BLM multiple-use.
Four Democratic senators introduced counterpart legislation (S
18. Said chief sponsor of the Senate bill, Sen. Jeff Bingaman
(D-NM), "Given the broad public support for these areas, I expect
this bill to be non-controversial and it is my hope that it will
be able to move quickly through the Congress and enactment into
law." Bingaman chairs the Senate Energy Committee.
The four lead House sponsors of HR 2016, all co-chairs of an NCLS
caucus, are Reps. Mary Bono (R-CA), Rick Renzi (R-AZ), Raśl
Grijalva (D-AZ) and Jim Moran (D-VA). Reps. Bono and Renzi need to
receive lots of contacts. The others are not likely to change
Creating this massive new conservation area program (read land
grab) will take money especially from the National Park Service
that is way behind in deferred maintenance and other uses. The
NCLS will eventually become a huge new agency with thousands of
additional bureaucrats added over time.
Any promises made when these areas like Steens Mountain and the
Missouri Breaks National Monument as well as the Grand Staircase
National Monument and many others were created will be
conveniently forgotten as more and more regulations are added. The
NCLS will become park-like and be gradually managed like a park.
Gradually existing uses will be strangled out of existence.
Supporters of the NCLS insist they are not competing with other
conservation programs for fiscal 2008 appropriations. One said,
"We do want to see a shift in the funding priorities of the BLM
itself. Specifically, the oil and gas program of the BLM has
become the dominant program of the BLM at the expense of some the
best lands and waters of the American West."
It is the nature of the Congressional appropriations beast that
money for all programs in the Interior appropriations bill comes
out of the same pot and the programs compete with each other.
One of the sponsors of the bill to codify the NCLS, Sen. Ken
Salazar (D-CO), said the measure would not affect management of
lands or existing rights or public access. Added Salazar, "The
bill does, however, recognize that these landscapes are of great
interest to the American people and should be managed to protect
their values." Does anyone believe setting up the NCLS would not
change the management of these areas? If that were true, why would
Congress want to do it?
American Land Rights will be sending out thousands of faxes,
letters and e-mails to alert landowners, rural communities and
allies about the danger and work to build more allies in the new
Congress to stop the NCLS from passing. ALRA needs your support to
defeat the massive new NCLS.
It is critical that private property owners and Federal land users
make a big push now to head off this attack on private property
and access to Federal lands. It is so much cheaper to fight it
early than to wait for the details. Hit it hard now. Call, write
and fax your Senators and Congressman. You may call any
Congressman and Senator at (202) 225-3121.
*****What You Should Do Now!
-----1. Call your Congressman today to urge him to attend the
hearing on Thursday, June 7th and oppose this BLM Land Grab. Call
any Congressman at
-----2. Write your Congressman by e-mail or fax and tell him or
her to oppose the NCLS Land Grab. The Bill number is HR 2016
Write: Honorable___________ US House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 20515. Send it by fax or e-mail. Mark it Testimony
on HR 2016.
-----3. E-mail a copy to the Minority Staff (casey.Hammond@mail.house.gov)
Be sure to label your e-mail in the subject line as Testimony on
HR 2016. If you can send it by Thursday, the 7th that would be
great. If not, you have 10 work days after the hearing (2 weeks)
to send your testimony for the record.
-----4. Send a copy of your testimony or letter to both your
Senators. Write: Honorable _________, US Senate, Washington, DC
20510. You may call any Senator at (202) 224-3121.
House National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee. All
can be called at the Capital Switchboard at (202) 225-3121. You
can fax the committee office at (202) 226-7736
Minority Members (Republicans)
Ranking Minority Member: Rob Bishop (R-UT) Fax: (202) 225-5857
John Duncan (R-TN) - FAX (202) 225-6440 -- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Cannon (R-UT) - FAX (202) 225-5629 - e-mail: email@example.com
Tom Tancredo (R-CO) - FAX (202) 226-4623 - e-mail:
Jeff Flake (R-AZ) - FAX -- (202) 226-4386 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Renzi (R-AZ) - FAX - (202) 226-9739 - e-mail: email@example.com
Steve Pearce (R-NM) - FAX - (202) 225-9599 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry Brown (R-SC) - FAX - (202) 225-3407 - e-mail:
Louie Gohmert (R-TX) - FAX - (202) 226-5866 - e-mail:
Tom Cole (R-OK) - FAX -- (202) 225-3512 - e-mail: email@example.com
Dean Heller (R-NV) - FAX - (202) 225-5697 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Sali (R-ND) - FAX - (202) 225-3029 - e-mail: email@example.com
Douglas Lamborn (R-CO) - (202) 226-2638 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Young (R-AK) -- FAX (202) 225-0425 - e-mail: Pamela.email@example.com
Majority Members (Democrats):
Chairman -- Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) (202) 226-2301 - e-mail:
Dale Kildee (D-MI) - FAX - (202) 225-6393 - e-mail:
Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)-FAX - (202) 225-4580-e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Christensen (D-VI) - FAX - (202) 225-5517 - e-mail:
Rush Holt (D-NJ) - FAX - (202) 225-6025 - e-mail:
David Daniel Boren (D-OK) - FAX - (202) 225-3038 - e-mail:
John Sarbanes (D-MD) - FAX - (202) 225-9219 - e-mail:
Peter DeFazio (D-OR) - FAX - (202) 225-0032 - e-mail: email@example.com
Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) -- FAX - (202) 226-0774 - e-mail:
Ron Kind (D-WI) - FAX - (202) 225-5739 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lois Capps (D-CA) -- FAX - (202) 225-5632 - e-mail:
Jay Inslee (D-WA) - FAX - (202) 226-1606 - e-mail: email@example.com
Mark Udall (D-CO -- FAX - (202) 226-7840 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) - FAX - (202) 225-5823 - e-mail:
Heath Shuler (D-NC) -- FAX - (202) 226-6422 - e-mail: email@example.com
Nick Rahall (D-WV) - FAX - (202) 225-9061 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
With the new Congress now largely controlled by the greens, we've
all got our work cut out for us. Your support will allow us to
Let's keep private lands and Federal lands available for private
hands and reduce regulation.