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Whatever Nature Conservancy Hands Have Touched, Communities Have Perished

By Jimmy Busque
May 27, 2005, 16:16

Unless we, as a people, are willing to accept the continued loss of not only private property, but of large portions of our national culture and local traditions as well, The Nature Conservancy must be exposed for what they are - the most powerful environmental organization capable of manipulating governments to further their agenda.

The Nature Conservancy game plan has been to buy up private land and, at some point, resell it to the government. The Nature Conservancy has been known to set up false fronts to get landowners to sell their land, not knowing that they were selling to The Nature Conservancy, or face relentless pressure to become willing sellers.

Many western family farms have become victims of The Nature Conservancy's heavy-handedness. The Nature Conservancy's plan, in combination with many other extreme environmental groups, is to shift human populations into controlled core settlements bordering vast corridors of wilderness. All across the United States, The Nature Conservancy claims to be saving the land, when the fact is that, wherever its hand has touched, communities have perished.

Let's look at the Katahdin Region. In the 1990s, The Nature Conservancy was invited in by Great Northern Paper Company's president, who is currently a Nature Conservancy board member, and the current Woodlands manager in the first land deal, the sale of Trout Mountain in back of Millinocket Lake. In true Nature Conservancy fashion, they were used as fronts.

Here's how it worked. The Clark family, who owns the camps and island on Lower Togue Pond put up the money, used The Nature Conservancy as a front to pay Great Northern Paper for the land with the understanding that this land would eventually become Baxter State Park land. When this happens, this land will never be managed for wood fiber again. It will be more land taken off the tax rolls and, rest assured, Baxter State Park will never allow snowmobiling across it.

Most recently, the Rainbow purchase of 41,000 acres is the most troubling. This land will never be managed for wood fiber, access will be severely restricted, and forest fire control will be difficult. It's only a matter of time before this land will be sold to the state, putting more private land into the government's hands.

The Nature Conservancy also secured 200,000 acres in conservation easements, which the state now controls.

Further to the north, The Nature Conservancy owns 185,000 acres along the St. John River. When this was announced, Bob Perschel, chairman of the Northern Forest Alliance and Northeast director of the Wilderness Society, referred to it as another big piece of the Northern Forest puzzle clicking into place.

The Nature Conservancy's plan has always been to buy properties when they need to be bought, so that at some point they can become willing sellers to the government. This helps the government get around the problem of local opposition.

They also claim to be in the business of saving and preserving the last great places, when in fact it is a land acquisition scheme, complex and highly exclusive, but dedicated to its own enrichment of wealth and power. controlling the towns that border the North Woods.

Jimmy Busque





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