Secret Document Reveals ObAMA Considering 13 Million Acre Land Grab

Date: 02/19/2010 BRC NATIONWIDE ACTION ALERT

SECRET DOCUMENT REVEALS OBAMA CONSIDERING 13 MILLION ACRE LAND GRAB

ANTIQUITIES ACT ABUSES MUST END - ACTION ITEM BELOW

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber

If you had a chance to stop the Clinton Administration from designating all those Monuments, would you take it?

The Obama Administration is well on its way to match former President Clinton's Monument designation spree. Thanks to a whistle-blower in the Department of the Interior, a secret Obama administration plan to grab 13 million acres of public and private lands across 11 western states has been exposed.

The secret document indicates the DOI is operating on the assumption that the Monuments will be designated, even so far as to budgeting funds for purchasing private land inholdings. That's why we need your help today.

BRC is requesting that Congress pass legislation that provides some sort of mechanism or process for Congressional review of Antiquities Act proclamations, and also for a method for State and local input before any designation takes place.

In the meantime, we need our members to immediately contact their congressional representatives and ask them to go on record as opposing any unilateral action by the administration.

Ric has put together another one of our INSANELY EASY 3 - Step Action Items, so it won't take more than 3 or 4 minutes out of your day.

Thank you in advance for your action.

Brian Hawthorne Ric Foster

Public Lands Policy Director Public Lands Department Manager

208-237-1008 ext 102 208-237-1008 ext 107

PS: Check out "MORE INFO FROM THE WEB" at the bottom of the alert.

BRC NATIONWIDE ACTION ALERT

SECRET DOCUMENT REVEALS OBAMA CONSIDERING 13 MILLION ACRE LAND GRAB

ANTIQUITIES ACT ABUSES MUST END - ACTION ITEM BELOW

SITUATION:

A recently obtained internal document from the Department of the Interior (DOI) shows the Obama Administration is considering using the Antiquities Act to grab 13 million acres of public and private lands in 11 western states as National Monuments without any public review or opportunity to comment. Obama is considering Monuments in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

( http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/National_Monuments.pdf )

Many of these lands are home to world class motorized and non-motorized recreation destinations. The Antiquities Act allows the President to establish National Monuments that replace multiple use management with a preservationist directive.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

BRC'S THREE-STEP ACTION ITEM

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS:

NOTE: Please be polite and, if possible, make your comments as personal as you can.

STEP 1: Click on the following link to go to BRC's Rapid Response Center.

http://www.sharetrails.org/rapid_response/ and in the "Contact Lawmakers"

box type your zip code and click GO. Click on your representative's name

and then click on the Contact tab to locate their phone number.

Follow the same steps for each senator.

STEP 2: When you call, use the talking points below to help make your point.

Be brief and polite, but make sure the staff person understands you OPPOSE

new National Monuments.

STEP 3: Take just a minute to forward this alert to friends and family and ask them

to do the same.

TALKING POINTS

A recently obtained internal document from the Department of the Interior (DOI) shows the Obama Administration is considering using the Antiquities Act to designate National Monuments on 13 million acres of public and private lands in 11 western states.

I am asking you to go on record as opposing any unilateral monument designations by the Administration. Also, I want you to sponsor or co-sponsor legislation that requires Congressional review of Antiquities Act proclamations. This process should also allow for State and local government as well as public input before any designation takes place.

Given the economic crisis our nation is in today, this is not a good use of my taxes.

Thank you for allowing me to express my concern.

MORE INFO FROM THE WEB:

Obama Eyes Western Land for National Monuments, Angering Some:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/18/obama-eyeing-millions-wild-acres-national-monuments/

Senior Republicans allege secret Interior plot to create national monuments:

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/82009-senior-republicans-allege-secret-interior-plot-to-create-national-monuments

Two more monuments in Utah? San Rafael Swell and Cedar Mesa?:

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14426730

Rep. Dean Heller: Feds looking at designating 2 Nevada national monuments:

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/feb/16/heller-feds-looking-designating-two-nevada-nationa/

Chorus of protest

Critics of secret BLM meetings share diverse backgrounds, conflicting interests

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_8eccd140-1ce5-11df-8058-001cc4c03286.html

Special status possible for Colorado sites

Areas may be deemed worthy of wilderness, other designation

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/special_status_possible_for_co/

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http://www.sharetrails.org

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#1 Probably fake

#2 Who gives a shit

#3 Probably should be more worried about bush occupying 2 large countries, Obama seems pretty willing to withdraw, probably not gonna happen though LOL. capitalism ftw.

#1 Probably fake

#2 Who gives a shit

#3 Probably should be more worried about bush occupying 2 large countries, Obama seems pretty willing to withdraw, probably not gonna happen though LOL. capitalism ftw.

I give a shit!

This "monument" designation crap has happened before, why don't you think Obama wouldn't do the same thing?

This is not a Republican/Democrat conversation. This is not a foreign policy issue. This is about protecting our right to use public lands.

My guess is that you do not own or ride a dirtbike, and are merely a elitist tree-hugging, socialist, Gore worshiping wacko. :ride:

Before I start calling my legislator I’d like to have a little more information.

In what way is this a “land grab”, since these are federal lands we’re talking about? And if they are not Federal lands, what percentage are private land?

How will this affect land use? Will vehicles be prohibited? And if so how do you know that?

During the Clinton Administration’s “land grab”., how were riding areas curtailed, exactly?

I’ve noticed that the funding for the Blue Ribbon Commission comes mostly from Timber harvesting, mining and oil and gas exploration sources. Is it possible that this is a ploy to get off road vehicle users to support the cause of these interests so that timber harvesting, strip mining and oil and gas exploration can continue unabated.

I don’t necessarily have anything against timber harvesting , mining or oil and gas, I just like to know who I’m in bed with before you know what happens.

Obama already signed a bill like this once.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/science/earth/26land.html?ref=us

excerpt: The bill, an amalgam of more than 160 proposals, expands the nation’s protected wilderness areas, which receive the highest level of protection from development, vehicles and commercial activities like logging and drilling, to 109 million acres.

Obama already signed a bill like this once.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/science/earth/26land.html?ref=us

excerpt: The bill, an amalgam of more than 160 proposals, expands the nation’s protected wilderness areas, which receive the highest level of protection from development, vehicles and commercial activities like logging and drilling, to 109 million acres.

But It doesn't really say what that means, how are vehicles restricted? Plus this bill was passed by Congress, so it's not a land grab, it's a duly instituted Act of Congress.

It just looks to me like the Blue Ribbon Commission is using generalities as scare tactics to promote some other agenda.

Here's one of the protected areas in that bill. I'm sorry you can't ride there.

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You Have Blue Ribbon Commission and Blue Ribbon Coalition mixed up,

Blue Ribbon Coalition is a nation wide Pro Multi use organization with

A valid credible alert feed such as this one

Wayne

But It doesn't really say what that means, how are vehicles restricted? Plus this bill was passed by Congress, so it's not a land grab, it's a duly instituted Act of Congress.

It just looks to me like the Blue Ribbon Commission is using generalities as scare tactics to promote some other agenda.

This bill was signed by Obama, and was used to show his desire to close land to the use of motorized vehicles.

If you don't think that the " highest level of protection.....from vehicles" portion of the bill will affect our ability to ride on those lands, you are blind.

Using the "national monument" designation for MILLIONS for acres of land WILL CLOSE LAND TO MOTORCYCLES!!

Bill Clinton did it in '96. Obama looks poised to do it first chance he gets.

This bill was signed by Obama, and was used to show his desire to close land to the use of motorized vehicles.

If you don't think that the " highest level of protection.....from vehicles" portion of the bill will affect our ability to ride on those lands, you are blind.

Using the "national monument" designation for MILLIONS for acres of land WILL CLOSE LAND TO MOTORCYCLES!!

Bill Clinton did it in '96. Obama looks poised to do it first chance he gets.

The worst attempt to land grab was about 4 years ago when W and then congressman Butch Otter thought it was a good idea to sell public land. When public land turns private that is when you really loose your rights and it turns into Texas where there is very little public land. I'm usually on the right side of the fence but to throw these obviously biased comments is crazy. We need to forget about politics (because both sides want the land for diff. reasons) be responsible, informed, come together, and be responsible (yes I said it twice, and yes I'm guilty of not doing what I just said). I Don't mean any kind of shot at Texas!!!!! We would like to keep the public lands that we still have out west.

But It doesn't really say what that means, how are vehicles restricted? Plus this bill was passed by Congress, so it's not a land grab, it's a duly instituted Act of Congress.

It just looks to me like the Blue Ribbon Commission is using generalities as scare tactics to promote some other agenda.

RIGHT!!! Thats what they do. Its a friggin conspiracy!

Do you even know what a National Monument is? If you did, you'd know what the restrictions are!!!! Did you even read the information?? Ever come out West? Let me tell you that if a previously open area is declared a National Monument by Barry, you won't be riding your dirt bike there any time soon (presuming you even own one).

Don't understand the scope of the problem?? Try reading the comments from Utah's congressmen in the article in the Salt Lake Tribune. If that doesn't suffice, take a trip down memory lane and recall what Clinton did. Ever hear of Grand Staircase Escalante? Thats what I thought....

Brakery....that was one hell of a good first post! I think you're related to Sturdevant (probably both one and the same).

RIGHT!!! Thats what they do. Its a friggin conspiracy!

Do you even know what a National Monument is? If you did, you'd know what the restrictions are!!!! Did you even read the information?? Ever come out West? Let me tell you that if a previously open area is declared a National Monument by Barry, you won't be riding your dirt bike there any time soon (presuming you even own one).

Why don't you explain, with specifics what those restrictions are? I've been a member here since 2005 and I still don't have a dirt bike? Do you really think that?

Don't understand the scope of the problem?? Try reading the comments from Utah's congressmen in the article in the Salt Lake Tribune. If that doesn't suffice, take a trip down memory lane and recall what Clinton did. Ever hear of Grand Staircase Escalante? Thats what I thought....

Here's a quote from the BLM web site:

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers 1.9 million acres of public lands in southern Utah, with over 900 miles of routes available for vehicle travel. Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) are restricted to certain designated roads in the Monument.

Tell me what that really means.

Brakery....that was one hell of a good first post! I think you're related to Sturdevant (probably both one and the same).

Are the areas available for riding in jeopardy? Of course they are! I think they are in greater danger from the developers, the loggers and the strip mines than the National Monuments.

Are the areas available for riding in jeopardy? Of course they are! I think they are in greater danger from the developers, the loggers and the strip mines than the National Monuments.

I think the east and west have different issues. There is alot of public land out here. I may be a gun packin' hillbilly but I want the land to be preserved, I see most folks that are very selfish in what they want (including me). I wish people were willing to talk about giving and taking and not one extremist side or the other winning hands down after tons of tax dollars being spent in the court system. I'm a believer in being able to get to where no one else can get unless they can put in the same effort I had to to get there, I think most REAL hunters and hippies will subscribe to this, and any redneck and REALIST hippie want to be able to get where they want to go in an easy fashion (no covered wagons). Well I guess I'm a D bag and I should be quiet now.

It's an issue that all of us should be reminded of... I just repacked my YZ exhaust tonight as my step to make my impact a little less. It's not a left or right issue, it's OUR issue as off-highway trail users... I don't understand why it's an Obama or Clinton thing... it's clearly not. There is a moderate majority in the USA... believe it or not.

It's an issue that all of us should be reminded of... I just repacked my YZ exhaust tonight as my step to make my impact a little less. It's not a left or right issue, it's OUR issue as off-highway trail users... I don't understand why it's an Obama or Clinton thing... it's clearly not. There is a moderate majority in the USA... believe it or not.

Thanks you said what I mean.

This bill was signed by Obama, and was used to show his desire to close land to the use of motorized vehicles.

If you don't think that the " highest level of protection.....from vehicles" portion of the bill will affect our ability to ride on those lands, you are blind.

Using the "national monument" designation for MILLIONS for acres of land WILL CLOSE LAND TO MOTORCYCLES!!

Bill Clinton did it in '96. Obama looks poised to do it first chance he gets.

This is hysterical nonsense.

The Antiquities Act hasn't been used to close off any OHV with the possible exception of Escalante by Clinton - not sure if anyone rode there or not.

Presidents rarely use it.

The Congress induced Wilderness designations are rarely as bad as everyone makes it out to be. The Owyhee lands designated Wilderness last year weren't areas OHV used, and the Wilderness bill actually released thousands of acres from Wilderness Study Area and opened it to OHV use. WE GAINED MORE RIDING AREA FROM THAT BILL.

The worst attempt to land grab was about 4 years ago when W and then congressman Butch Otter thought it was a good idea to sell public land. When public land turns private that is when you really loose your rights and it turns into Texas where there is very little public land. I'm usually on the right side of the fence but to throw these obviously biased comments is crazy. We need to forget about politics (because both sides want the land for diff. reasons) be responsible, informed, come together, and be responsible (yes I said it twice, and yes I'm guilty of not doing what I just said). I Don't mean any kind of shot at Texas!!!!! We would like to keep the public lands that we still have out west.

Exactly.

The Land Grab no one focuses on are private land swaps or giving away public lands to energy companies for energy development.

'Course, it's just easier to blame Obama I guess. :ride:

The BRC has one mission. That is to protect our right to ride. They don't give a shit who is in office. They have a great track record of reporting on issues that will affect our right to ride. If they are worried about these land designations, you should be too. I have never seen a "new" area opened to ohv use in my lifetime. we must be vigilant to maintain what little land we have left.

Why don't you explain, with specifics what those restrictions are?

Here's a quote from the BLM web site:

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers 1.9 million acres of public lands in southern Utah, with over 900 miles of routes available for vehicle travel. Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) are restricted to certain designated roads in the Monument.

Tell me what that really means.

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Steve

Your comments (and picture of the house with the implication that was illustrative of the land we are talking about) led to my questioning your status as a valid off-road rider or a troll. Length of registration of current name on here doesn't mean anything.

Who knows what the Administration will do! Can you guarantee us that if they designate an area as a National Monument, we can continue to responsibly use the area as we do today? I am heartened to see that OHV use is still allowed in GSENM, but again, who knows what Barry will do and what rules will apply?

I can tell you that if they restrict access and make everyone spending the night have a permit (like they do in GSENM) and then start adding group size limitations (like they do in GSENM) and possibly close more routes (like has been done in the Swell) and add entry fees (like they do at Colo National Monument) I'm not likin the change! Another restriction in GSENM is they don't allow any mountain biking on slickrock. Perhaps there is a valid reason...but its illustrative of too much regulation!!

The fact that the President can designate land as a Natl Monument WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM CONGRESS OR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT is very concerning to me. Maybe you like that kind of power in one individual's hand???

As akpilot7 said, if BRC is concerned, then so am I. Also, ALL of Utah's congressmen are concerned and thus, so am I!!!! I'm a member of multiple groups who advocate for responsible access to public lands and received similar information from each of them.

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