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Federal Land Grabs Violate Basic Rights

American Land Rights, Federal gov & land grabs

Freedom Outpost.com

“Time and time again, the Federal government has breached its promises with respect to the public lands.  Western states are moving to compel the Federal government to honor the same promise it made and kept with all states east of Colorado: to timely dispose of the public lands so they can be managed by those whose lives and livelihoods depend upon the wide management of those lands.”  – American Lands Council

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Federal Land Grabs Violate Basic Rights

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Watchdog group accuses Utah lawmaker of fraud in soliciting funds for lands fight

American Land Rights, Greenies & grant $

Deseret News.com

Published: Monday, June 1 2015 5:52 p.m. MDT

Updated: 3 hours ago

SALT LAKE CITY — A watchdog group wants the Utah attorney general to investigate whether a state lawmaker is fraudulently soliciting funds in his effort to force the federal government to transfer public lands to the state.

The Campaign for Accountability, based in Washington, D.C., filed complaints Monday against Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, in Utah, Montana and Arizona. It claims Ivory is making false promises to induce local governments in Western states to become paying members of the American Lands Council.

Ivory works as president of the non-profit group, which is made up of counties, businesses and people who advocate for local control of public lands.

“Ken Ivory has relied on his position and authority as a Utah state legislator to persuade unsuspecting local officials that if they contribute taxpayer dollars to his charity, they can help their states acquire federal land and increase revenues,” Anne Weismann, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability, said in a press release.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office said it is reviewing the complaint. “Our office takes allegations of fraud very seriously as evidenced by recent high profile white collar cases we have filed,” said spokeswoman Missy Larsen.

Ivory brushed it off as “desperate bullying.”

“These types of organizations have just destroyed Western public lands through this kind of litigation and bullying tactics,” he said. “They’re so afraid of the success that the transfer of public lands movement is having that they’re stooping to these kinds of bullying tactics because they can’t tolerate basic political debate.”

Ivory sponsored the Transfer of Public Lands Act that passed the Utah Legislature in 2012, the same year the American Lands Council was formed.

The non-profit Campaign for Accountability, which says it uses research, litigation and aggressive communications to expose misconduct and malfeasance in public life, notes that legislative attorneys have said Ivory’s solution has a high probability of being found unconstitutional. It also points out that an Ivins City Council position paper shows a land transfer would pose complex economic challenges for the state.

Ivory, an attorney, said the group “conveniently” ignores a BYU Law Review article and other legal opinions that conclude the federal government has a duty to dispose of the land.

The American Lands Council raises money by offering memberships to individuals, businesses and counties that range from $50 a year to $25,000 a year.

The organization took in about $228,000 in 2013, according to its most recently filed tax forms. Ivory was paid $95,000 in salary, and his wife, Rebecca Ivory, received $19,715 as communications director. In 2012, the American Lands Council raised about $123,000, and paid Ivory a $40,000 salary.

“It’s a fledgling organization that’s devoted to education. I’m the primary educator, and so they pay my salary,” he said.

Ivory said he has set aside his law practice, making his work for the American Lands Council largely his primary job. Ivory said his pay is a small fraction of the salaries that environmental groups pay their top officers.

Utah has led several western states in a renewed push over the past few years to take control of public lands managed by the federal government. State officials argue the state would be a better manager and local control would allow Utah to make money from taxes and development rights on those acres.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629867/Watchdog-group-accuses-Utah-lawmaker-of-fraud-in-soliciting-funds-for-lands-fight.html

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Call U.S. Senators to vote YES on Barrasso WOTUS Bill S 2496 — EPA issue

American Land Rights, Clean Water ACT - EPA

From: Land Rights Network

American Land Rights Association

PO Box 400 – Battle Ground, WA 98604

Phone: 360-687-3087 – Fax: 360-687-2973

E-mail: alra@pacifier.com

Web Address: http://www.landrights.org

Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE – Washington, DC 20003

Save the “Navigable” EPA Corps Limit in the Clean Water Act.

Big danger coming in the form of the Congressional Lame Duck

session after the election.

Call both your Senators to get them to commit to vote YES on Barrasso
WOTUS Bill S 2496 when it comes up for a vote in the Lame Duck Session
of Congress after the election.

EPA and Corps of Engineers are trying to undermine or eliminate the
term “Navigable” in the Clean Water Act. EPA and Corps are trying
to impose new regulations to take control of all the water in the US
(which means all the land too).

This is the Largest Land Grab in history.

You must put pressure on your Senators to make a commitment before the
election on how they will vote on the Barrasso Bill, S 2496.

Get them to commit to support the “Navigable” limit on EPA and
Corps of Engineers.

Most Democrat Senators are trying to avoid a vote on the Barrasso
(R-WY) bill (S 2496) that would protect “Navigable” limit in the
Clean Water Act and take away the funds for the New EPA and Corps
Wetlands Jurisdiction Regulations now in their final comment period.

You must press both your Senators to support the Barrasso Bill (S
2496) to take away the funding for the new EPA Corps Wetlands
Jurisdiction Regulations.

Senate Action Items below.

Senators think they can come back in the Lame Duck Session after the
election and vote any way they want to without worrying about your
views. You must make it clear that you will be watching closely. Try
to get your Senators to take a position before the election. If they
waffle, it’s likely they will vote to oppose the Barrasso Bill (S
2496)

The House passed its bill.

By a 262 – 152 margin, the U.S. House approved HR 5078, a bill that
would block funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
the Corps of Engineers to implement their controversial regulations to
expand Federal jurisdiction over all lands and waters under the 1972
Clean Water Act.

Nationally, 227 republicans and 35 democrats supported the bill, and
152 democrats and 1 republican voted against it.

EPA’s proposed 88-page proposed regulations stem from the failure of
Congress to approve the Clean Water Restoration Act, authored by
former Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN) and former Senator Russ
Feingold (D-WI). This became a defining issue in the defeat of the
36-year incumbent Oberstar in 2010 as well as Senator Feingold.

The EPA proposed regulations will adversely affect and cause more red
tape and bureaucracy for every segment of the US economy, including
agriculture, forestry, energy, mining, outdoor recreation and every
type of business as well rural communities.

On the Senate side, Wyoming Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) has sponsored
a similar bill (S 2496). The “Protecting Water and Property Rights
Act of 2014,” with 38 Senate co-sponsors.

S.2496 would protect the “Navigable” limit in the Clean Water Act.

The Senate will return for a Lame Duck Session.

Senate Action Items:

—–1. Call, fax and e-mail both your Senators to urge them to vote
to defund (stop) the new EPA and Corps of Engineers regulations. They
are coming back for a Lame Duck session after the election.

—–2. There must be a groundswell of opposition to the EPA Corps
Wetlands Jurisdiction Regulations before the election. The issue is
often referred to in Congress as WOTUS. Your Senator will be coming
home to run for reelection.

Call his office at (202) 224-3121 to ask for his or her October
schedule as we approach the election.

Be sure to attend one or more of these meetings and ask how he will
vote on the EPA Corps of Engineers Wetlands Regulations Bill (WOTUS)
called the Barrasso Bill (S 2496). It is critical to put your Senators
on the spot before the election.

—–3. Ask for a commitment from both your Senators to support and
vote for the Barrasso EPA Corps Wetlands Bill (S 2496) during the Lame
Duck session after the election. You have more leverage before the
election.

—–4. Forward this message to at least 10 other people, your whole
network if possible.

—–5. Please forward this message to your local and state officials.

—–6. Tape this page to your refrigerator door.

See Below How Your Senator Voted On the Wetlands Jurisdiction Test
Vote in 2013. Senator Barrasso tried to amend his bill to another bill
to force a vote. While it failed to get the 3/5 majority required in
the test vote, it told us that a majority were likely to support the
Barrasso Bill if we could get a straight up or down vote on the
Barrasso bill.

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Stand against San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

American Land Rights, Federal gov & land grabs

From:

Land Rights Network

American Land Rights Association

PO Box 400 – Battle Ground, WA 98604

Phone: 360-687-3087 – Fax: 360-687-2973

E-mail: alra@pacifier.com

Web Address: http://www.landrights.org

Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE – Washington, DC 20003

All Out Call To Action, Call, Write and E-mail President Obama

Save Recreation and Access – Join Demonstration Against Monument

Stop San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

President Obama Coming to Los Angeles October 7th or later.

May designate San Gabriel Mountains as a New National Monument.
Opponents of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument To Demonstrate Against Monument Monday, October 6th.

White House Action Items: Contact President Obama the following ways.
You can chose one or do all of them. You want to deluge the White House every day for the next week to make sure your message gets through. Call your friends and neighbors to get them to call and write.

To call the White House call (202) 456-1414.

Call the White House comment line: (202) 456-1111

—–e-mail President: To President@whitehouse.gov

—–send a message using WhiteHouse.gov

—–comments@whitehouse.gov

—–vice-president@whitehouse.gov

Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitehouse —

Twitter handles: @Whitehouse @BarackObama

Even if you don’t live in Southern California, please make your calls and send your e-mails. This is a team game. We all have to stand up for each other against a massively expanding government.

If you know someone in Southern California, call them and urge them to make their calls and attend the demonstration.

Join the Demonstration Against the Monument

Subject: ALL HANDS ON DECK! PREPARE TO SPEAK OUT!

When: Monday, Oct 6th at 2pm

Where: Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Office

Pasadena District Office, 527 S. Lake Ave, Suite 106, Pasadena, CA
91101

Fill your cars up with people, bring your signs and make your voice heard!

Please call (360) 687-3087 for more information or e-mail ccushman@landrights.org <mailto:ccushman@landrights.org>

Stop Rep. Judy Chu’s San Gabriel National Recreation Area Act, HR
4858

Goal Of Green Groups To Convert To A National Park and Off Limits Wilderness

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Stop the proposed San Gabriel Mt. National Monument

American Land Rights, Federal gov & land grabs

Land Rights Network

American Land Rights Association

PO Box 400 – Battle Ground, WA 98604

Phone: 360-687-3087 – Fax: 360-687-2973

E-mail: alra@pacifier.com

Web Address: http://www.landrights.org

Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE – Washington, DC 20003

Obama Using National Monuments as Election Trading Stock

Secret Obama Monument Plan Set To Grab Over 21 Million Acres

Stop the Proposed San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

See a map of the proposed Rim of the Valley National Park which is part of the Monument area by going to www.landrights.org and scrolling down to the bottom of the home page. Look for “Rim of the Valley near the bottom of the Home Page” This map is large enough that you can find your property. It covers all of the Angeles National Forest and a portion of the San Bernardino National Forest.

White House Action Items:

—–A. Contact President Obama the following ways. You can chose one or do all of them. You want to deluge the White House to make sure your message gets through. Call your friends and neighbors to get them to call and write.

To call the White House call (202) 456-1414

To call the White House comment line: (202) 456-1111

—–e-mail President: To President@whitehouse.gov

—–send a message using WhiteHouse.gov

—–comments@whitehouse.gov —–vice-president@whitehouse.gov

Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitehouse

Twitter handles: @Whitehouse @BarackObama

—–B. Tape this message to your refrigerator door to remind you.

—–C. Critical — Call both your Senators and your Congressman to ask for more public meetings about the San Gabriel Mountains NRA and the giant San Gabriel Mountains National Monument takeover. Call any Senator at (202) 224-3121. Call any Congressman at (202) 225-3121.
Tell them to tell the President “No National Monument in the San Gabriel Mountains around Los Angeles.”

See a map of the proposed Rim of the Valley National Park by going to www.landrights.org and scrolling down to the bottom of the home page.
Look for “Rim of the Valley.” This map is large enough that you can find your property. It covers all of the Angeles National Forest and a portion of the San Bernardino National Forest.

For more information contact American Land Rights at (360) 687-3087 or ccushman@landrights.org

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Nevada rancher’s kin take grazing fight to sheriff

2nd Amendment rights, Agriculture, American Land Rights, Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs, Police State or SWAT teams, Politicians & agencies, Property rights, PROTESTS, Threats to agriculture

Ammon Bundy, son of rancher Cliven Bundy files a criminal complaint against the Bureau of Land Management at Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, Friday, May 2, 2014 in Las Vegas. Last month, federal agents launched a cattle roundup on the Bundy ranch after they refused a court order to remove their cattle from public land and pay a grazing fee. Chris Carlson / AP Photo

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/02/4093842/rancher-is-taking-grazing-fight.html#storylink=cpy

Associated Press

Family members and other supporters took a Nevada rancher’s grazing rights fight against the U.S. government to the sheriff in Las Vegas on Friday, filing reports alleging crimes by federal agents against people protesting a roundup of cattle from public land.

Rancher Cliven Bundy wasn’t among those who filed handwritten complaints with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department — the agency with jurisdiction over Bundy’s ranch in the Bunkerville area and much of Clark County.

Sheriff Douglas Gillespie said through a department spokesman that the complaints would be investigated and any appropriate criminal charges would be turned over to the Clark County district attorney.

In encampments around the Bundy ranch, self-described militia members from around the country continue to camp with handguns on their hips and heavier weaponry within reach in a show of support for Bundy.

But no weapons were seen Friday among those who responded to his call for supporters and witnesses of a tense April 12 standoff beneath an Interstate 15 overpass — and lesser confrontations in preceding days — to file complaints against U.S. Bureau of Land Management police.

Ammon Bundy of Phoenix headed a delegation of three Bundy sons, two sisters and perhaps 15 other supporters who filed reports accusing Bureau of Land Management agents of wielding high-powered weapons, using attack dogs and stun guns, closing public lands, blocking roads, harassing photographers and threatening people.

“We fervently hope and pray that these heavy-handed tactics will not be used on us or any other Americans ever again,” Ammon Bundy said as he read a three-page media statement at the door of police headquarters.

“Will our sheriff keep his oath this time and use his lawful forces to stop them?” Bundy asked. “Or will the people be left to their own protection?”

Ammon Bundy said Cliven Bundy didn’t join supporters Friday in Las Vegas because he previously filed a complaint asking Gillespie to investigate.

Gillespie didn’t immediately respond to questions about Ammon Bundy’s comments.

Bureau of Land Management officials have accused Cliven Bundy of failing to pay grazing fees for 20 years, racking up more than $1.1 million in fees and penalties, and failing to abide by court orders to remove his cattle from vast open range that is habitat for the endangered desert tortoise.

The agency responded to the filing of police reports with a wry statement.

“We welcome Mr. Bundy’s new interest in the American legal system,” spokesman Craig Leff wrote.

Openly carrying a pistol or rifle is legal in Nevada, and permit holders can carry concealed weapons.

Ammon Bundy credited armed guardians with coming to the aid of his family when the sheriff in Las Vegas would not. He also worried that armed federal agents who pulled out after the standoff nearly three weeks ago will return to Bunkerville.

“Will they come back with greater force and more cunning tactics than before?” he asked.

Hundreds of people and law enforcement officers were involved in the April 12 incident. Las Vegas police officers massed nearby but remained on the sidelines while department brass negotiated a truce between Cliven Bundy and the BLM.

Well-armed bureau police and a group of roundup contractors faced off against protesters backed by a picket line of militia members on the overpass displaying handguns, AR-15 and AK-47 and other military-style arms.

“It was the most frightening thing in my life, to have federal agents of my government pointing guns at me,” said John Lauricella, 44, a Las Vegas resident who backs Bundy and said he was in the potential crossfire.

“I was walking right in the front,” he said. “They said, ‘Keep walking and we’re going to shoot you.'”

Lauricella said he filed a police report Friday accusing federal agents of violating his civil rights.

In the end, the BLM released about 350 Bundy cattle that had been rounded up during the previous week then left the area near Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

“We believe that the BLM men who pointed guns at over 1,000 people … committed a criminal act and that the Clark County sheriff’s office should be required to investigate,” Cliven Bundy and his wife, Carol, said in an overnight email asking supporters to file police reports.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, who lives in Las Vegas and represents Bunkerville and Mesquite, has also called for federal authorities and Gillespie to investigate the gun-toting force that Horsford said was frightening for residents.

After the standoff, Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada branded Bundy supporters who pointed weapons at federal agents “domestic terrorists.” Nevada Republican U.S. Senator Dean Heller called them patriots.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/02/4093842/rancher-is-taking-grazing-fight.html#storylink=cpy

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Fighting the feds since 1978

American Land Rights

Land Rights Network

American Land Rights Association

PO Box 400 – Battle Ground, WA 98604

Phone: 360-687-3087 – Fax: 360-687-2973

E-mail: alra@pacifier.com

Web Address: http://www.landrights.org

Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE – Washington, DC 20003

December 30, 2013

 

It’s never too late.

In two days, the big ball in Times Square will drop. Confetti will fly. Champagne will flow. We’ll post new 2014 calendars on walls. It’s been quite a year.

 

American Land Rights has led a lot of fights to protect your private property rights since 1978. ALRA is currently leading the fight against the EPA and the Corps of Engineers attempted takeover of all the waters in the United States and all activities affected by those waters.

 

By stopping the EPA and Corps, American Land Rights protected the private property rights of millions of Americans, most of whom don’t know they’re in jeopardy.

 

We’ve got a divided government. A Republican led House with a Democrat led Senate and the Presidency in the hands of President Obama.

 

That’s way better than one party having the complete control as they did in 2009 when Congress passed the law creating the Affordable Care Act with no Republican support.

 

American Land Rights has continued to fight to stop massive land acquisition by the Federal Government and the expansion of land use controls affecting every American.

 

Americans continue to support a government that lives within the limits of the Constitution. They want a government that serves the people, not a country of Americans beholden to their government.

 

American Land Right’s mission — for nearly 35 years — has had a singular focus; to serve as one of America’s leading defenders of private property rights and the use of Federal lands. American Land Rights has continued to fight for rural America against those who would take your rights and your land and impose excessive land use controls.

 

ALRA is one of a number of “Davids” fighting the “Goliaths” of big government. But our work never ends. As long as those running government agencies from City Hall to Capitol Hill exert power they don’t possess to control the lives and liberties of Americans, ALRA and donors like you are needed to push back.

 

*Here Are More Threats Coming At You*

 

—–*New Endangered Species Act Land Grab* based on habitat for the *Sage Grouse* that could take over millions of acres just like the Spotted Owl did.

—–*More* *New National Monuments;*

—–*New National Blueways program *

*—–National Wildlands land grab;*

—–New Wilderness study areas;

—–Treasured Landscapes Initiative;

—–America’s Great Outdoors Campaign;

—–New BLM Land Use Planning/Wilderness expansion; and —–Expansion of the use of Eminent domain and Condemnation.

—–Expansion of funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund to wipe out private landowners.

 

It’s never too late to help ALRA with a year-end contribution to cover the valuable consulting advice ALRA provides you throughout the year with our e-mails, letters, faxes and personal phone calls.

 

Time is ticking. December 31 is the last day of the year and the deadline for making a contribution to American Land Rights for 2013.

Your year-end contribution to American Land Rights is a contribution to freedom and individual liberty.

 

Our members send their support all the way from $10 to far larger amounts. Any amount is appreciated and helps the cause. You must do what is in your heart and what you can afford. Please write your check to allow American Land Rights to continue our work and mail it today.

 

Giving to freedom has never been easier. Your contribution for $1,000, $500, $200, $100, $50, $30 or any other amount will help American Land Rights protect you and hold back the flood of bureaucratic red tape the Federal agencies and extreme green groups continue to push.

 

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Join or donate:

 

Please support American Land Rights by visiting our membership page http://www.landrights.org/members.htm

 to join or donate.”

 

If you wish to simply join ALRA you may mail your check for $35 ($25 if you are a first time member) to American Land Rights, PO Box 400, Battle Ground, WA 98604.

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From American Land Rights on DOI Assistant Secretary

American Land Rights, Federal gov & land grabs

Urgent: Call Your Senators Today To Stop Rhea Sun Suh Green Grab

The Greens are grabbing the Park Service, Fish & Wildlife and Land and Water Conservation Fund.

See action items at the bottom of Ron Arnolds article on Suh.

From the Washington Examiner:

Another Big Green power player moves up in Obama’s Washington

BY RON ARNOLD | OCTOBER 31, 2013

TOPICS:

BARACK OBAMA

INTERIOR

BIG GOVERNMENT

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

President Obama this week nominated Rhea Sun Suh to be the Department of the Interior’s assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks, a move that has brought shudders to ranchers, miners, timber harvesters and energy workers nationwide, particularly in the West.

(ALRA-Also private property owners are worried.)

The reason is that this high post controls both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

Those two large agencies have a track record of appalling behavior that ranges from massively coercing private property away from thousands of owners, to faking science for new regulations, to cozy sue-and-settle lawsuits with not-so-former green group colleagues.

Suh is presently Interior’s assistant secretary for policy, management and budget, a position she came to in 2009.

With the arrogant Obama administration already overstocked with autocratic, intransigent, unaccountable agency heads, this nominee requires close scrutiny. Who is Rhea Sun Suh?

She’s a native of Boulder, Colorado, educated at Barnard College and Harvard University, and served as senior legislative aide to Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who switched from Democrat to Republican during her tenure.

Republicans should note that Suh told a reporter that she found the move “personally challenging,” not a bipartisan epiphany. She resigned the next year.

In 1998, Suh was hired as a program officer of the Big Green megabucks William and Flora Hewlett Foundation — current assets, $7.4 billion

($1.9 billion in 1998), according to the database CitizenAudit, created by the /Washington Examiner/’s Luke Rosiak.

At Hewlett, Suh managed their multimillion-dollar Western grants portfolio, doling out hundreds of thousands to green groups who sued the government to block productive ventures and usurp private property rights at the federal, state and local levels from the Dakotas to Texas to the Pacific — and even helped outlaw production in 21 million acres now called the “Great Bear Rainforest” in British Columbia, Canada.

With the Hewlett job came a membership to the 200-plus-member Environmental Grantmakers Association, a major nerve center and force-multiplier of Big Green’s foundation netwar capacity.

Writer Eve Pell argued in 1990 in Mother Jones Magazine, “by deciding which organizations get money, the grant-makers help set the agenda of the environmental movement and influence the programs that activists carry out.” That was 1990. It’s practically total control today.

The ferocity of EGA denizens can be gauged by an applause line from Canadian academic and activist David Suzuki’s keynote speech at their 1992 annual retreat: “The planet is under siege by the deadliest predator ever known in the history of life on earth.”

That would be you and me, of course, and all other human beings.

Well, predator Suh involved herself deeply in the EGA, serving for many years on assorted committees as chairman and vice-chairman.

In 2007, Suh became Conservation and Science Program Officer at Big Green money machine David and Lucile Packard Foundation ($6.3 billion current assets, $6.6 billion in 2007, according to CitizenAudit).

She continued blocking productive ventures, particularly in the Feather River region of California’s Sierra Nevada.

In her present Interior job, Suh led diplomatic negotiations for an international agreement that will permanently prevent oil, gas and mineral production in the Flathead River basin in the U.S. and Canada.

She dismantled Interior’s production-oriented Minerals Management Service and replaced it with three industry-punishment fiefdoms after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Astoundingly, Suh used her keynote speech at the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s 25th anniversary retreat last year to invite its wealthy elites to use her position to advance their grantees.

“I look forward to working with you, my colleagues, mentors and friends, to utilize the skills and talents of the EGA community to advance a more resilient world and a resilient movement.”

That’s appalling – “to advance the movement,” not America.

Suh’s magisterial allegiance to Big Green is chilling.

The Senate must not misjudge this nominee. She is a brilliant and passionately dedicated ideologue, a master manager and consummate strategist.

Would she be able to run the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service? Oh, yes. She — and every Big Green group she ever bankrolled — would rule them.

End of Ron Arnold’s Washington Examiner article.

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Nov. 6 Deadline – EPA Corps Jurisdiction Comment Questionnaire –

American Land Rights, Clean Water ACT - EPA, Federal gov & land grabs

Land Rights Network

American Land Rights Association

PO Box 400 – Battle Ground, WA 98604

Phone: 360-687-3087 – Fax: 360-687-2973

E-mail: alra@pacifier.com

Web Address: http://www.landrights.org

Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE – Washington, DC 20003

* *

Urgent Action Required.

Fill Out And Send by e-mail today. The instructions are below.

***Be sure to e-mail your comments even if you are late.

***Be sure to make these comments from you. Take off all references to the American Land Rights Association of Chuck Cushman. ALRA is simply giving you an easy pathway to follow.

*Be sure to forward this comment questionnaire to at least 10* other people. Your whole list if possible.

Below are sample comments for the new EPA Corps Wetlands Jurisdiction report and new EPA Corps Wetlands Jurisdiction Regulations that you can edit and change to fit your views.

American Land Rights agrees with the comments but you don’t have to.

***You should have received an e-mail alert from American Land Rights a week or two ago about the new EPA Corps Wetlands Jurisdiction report and regulations. *Here are the tools to help you* *make your comments for the Official Record of the EPA Comment

Period.*

*Don’t let EPA undermine the “Navigable Waters”* *requirement in the Clean Water Act that limit the EPA and Corps to jurisdiction over “Navigable Waters.”*

Don’t allow EPA and Corps to try to bypass the several Supreme Court Decisions that have emphasized the limits to EPA power.

*If you fail to comment you could lose rights under the legal concept of “laches” or “sleeping on your rights.”*

* *

It’s critical that you send comments to preserve your right to file suit or be part of a suit sometime in the future. You may not plan to sue now but you don’t know what the final new regulations will say or what rights they may deprive you of. By sending comments by e-mail you preserve your rights for the future.

When finished editing, please e-mail them to the EPA as your comments to the proposed regulations. You may use all or part of the comments below to help give you ideas. Add your personal comments to make sure EPA pays attention to them. Your personal comments are critical to make this document effective. . The e-mail addresses are below.

Email your comments to EPA with a copy to American Land Rights.

We’ll be sending it on to Congress. You can should send a copy of your comments to your Congressman and both Senators

*Written comments must be received by EPA by November 6th.* They will be considered for both the Public Meeting to be held by the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Panel on December 16-18 and then for the regulations themselves being drafted by the SAB Panel.

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Written statements should be identified by Docket ID No.

EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0582 and submitted to the Docket at /www.regulations.gov <http://www.regulations.gov/> / by one of the following methods:

· /www.regulations.gov <http://www.regulations.gov/> :/ Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

· /Email:/ /Docket_OEI@epa.gov <mailto:Docket_OEI@epa.gov>

/: Include the docket number in the subject line of the message.

· /E/-mail a copy of your comments to American Land Rights at:

alra@pacifier.com <mailto:alra@pacifier.com>

· /Fax:/ (202) 566-9744

· /Mail:/ Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket (Mail

Code: 28221T), Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0582, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.

The phone number is (202) 566-1752.

For additional information about EPA’s public docket, visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at /http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm

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*FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: *

Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the public meeting may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone at (202) 564-2155 or via email at /armitage.thomas@epa.gov <mailto:armitage.thomas@epa.gov> /. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at /http://www.epa.gov/sab /.

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*See How Your Senator Voted On EPA Corps Wetlands Bill Test Vote*

Agriculture, American Land Rights

Land Rights Network

American Land Rights Association

PO Box 400 – Battle Ground, WA 98604

Phone: 360-687-3087 – Fax: 360-687-2973

E-mail: alra@pacifier.com

Web Address: http://www.landrights.org

Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE – Washington, DC 20003

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*See How Your Senator Voted On EPA Corps Wetlands Bill Test Vote*

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*Barrasso Bill Will Save “Navigable” Language In Clean Water Act*

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*Stop New EPA Corps Wetlands Jurisdiction Guidance Regulations*

Support Senator Barrasso’s Preserve The Waters Of The US Act

See Below How Your Senator Voted On Wetlands Jurisdiction Test Vote

*Stop EPA & Corps Of Engineers From Effectively Removing “Navigable” From Clean Water Act*

Barrasso Preserve The Waters Of The US Act Talking Points (Save “Navigable” Language): (Bill to be introduced shortly)

—–1. The EPA and Army Corps are trying to sneak new “Guidance Regulations” through that would effectively neutralize the requirement that the EPA and Corps have jurisdiction over “Navigable Waters”.

The EPA and Army Corps are trying to *gain jurisdiction over all waters of the United S*tates *and all activities affecting all waters of the United States. That must not be allowed to happen. *

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—–2. The EPA and Army Corp’s Clean Water Act Jurisdictional guidance allows these agencies to regulate waters now considered entirely under state jurisdiction.

—–3. Agriculture, commercial and residential real estate development, electric transmission, transportation, energy development and mining will all be affected and thousands of jobs will be lost.

—–4. Thousands of small communities would be strangled. *Any action taken by you on your water could require a permit from the Corps of

Engineers.*

The Barrasso Bill will prevent EPA and Corps from using their new Guidance Regulations to change legal responsibilities under the Clean Water Act and prevents the EPA and the Corps from issuing similar guidance regulations in the future.

*–Regulation through Guidance:* By issuing a guidance document as opposed to going through the rulemaking process, EPA and the Corps are bypassing the necessary public outreach required under the Administrative Procedures Act and failing to fully consider the legal, economic, and unforeseen consequences of their actions.

*–Increasing Permits: *EPA and the Corps affirm that this guidance will result in an increase in jurisdictional determinations that will result in an increased need for permits. In addition to more Corps

§404 permits, State permitting authorities will be faced with more NPDES permits and more entities will be subject to Clean Water Act

(CWA) requirements.

*–Applies to all CWA Programs:* In addition to the Corps §404 dredge and fill permits, the guidance applies to all CWA programs including

§303 water quality standards, §401 state water quality certifications, §311 Oil Pollution Act (including SPCC), and §402 program (including NPDES permits, pesticide general permit, and storm water).

*–Negative Economic and Job Impacts:* Additional regulatory costs associated with changes in jurisdiction and increases in permits will erect bureaucratic barriers to economic growth, negatively impacting rural roads, road construction, farms, ranches, small businesses, commercial development, and energy production, to name a few. (Over,

please)

*–Assault on Private Property Rights:* Expanding federal control over intrastate waters will substantially interfere with the ability of individual landowners to use their property.

*–Negative Impact on State on Local Governments:* Changes to the “Waters of the U.S.” definition may have far-reaching effects and unintended consequences on a number of state and local programs. The guidance creates significant unfunded mandates and preempts state and local authority.

*–Conflicts with Supreme Court Rulings:* The guidance uses an overly broad interpretation of the /Rapanos /Supreme Courtdecision. The effect is virtually all wet areas that connect in any way to navigable waters are jurisdictional. Both the plurality opinion and Kennedy rejected this assertion in /Rapanos/.

*Tape This Page To Your Refrigerator*

*Wetlands Test Vote* –Barrasso Clean Water Act Amendment (No.

868)–Vote Number: 119 Vote Date: May 14, 2013

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*Required For Majority: 3/5Vote Result:* *Amendment Rejected* S.Amdt. 868 to S. 601 (Water Resources Development Act of 2013)

Results: YEAs 52 – NAYs 44 — Not Voting 4

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*(Did Not Achieve 3/5 Required For Passage)*

*YEAs* —52

Alexander (R-TN)

Ayotte (R-NH)

Barrasso (R-WY)

Begich (D-AK)

Blunt (R-MO)

Boozman (R-AR)

Burr (R-NC)

Chambliss (R-GA)

Coats (R-IN)

Coburn (R-OK)

Cochran (R-MS)

Collins (R-ME)

Corker (R-TN)

Cornyn (R-TX)

Crapo (R-ID)

Cruz (R-TX)

Donnelly (D-IN)

Enzi (R-WY)

Fischer (R-NE)

Flake (R-AZ)

Graham (R-SC)

Grassley (R-IA)

Hagan (D-NC)

Hatch (R-UT)

Heitkamp (D-ND)

Heller (R-NV)

Hoeven (R-ND)

Inhofe (R-OK)

Isakson (R-GA)

Johanns (R-NE)

Johnson (R-WI)

Kirk (R-IL)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Lee (R-UT)

Manchin (D-WV)

McCain (R-AZ)

McCaskill (D-MO)

McConnell (R-KY)

Moran (R-KS)

Paul (R-KY)

Portman (R-OH)

Pryor (D-AR)

Risch (R-ID)

Roberts (R-KS)

Rubio (R-FL)

Scott (R-SC)

Sessions (R-AL)

Shelby (R-AL)

Thune (R-SD)

Toomey (R-PA)

Vitter (R-LA)

Wicker (R-MS)

*NAYs* —44

Baldwin (D-WI)

Baucus (D-MT)

Bennet (D-CO)

Blumenthal (D-CT)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Casey (D-PA)

Coons (D-DE)

Cowan (D-MA)

Durbin (D-IL)

Feinstein (D-CA)

Franken (D-MN)

Gillibrand (D-NY)

Harkin (D-IA)

Heinrich (D-NM)

Hirono (D-HI)

Johnson (D-SD)

Kaine (D-VA)

King (I-ME)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Leahy (D-VT)

Levin (D-MI)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Merkley (D-OR)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murphy (D-CT)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Rockefeller (D-WV)

Sanders (I-VT)

Schatz (D-HI)

Schumer (D-NY)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Tester (D-MT)

Udall (D-CO)

Udall (D-NM)

Warner (D-VA)

Warren (D-MA)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

Wyden (D-OR)

*Not Voting* – 4

Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Murkowski (R-AK)

Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

*Don’t let EPA and Corps get away with going around Congress and the Supreme Court on Clean Water Act jurisdiction. Save the word “Navigable” in the Clean Water Act.*

American Land Rights Action Items:

—–1. Call, fax and e-mail both your Senators at (202) 224-3121.

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