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Discussion in 'Land Use' started by mudfanatic, Apr 28, 2000.

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    American Land Rights Association - Land Rights Network
    PO Box 400 - Battle Ground WA 98604
    Phone: 360-687-3087 - Fax: 360-687-2973 - Email: <alra@pacifier.com> -

    http://www.landrights.org
    Legislative Office: Mike Hardiman - 508 First St SE - Washington DC 20003
    Phone: 202-251-3473 - Fax: 202-543-7126 - Email: hardimanmike@aol.com

    The broadest attack on private property rights and access to federal lands in
    American history is going on RIGHT NOW!!!

    TESTIMONY COMMENT MAILING DEADLINE April 28th.

    This deadline is important because of a legal concept called "laches," or
    "sleeping on your rights." Mailing your TESTIMONY QUESTIONNAIRE on time can
    help protect you.

    SEE USER FRIENDLY TESTIMONY QUESTIONNAIRE BELOW: Later in this text message
    is a Testimony Questionnaire on the new National Forest Roads and
    Transportation Policy. Please read it carefully, answer the statements and
    then send a copy to the Forest Service to the address provided on the
    Testimony Questionnaire. Also send a copy to at least one of your Senators,
    preferably both.

    Keep in mind that while ALRA WOULD AGREE WITH EACH STATEMENT on the Testimony
    Questionnaire, you don't have to. American Land Rights would appreciate you
    sending us a filled out copy of the Testimony Questionnaire as well but that
    is not required.

    We have ALSO SENT THE SAME TESTIMONY QUESTIONNAIRE AS AN ATTACHMENT IN
    MICROSOFT WORD so you can DOWNLOAD IT FULLY FORMATTED or use the text version
    below depending on which way suits your computer. Keep in mind that this is
    YOUR Testimony. IF YOU DON'T LIKE HOW WE'VE SAID SOMETHING, PLEASE FEEL FREE
    TO CHANGE IT. You actually make it more valuable to the Forest Service and
    Congress by doing that.

    HERE IS A CHECKLIST OF WHAT YOU MUST DO:

    Fill out and mail your TESTIMONY QUESTIONNAIRE directly to the Forest Service
    by April 28th. That is so the agency will receive it by May 2nd. ALRA
    agrees with all the statements on the questionnaire, but you don't have to.
    Add personal comments if you can. We recommend that you use the the POST
    OFFICE AND NOT E-MAIL. The Forest Service may not be set up to respond to a
    massive stream of incoming comments. We've had complaints that the Forest
    Service E-mail is not working properly.

    SEND A COPY TO BOTH YOUR SENATORS, and if possible, your Congressman too. You
    can address your Senators at: Honorable ___________ , US Senate, Washington,
    DC 20510. You may call them at (202) 224-31221. Write your Congressman at
    Honorable ________ , US House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515. Ask
    your Senators and Congressmen to request an extension to the comment period.
    Forest Service will publish their NF Roadless Area EIS the middle of May.
    They have not allowed enough time to work out the conflicts between the NF
    Roadless Area Policy, New NF Planning Regulations and the proposed NF Roads
    and Transportation Policy. An extension would allow them to fix the conflicts
    between the policies and set up a more orderly progression that it would be
    easier for all Americans to understand.

    Call or fax your Congressman and both your Senators today. ASK THEM TO OPPOSE
    CARA (HR-701/S-25). Use the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. If your
    Senator or Congressman is a co-sponsor, tell him that you never dreamed he
    would turn against private property rights. YOUR CONGRESSMAN WILL BE IN
    YOURS DISTRICT THIS COMING WEEK. MEET HIM OR HER TO MAKE THEM FAMILIAR WITH
    THE ROADS ISSUE AND HOW CARA WILL FUND MORE WILDERNESS.

    Help American Land Rights GET THE WORD OUT and win by sending a contribution
    to help defeat the Forest Service Roadless, Roads and Planning Regulations as
    well as CARA. We've already mailed over 60, 000 letters about the Roads
    policy alone. Stopping CARA will help block other Gore land use control

    plans. PLEASE CONSIDER A CONTRIBUTION FOR ANY AMOUNT. You are not
    obligated
    in any way to make a contribution.

    Make copies to give out to friends and business associates.

    Please re-send this message to at least five other people - your whole list if
    possible. Copies of the Testimony Questionnaire must get into as many hands
    as possible.

    Bill Clinton and Al Gore are PUSHING A MASSIVE LAND GRAB TO SIEZE OVER TWO
    HUNDRED MILLION ACRES of federal and private land, and lock it up into
    wilderness!

    IT'S A TWO-PRONGED ATTACK - A FOREST SERVICE LAND LOCKUP, AND A $45 BILLION
    DOLLAR LAND GRAB. American Land Rights (ALRA) is committed to fighting back
    and preserving your rights, and I hope you will join us in this fight. MAIL
    YOUR TESTIMONY BY APRIL 28TH.

    FOREST SERVICE . . . AND BLM. . . . . LAND LOCKUP: The Gore team is
    currently imposing new "Proposed Planning Rules," "Roadless Area" and "Roads
    Policies" on all 192 million acres of the National Forest System. These
    "Rules" make the driving principle of every land-use decision on the National
    Forests the "restoration of the forest to a condition before European
    settlement."

    BEFORE EUROPEAN SETTLEMENT??? Yes, that means several hundred years ago.
    Yes, this is as loony as it looks. But these people are serious loonies, so
    this proposal needs to be taken seriously and fought tooth and nail. Every
    single use of your National Forests is threatened by these rules!

    ROADS CLOSED UNLESS POSTED OPEN - The new "rules" will define most roads in
    the National Forests as closed unless they're posted open. It defines roads
    as only "official" maintained roads. All others will be closed, even it they
    have been used for over 100 years!

    NATIONAL MONUMENT PROPOSALS, Endangered Species Areas, UN Biosphere Reserves,
    World Heritage Sites, Ecosystem Management Plans, and other bureaucratic
    gobbledygook are also part of the Land Lockup. The object is to establish
    millions of new acres of wilderness, with no recreational or commercial access
    to federal lands or access for inholders of private property.

    BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE GORE TEAM IS GOING TO APPLY THE SAME "ROADLESS" RULES
    TO BLM LANDS. If they get away with this sneak attack, thousands of BLM acres
    are at risk of QUIETLY being designated as Wilderness.

    $45 BILLION DOLLAR "CARA" LAND GRAB TRUST FUND -- WILL FUND ALL THESE BAD
    IDEAS: This is legislation proposed in Congress, HR 701 in the House and S 25
    in the Senate. It's a combined pork barrel spending bill and massive land
    grab of private property. It proposes to spend $3 billion per year for
    fifteen years including:

    $450 million per year on unlimited adverse condemnation of private property by
    states using CARA funds;

    Most of the $3 billion can be used for land acquisition, much of it by heavy
    handed, back room dealing land trusts like the Nature Conservancy and Trust
    for Public Land;

    $50 million additional per year to enforce the Endangered Species Act,
    threatening all property owners with more claims of threatened species and
    habitats;

    $350 million dollars per year available for animal rights outfits, so they can
    convert private fishing and hunting areas into government owned wilderness
    lock out sportsmen.

    Of course, powerful lobbyists have their finger in the pie. The "Billionaire
    Boys Club" of baseball team owners has carved out a taxpayer subsidy for
    baseball stadium construction! Should you be subsidizing Ted Turner and
    George Steinbrenner?

    BY FUNDING CARA-LANDS LEGACY, YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND SENATORS ARE ACTUALLY
    HELPING AL GORE FUND HIS LAND GRAB AGENDA. CARA-Lands Legacy is an incredible
    threat to all Federal land users and private property owners nationwide. No
    matter whether you are a rancher, farmer, forester, miner, home builder,
    realtor, contractor, or care about family recreation, hunting, fishing and the
    use of off-highway vehicles, you are threatened beyond anything since the
    Endangered Species Act.

    AFTER READING ALL THIS, YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

    HAVE EITHER SIGNED UP TO SPONSOR CARA OR VOTED IN COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT IT.
    He or she may not realize that by signing on as a co-sponsor, they're
    supporting the massive land use controls of the Gore gang like FS Roads and
    Roadless Areas, new monuments and Biosphere Reserves. You better tell them.
    You don't have much time. Your CARA co-sponsors and the first Senate CARA vote
    tally are enclosed.

    THE REPUBLICANS MUST GET THE MESSAGE THAT SELLING OUT TO AL GORE IS NOT WHY
    AMERICA SENT THEM CONGRESS. They must be asked by you and others why they're
    funding the Gore land use control agenda.

    The Forest Service Land Lockup and the CARA-Lands Legacy land grab are the
    greatest threat to Federal lands access and private property in 30 years. It
    doesn't have to happen. Please mail your Testimony Questionnaire quickly.
    There's very little time. Remember, do not fail to mail back both your
    TESTIMONY QUESTIONNAIRE BY FRIDAY APRIL 28TH.

    MAILING DEADLINE FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2000

    TESTIMONY AND COMMENT QUESTIONNAIRE NATIONAL FOREST ROAD MANAGEMENT POLICY

    US SENATE Honorable ___________________________ U. S. Senate

    I am very concerned about the new National Forest Roads Management Policy.
    This covers Forest Service roads not included in the Roadless Area policy.
    It appears to completely reverse the present policy of the Forest Service. Up
    to now, all roads have been open unless posted as closed. The new policy seems
    to close most roads unless they are posted as open. I hope you will consider
    my position as you decide how the Congress is going to respond to this new
    National Forest Roads Management Policy. Please insert my testimony in the
    official record of any hearings you hold on the new policy. I wish that a
    photocopy of this document be considered as valid as the original.
    Specifically, I authorize a copy of this testimony to be placed in the record
    of any US Senate or US House of Representatives hearings on the new National
    Forest Roads Management Policy or the proposed FS Roadless Areas policy.

    OFFICIAL COMMENTS TO THE FOREST SERVICE:

    I am requesting that as my Senator you review my responses to the statements
    below and then forward my comments to the US Forest Service in time to be
    included in their official record of comments.

    Comments must be received in writing by May 2, 2000 addressed to: USFS CAET,
    Attention: Roads, PO Box 221090, Salt Lake City, Utah 84122 or E-mailed to:
    >roads/wo_caet-sic@fs.fed.us< Please circle your answer - You may write
    additional comments by each question or in the comment section on the back.
    Your personal comments make this document more valuable.

    1. It appears that FS Chief Mike Dombeck and the Clinton/Gore Administration
    have crafted a new Natural Resource Agenda that circumvents the legal process,
    Congressional mandates and the public involvement process with the clear
    purpose of shutting down ACCESS to recreation to create huge new Wildnerness
    Areas.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    2. This Natural Resource Agenda changes the Forest Service and natural
    resource mission of all federal agencies, and encourages an off-budget trust
    fund (CARA-Lands Legacy-HR-701/S25) that does not go through the congressional
    appropriations process to help implement that Agenda.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    3. The Natural Resources Agenda has resulted in a Forest Service driven
    policymaking "freight train" of new policies and regulations. Roads,
    roadless, watershed planning, new planning regulations and CARA-Lands Legacy
    funding are all part of this giant land use control Agenda.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    4. The Forest Service is layering one planning process over another. Congress
    MUST stop this tangled web and scheme from steamrolling over the American
    people. There are too many plans and not enough time for public input. The
    result will be large scale "takings" of private property rights and a
    wholesale loss of access to our National Forests.


    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    5. The Roads Management Policy creates defacto Wilderness designations,
    creates a framework for implementation of the Roadless Areas Policy and
    changes the Forest Service mission from multiple use to ecological
    sustainability. This will lead to a new generation of lawsuits, appeals and
    conflict.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    6. Ecological sustainability can not be measured, is considered a scientific
    theory, and is difficult to describe as it relates to National Forests. It is
    used as a benchmark for meeting planning objectives in the proposed New Forest
    Planning Regulations. It will be nearly impossible to implement any land use
    plans with ecological sustainability as the goal.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    7. The Road Management Policy implements the new planning regulations and
    requires a new "ecological sustainability" analysis of all National Forests'
    existing transportation systems. This seems to be designed to entangle each
    forest in a quagmire of delay, litigation and appeals.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    8. The Environmental Assessment completed for the Road Management Policy
    utilizes the Committee of Scientists' definition of ecological sustainability
    included in the Forest Planning Regulations. This definition INCLUDES PRIVATE
    LANDS and does not recognize the impact such a drastic change would have on
    communities and states. Ecosystems do not recognize political boundaries.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    9. This Road Management Policy does not address the social and economic impact
    of the change of designating 75% of all National Forest roads as CLOSED as
    opposed to open to the American recreating public.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    10. The proposed Roads Policy uses an Environmental Assessment to assess the
    impact of this proposal. The impact of this Roads policy is so huge that an
    Environmental Assessment is inadequate. Under NEPA, it demands a full
    Environmental Impact Statement with real public involvement.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    11. The Roads Management Policy is deceptive in projecting that all decisions
    about roads management will be made in local forest plans. The Policy puts
    into place top down requirements for management that appear to illegally amend
    Forest Plans.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    12. This Roads Management Policy is clearly politically driven and is not
    based on scientific data or fact.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    13. The Forest Service says they had over 13.6 million vehicle miles in the
    summer months by recreation visitors in 1996 and they expect a 64% increase by
    the year 2045. This new Roads policy is anti-recreation, limits access and
    makes achieving their 64% increase impossible. This reduction in recreation
    access forces a downward spiral in local small business which then fail,
    creating less economic opportunity from recreation use in communities already
    suffering from earlier generations of shutdowns.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    14. The Forest Service subverts NEPA by using open houses instead of public
    hearings. Open Houses are a thinly veiled attempt to limit the public
    involvement process, minimize controversy and keep the press and public from
    being fully informed. The Roads policy has too short a comment period and
    fails to offer public hearings.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    15. Building any new roads will require an Environmental Impact Statement and
    a Decision by a Regional Forester. This Road Management Policy appears to
    IMPLEMENT the Roadless Proposal and makes the Roadless Proposal Agency Policy
    IMMEDIATELY.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    16. The socio-economic impact of the Roads Management Policy has not been
    analyzed. The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act requires such an
    analysis. Tens of thousands of small businesses depend on access to the
    National Forest System.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    17. The Forest Service "certifies that this policy will not have a significant
    economic impact on a substantial number of small entities." They further claim

    that "the Forest Service road system has no direct or indirect financial or
    other impact on small businesses." These statements do not appear to be
    accurate. I believe the Forest Service must complete a full Regulatory
    Flexibility Analysis on this Road Management Policy.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    18. Small businesses mean thousands of small family owned ranches, recreation
    resorts, ski areas, mines, independent oil and gas operations, forestry
    companies, and retail/service businesses in the National Forest System.
    Small entities also means small governmental jurisdictions which are cities,
    counties, towns, townships, villages, school districts or special districts,
    with a population of less than 50,000.

    AGREE DISAGREE NO OPINION

    (Your written comments here will make this document more valuable.)
    (If needed, use additional sheets or attach a personal letter.)

    To validate your comments please fill in completely (PRINT) and be sure to
    sign.

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