We’ve apparently just seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Bureau of Land Management’s efforts to seize as much land as possible and put it into federal lands.
After terrorizing a peaceful rancher with militarized federal police just a few weeks ago, the BLM announced an effort to seize 90,000 acres of Texas land, which sparked outrage from Texas leaders including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Gov. Rick Perry, and Sen. Ted Cruz.
Now, a western House member has apparently discovered 14 pages of leaked documents which indicate that the BLM’s land grab doesn’t stop with Texas. The bureau apparently wants to acquire 13 MILLION more acres in the American West, an effort which Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) said in a press release would “vastly expand the power, reach and control of federal land managers.”
“These 14 pages are further evidence of this Administration’s efforts, under the guidance of Secretary Salazar, to control western lands by unilaterally locking them up without input from local residents and stakeholders nor the approval of Congress. Their plotting behind closed doors is disingenuous at best and flies in the face of this Administration’s so-called ‘transparency’,” said Congressman Bishop. “Thousands of westerners whose livelihoods depend upon access to our public lands stand to be affected by these decisions and yet this document blatantly goes out of its way to exclude their input or participation. If there was any question about whether or not this Administration has declared a war on the West, these new documents are evidence enough.”
Here are some excerpts from the documents, with commentary added in the press release:
Page 3, paragraph 6: The sentence, “In order to expand this network of treasured lands to include the diversity of landscapes currently managed by the BLM…,” shows that the Administration is working to broaden the jurisdictional scope of lands currently managed by the BLM.
Page 5, paragraph 5: The sentence, “Should the legislative process not prove fruitful, or if a nationally significant natural or cultural land resource were to come under threat of imminent harm, the BLM would recommend that the Administration consider using the Antiquities Act…,” shows that the Administration is constructing a new management structure without the approval of Congress.
Page 6 (b), page 7 (4.), page 8 (3.): Details planning for further land acquisition and funding mechanisms.
Page 7, paragraph 1; Page 6, paragraph 7: By their own numbers, the Administration will target the “acute” problem of private landholdings in BLM administered areas to the sum of 412,675 acres, or more than 370,000 football fields.
Page 9, paragraph 5: The sentence, “The BLM recommends that any major funding increases be phased in over a five-year period to allow the BLM time to build capacity in order to accomplish the increased work-load,” shows that the BLM will require an increase in funding to accommodate the proposed expanded management of lands throughout the West.
This is all the information we have right now, but Rep. Bishop says that there is a lot more waiting to be uncovered:
“The reality is that this is NOT the complete set of documents pertaining to the Administration’s plans to overhaul the way public lands are managed in this country. We know that other documents like this are out there. We’ve requested them, but the folks at Interior continue to stonewall,” Bishop added. “My biggest concern is that if they’re willing to let documents this damning out from their safekeeping, they are surely protecting others that are far worse and even more revealing.” […]
“I remain committed to forcing Secretary Salazar and all others involved in this matter into the light of full transparency, which as these documents prove, is not a place they seem to be comfortable,” Bishop concluded.“But this potential land and power grab needs to exposed, it needs to be laid out before the public, and it needs to be stopped.”
We don’t know whether these allegations are true, but if so, this is an egregious power grab on the part of the federal government. What’s worse is that this isn’t even going through Congress, where the people representing the citizens of western states have a say in how federal land is managed. Obama is doing what Obama does, legislating through executive fiat.
We’ve known for a long time that the liberals in power want to control more and more of American land, especially in the West, for a variety of reasons. Many hardcore environmentalists are pushing for us to purchase more land to keep economic development from occurring. In many cases, it’s just about control.
When you’ve got US government documents calling private landholdings an “acute” problem, you know that the feds have zero interest in private property rights. Pushing for government ownership of everything is nothing short of socialism, and it must be stopped.
We need to get the word out there about the feds’ continuing power grab… you can help us do so by sharing this article on Facebook and Twitter.
TLB recommends you visit Conservative Tribune for more great/pertinent articles and information.