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Land and Water Rights
Posted to KBC 5/19/04
Research and interpretation by: Penny Jarvis and Tony Putman.
Article produced by: Ed Cushman

The current furor in this part of Oregon these days is about the Klamath Tribes wanting to get their reservation lands back and retaining water rights. This is just one small part of a much larger and ongoing effort that few know about or fully understand. We can only touch on some of the high points of this plan and explore just a few of these little known topics in the space available here as this is an incredibly complicated situation.

Why should we be concerned about all of this? Because it ultimately could result in us being herded into archipelagoes, or islands of human settlements, removed from our little plots of land here in the valley that we thought we owned. Link #1 (a)   (b)

This undoubtably sounds ridiculous and absurd and I can hear you say, "we own this land, we paid for it!" Yes you did pay, however if you'll notice on your deed, it says, "...having received from the Beneficiary under said Trust Deed..."  

Under this "Trust" arraignment, we do not actually own this land.    Nor does the Klamath Tribe own their land and never will. This Trust Deed system of government began in this area in 1864, with the treaty of the Klamath Tribes and for all other inhabitants I917.  Link #2  (a)   (d)

With the signing of the Charter of the United Nations in 1948, this condition became permanent with U.S. Membership.

( The footnotes that you've already noticed scattered through this text provide the source documents and instruments which provide the background for what we're presenting here. These documents form the basis of credibility for this presentation. With out these documents, you'd have to take our word for it, which I'm sure you're not about to do. You must read these documents with your own eyes.)

We're not educated scalars in political science and ecology. We're the folks next door who stumbled onto something that caught our eye and we wanted to know more. What is being put forth here is not the opinion of Tony and Penny, nor myself. We are just attempting to lay this all out in a form that can be understood by our friends and neighbors. This is the result of over 5 years of research and investigation by Penny and Tony, in an effort to understand this plan. Bear with us and take a look at these references. It's all laid out here for you to see for yourself.

Let's take a look at the real water story, the one that isn't generally understood by the public. This part of Oregon has water flowing from surrounding mountains into rivers. The water from the mountains around our valley flows into the Sprague River. The Sprague flows into the Williamson, which in turn flows into Klamath Lake. This whole network is called the "Klamath Head Waters Ecoregion, as set forth by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Link #3 (a)  (b)  (c)   This is also the group doing the research for the Klamath Tribes. They were accredited by the United Nations in 1946. We fall under the "Wild Lands Project."  Water is the foundation of life and the foundation of life for every other living species. Under their plan we must give up our land in order to improve the water for the endangered species. We ALL live in one small portion of the many biosphere reserves - wilderness areas, or interconnected areas of core reserves and zones of cooperation. Under this plan, (anthropogenic background conditions) "humans" are not permitted to live in these areas because we are the basis of this pollution.  Link #4   (b)   (c)   (d)   (f)  

What few are aware of is that what we think of as "our land" is not in fact our land. It is in fact already an International Biosphere Reserve.  Link #5  
(a)    (b)    (c)    (d)    (g)    (h)    (i)    (j)    (k)    (l)    (m)    Work toward this end began in 1947 by UNESCO. So far, UNESCO has designated 440 biospheres in 97 countries, 47 being in the U.S. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

This biosphere reserve program was created to remove pollution from the Earth. Humans are the main source of this pollution and the program's intent is to ultimately reduce the population to a lower level thereby allowing the Earth's natural systems to repair itself. How does this affect the community of the Sprague River Valley? The ultimate goal of the Biosphere program is to remove everyone from the core and buffer areas to the human settlements.

Because we do not own the land, we're susceptible to the laws, rules, regulations and procedures of the true owner of this land - the United Nations. Link #6
(b)    (c)    (e)    (f)    (g)    (h)    (i)    (j)    (k)    (l)    (m)    (n)    (o)    (p)    Getting back to UNESCO's U.S. Biosphere plan's Wilderness Act, it is defined as "A wilderness in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is here by recognized as an area where the earth and it's community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself s a visitor who does not remain."

The Sprague River and the Williamson River are "core wilderness areas." The wet and dry land meadows that are connected to these rivers are also "core wilderness areas" where "man is just a visitor." Like it or not, we fall under this Biosphere plan. We've unknowingly been under this plan and it's implications since 1964 under President Johnson. Link #7 (a)   (b)    (d)    Under the Biosphere Plan, the pre-conceived standards are such that we cannot become compliant with them no matter how hard we might try. We could not afford to bring our lands up to their standards. In addition, their standards are such that it is impossible for us, as land owners, to meet them. Fines for non-compliance can amount to as much as $5,000 per day.   It is a no-win situation, and you didn't even know anything about this plan!

There are so many rules and regulations that have been implemented behind our backs that is virtually impossible for the average land owner to know, understand, abide by or implement them. They don't want you to know all of this. They have constructed this plan so that they can do virtually anything that suits their fancy and you can't win. In addition, their plan is to reduce the overall population of Oregon.  

Because of the complexity of the laws and regulations, it is impossible to list all of the support documents, instruments and presidential orders here so that you may better understand and believe what we are presenting here. If you are able to go on-line on the internet, you'll find this same page at: http://spragueriverweather.com/events%20page/land & water.htm. Being that you will already be on the internet, by clicking on each foot note, you will be instantly taken to the actual document we are referring to.

We acknowledge the fact that this is a very complicated scenario and is difficult to grasp. They've designed it this way. You are not supposed to know what they are up to. It's taken Tony and Penny 5 years to begin to understand it all.

Note: The International Biosphere Reserve has 3 phases. They are now in their 3rd and final phase. (1) The Northern California Coastal Forest Ecoregion; (2) The Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion; (3) The Klamath Basin Headwaters Ecoregion. These three Ecoregions, when joined together are a single International Biosphere Reserve (IBR). Subject to International Environmental Governance.


FOOTNOTES - This information is for educational purposes only.

Link 1.
(a). Explanation of Biodiversity Treaty & Wildlands Project, by Michael S. Coffman, Ph.D., for property. http://www.wildlandsprojectrevealed.org/htm/summary.htm
(b). The Wildlands Project. http://www.wildlandsprojectrevealed.org/htm/summary.htm
(c). Will have to be entered later.

Link 2.
(a). Treaty with the Klamath tribe, etc.., 1864 (Article 1.) Will have to type in URL address. http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/Vol2/treaties/kla0865.htm
(b). (no web address found) H.R.4960, Chapter106, Sec.6., October 6,1917.
(c). (no web address found) H.R.1491, Chapter 1, Sec.2 (b)., March 9, 1933.
(d). Charter of the United Nations, Chapter XII, International Trusteeship system, Articles 75-85. www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/ch-chp12.htm

Link 3.
(a). The IUCN: from the UN to your backyard, Sovereignty International, 1998. www.sovereignty.net/p/ngo/iucn.htm
(b). A Phase I Inventory of current EPA Efforts to protect Ecosystems, Klamath Basin 1995. www.epa.gov/ecoplaces/part2/region0/site8.html
(c). Klamath Headwaters Agricultural Water Quality Management Area Plan (AG WQMAP), page 9, "geographic area and physical setting. Also, page 10, "map" also pages 11-17.
www.oda.state.or.us/nrd/water_quality/Plans_and_Rules/Plans/KlmthDftPln.pdf (will have to type in URL)

Link 4. (a). (IBID) The IUCN
(b). Klamath Falls invisible foe, By Henry Lamb, July 23, 2001. www.enterstageright.com/archive/articles/0701klamathun.htm
(c). Yesterdays People: going, going, gone. (Wildlands Project becomes a reality in North Carolina) 8/15/01, By Henry Lamb. www.citizenrevewonline.org/ North Carolina Map SHOCKING this could be you! http://www.wildlandsprojectrevealed.org/htm/states/nc.htm
(d). Wildlands Project www.twp.org/science/right.html
(e). (IBID) The IUCN Explanation of the Biodiversity Treaty..., "What do core reserves and corridors really mean".

Link 5.

(a). Strategic Plan for the U.S. Biosphere Reserve Program, 1994, Executive Summary-Introduction-Value of Biosphere Reserves. www.mabnetamericas.org/publications/strategic.html
(b). Conservation and Management of Biodiversity, the Protection of Natural Habitats. www.ciesin.org/docs/002-265/002-265b.html
(c). Government Control over Private Land Expanding at all levels - Planned UN biosphere reserve for Klamath, November 13, 2002, By Bill Moshofsky   (You will have to type in the URL address http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/governmental_control_over_privat.htm)
(d). Global Biodiversity Strategy: Guidlines for Action to save, study, and use earths Biotic Wealth, Sustainability and Equitably. (Second paragraph). (Authors: WRI, IUCN, UNESCO.). www.wri.org/biodiv/gbs-home.html
(e). (IBID) Explaination of Biodiversity Treaty and......
(f). (IBID) Wildlands Project: Incredible, Outrageous....
(g). Northern California Coastal Forest Ecoregion. www.usparkinfo.com/redwood.html
(h). Klamath - Siskiyou Conservation Assessment. (See: Dr. Reed Noss and Dr. Jim Strittholt of IUCN. www.siskiyou.org/resources/reports_&_maps/conservation_plan.cfm
(i). Klamath - Siskiyou Forest Ecoregion Setting. www.consbio.org/cbi/pacnw_assess/er40/setting.htm
(j). A Science - Based Conservation Assessment for the Klamath -Siskiyou Ecoregion. www.consbio.org/cbi/applied_research/klamath-siskiyou/ks.htm
(k). Klamath - Siskiyou Private Lands Conservation Assessment. www.consbio.org/cbi/applied_research/klamath-siskiyou/ks_private.htm
(l). Environmental Protection Agency's office of Wetlands, Oceans, & Watersheds, "The Klamath Basin Ecosystem". www.epa.gov/ecoplaces/part2/region0/site8.html
(m). International Environmental Governance; An International Regime for Protected Areas (IUCN Environmental Law Program, 2004). www.iucn.org/themes/law/pdfdocuments/EPLP49EN.pdf

Link 6
(a). (IBID) Charter, U.N., International Truseeship....
(b). Agenda 21, Chapter 26. www.un.org/esa/sustdev/documents/agenda21/index.htm
(c). International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Part I, Article 1. (1) - (3). might have to type in URL. http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/a_ccpr.htm
(d). (IBID) Sustainable Management of Headwaters Resources.
(e). Sustainable Management of Headwater Resources Introduction, paragraphs 3-5. www.unu.edu/env/water/headwater-resources.pdf

(f). Narobi "Headwater" Declaration for the International Year of Freshwater 2003, (sections 5 & 18 of interest).might have to type in URL.
(g). Federal Register: January 13, 1999 (volume 64, number *), The Presidents Council on Sustainable Development, Action: Notice., Summary: (second paragraph). Page 2260, second paragraph. Executive Summary (vision statement). Introduction: The Journey, paragraphs 1-4. might have to type in URL. http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=1999_register&docid=99-762-filed
(h). Executive Order: Preserve America.
(i). Presidents Forest Plan (Pacific Northwest).www.epa.gov/ecoplaces/part1/site20.html
(j). H.R. 1105, Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act, Sections 603-605.
Click on link. Bill number type H.R. 1105, Click Search, Scroll down to Sec. 603, and click on it. http://thomas.loc.gov/
(k). National Forest Ecosystem Protection Act of 2002, Section 4 (b). Section 6 (a) 1 - 3. Click on link. Bill number type H.R. 652, Click Search, Scroll down to Sec. 4. http://thomas.loc.gov/
(l). (1), Executive Order 13084, 2nd paragraph "unfunded mandates".Scroll down to Ex. Or. 13084 and click on it. www.archives.gov/federal_register/executive_orders/1998.html (2), (IBID) Executive Order 12866, Sections 1 (a), 1 (b), 1b(1) (2) (8).
(m). Strengthening Protected Areas http://www.wri.org/biodiv/gbs-viii.html
(n). Biosphere Reserves, Cultural Diversity and Indigenous Peoples www.unesco.org/mab/wssd.htm
(o). The Klamath Tribes Economic Self Sufficiency Plan www.klamathtribes.org/ESSPWeb03.htm
(p). Klamath Forest Reservation Plan (i.e. Klamath reservation forest plan) see: INFISH, Interforest, LLC, Northwest Forest Plan, Buffer Zones, nothing really done by the Tribe. www.klamathtribes.org/forestplan.htm

Link 7.
(a). Public Law 88-577 (16 U.S.C. 1131-1136), 88th Congress, September 3, 1964, The Wilderness Act, (definition). www.wilderness.nps.gov/document/WildernessAct.pdf
(b) Forest History Society: 1964 Wilderness Act. (President Johnson) will have to type in URL http://www.lib.duke.edu/forest/usfscoll/policy/Wilderness/1964_Wilderness.html
(c)(IBID) Klamath Reservation Forest Plan.
(d). Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan. www.un.org/esa/sustdev/documents/agenda21/index.htm \

Link 8.
(IBID) AgWQMAP. Page 39 (7 - 9)

Link 9.
(IBID) Planned UN biosphere reserve for Klamath.

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