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SAM’s Executive Director Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Quimby National Monument

Condensed SAM Testimony
Delivered by David Trahan, June 1, 2016

It is SAM’s mission to defend the rights of sportsmen and firearm owners. In addition, we promote the responsible conservation of our natural resources. On several occasions, including last year, we polled our members on whether they supported the creation of a National Park for the Katahdin region of Maine, as proposed by Roxanne Quimby. Each time the answer was a resounding NO, with our last poll at 92% opposition.

Through the generations Mainers have struck a delicate balance with landowners, sharing the land for all sorts of recreational uses, like hunting, fishing, trapping, and snowmobiling. Over time, large landowners have leased land and camps to outdoor recreationists, and as a result, thousands of camps have sprung up in the wilds of Maine. During these adventures into the Maine woods, moms, dads, grandfathers, uncles, aunts, and friends learned how to hunt, fish, camp, and conserve our natural resources, and in the process built bonds that made families stronger, and men and women better citizens.

Unfortunately, that delicate balance between landowners and Mainers was threatened in the early 1990s when the radical group Restore the North Woods appeared on the scene. They proposed abandoning traditional recreation like hunting, snowmobiling, and other motorized recreation, as well as ending logging. Instead, they proposed creating a 3.2-million acre wilderness National Park surrounding Baxter State Park. The opposition to this attempt to place northern Maine in federal ownership was swift, and overwhelming.<<<Read the Rest>>>

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Maine’s National Monument Proposal: Pingree Lies, Quimby to Give Government Land She Doesn’t Own

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A brief news item in the Portland Press Herald yesterday said that U.S. House of Representative official from Maine, Chellie Pingree, has sent President Obama a letter asking him to support a fascist and dictatorial maneuver to create, through Executive Order, a National Monument in Maine on land, not all of which is owned by Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burt’s Bees and supporter of double standards, in which as a large capitalist landowner, works to make sure no others share in land ownership or capitalism.

On this news article, I have two questions and/or comments.

First, Quimby is asking that Obama declare 87,500 acres of land in Maine for a National Monument. She does not own 87,500 acres and yet she is giving it to Obama. How can that happen?

Second, Rep. Chellie Pingree, according to this article, in her letter to Obama in support of the monument designation, wrote that, “most people in the region and throughout the state” support a national monument designation. Someone needs to call Pingree out on this and seek substantiation of that claim. Several meetings held in the “region” have overwhelmingly been against a park or a monument.

But this kind of behavior by a corrupt, nasty, dirty rotten politician (they all are the same) has become commonplace and evidently an accepted way of life in politics.

What a disgrace!

People fail to recognize the noose they make for themselves.

*Update* – June 1, 2016 10:30 a.m.

In the article linked-to above, after reading over the comments left by readers, I’m really not convinced that many, if any, readers actually understand what the designation of National Monument, National Park, etc. means. It is next to impossible to be specific about any land controlled by the Federal Government until after it has happened.

Many readers left comments stating that it shouldn’t matter about the state or federal governments accepting land, after all, it’s a gift. While that may be true, some even are of the impression that a landowner can specify covenants and restrictions for use of the land. Good luck with that pipe dream.

Aside from all the good and bad that everyone is eager to rave about this monument proposal, before making an informed decision, should understand that once any land comes under complete control of the government, restrictions are immediately put into place. No government land is free of limitations and restrictions. Think about it.

We do not know, nor will be find out, about any plans, changes, limitations or restrictions until after the fact…usually. That’s how government works.

As an example of our ignorance about land designations and the Federal Government, consider land that the Feds have deemed “Wilderness.” What does that mean? Does it mean as in the purist sense? Is it value laden and under whose “values” are regulations devised? Do the Feds control completely access to and use of the land by the public?

Perhaps this link will help anyone who actually cares, understand that once land is in the hands of government, there is very little that the citizens, including those so eager to accept a gift of land, can do about it.

So long as the ignorant masses blindly believe a gift of land, to be controlled by government, is always a good thing, the practice of giving power to a president to take that land as a national monument, without Congressional approval or voter oversight, will continue. We don’t have much say in how the land should be used, and don’t believe for a minute that any government is interested in our concerns.

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SAM “Perplexed” Over Why Sen. King Sponsoring Meetings to Promote National Monument in Maine

Just like flies to dung heaps, politicians must take care of the money supplies that got them elected. GEEZ! Haven’t grown men actually figured this out yet? Coming off 7-plus years of perhaps the most overt of political pay-offs with President Obama and those who bought his election, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine(SAM) says they are “perplexed,” “confused,” and “puzzled,” as to what would prompt Senator Angus King to hold two public meetings about the idea of a national monument declaration on land the Obama appointee to the National Parks board of directors, Roxanne Quimby, has failed to convince residents and Congress would make a peachy kind of a national park.

SAM could lose the confusion to the problem if they just FOLLOWED THE MONEY!

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Does LePage Still Have Life in His Back-In-Your-Face Reversion Bill?

It was my understanding, eight days ago, that Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s bill proposal, designed to prevent any president seeking to establish a “national monument” in Maine, was dead in the water.

According to a news release from the Maine Heritage Policy Center, LD 1600 still has some teeth…sort of. The Maine Senate narrowly passed the bill, 18-17, the meat of which says: “These deeds and conveyances or title 17 papers must contain a covenant requiring that all right, title and interest in the property 18 revert to the grantor if the United States attempts to designate this property a national 19 monument pursuant to 54 United States Code, Section 320301 (2015).”

This bill now heads back to the House for a final vote.

As I wrote before, if this passes, it will be interesting to see how this will wend it’s way through state and federal courts.

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Gov. LePage’s Attempt to Block Quimby “Monument” Ends in Fluff With No Puff

Some used to think we lived in a democracy, of which they also considered a good thing. No longer and it was never good and only slightly better than an oligarchy, dictatorship, etc. It is quite clear from events in Maine that the people aren’t interested in another useless national park, one that, if established, would not be taken care of, because the U.S. Government can’t take care of what they have now. But, I guess that’s neither here nor there in this day and age of uncontrolled totalitarianism, and the forcing of the wills of those in power onto those that should be called subjects.

Due to the opposition of many Maine residents to a national park near Baxter State Park, by the wishes of the land owner, Roxanne Quimby, efforts for a park, which requires a vote in Congress, have become efforts to convince the current oligarchical president, Obama, to use his executive “privilege” and, while closing his eyes, to the unappealing-in-any-way land, grant it as a National Monument. It matters not whether the proposed monument land has all the qualifications for a monument designation. It’s about politics. Well, isn’t it?

Maine’s governor Paul LePage is opposed to Federal intrusion, which is what a park or monument would do, and has sought some kind of legislation that might prohibit either action. His latest attempt was to craft some sort of law that would force ownership of the land back to the original owner if that land was purchased or given to the U.S. Government and designated as a park or monument. Those of us with curious minds would have loved to see how that would have worked out.

The Maine Governor’s huffing and puffing, ended benignly, when his proposed bill, LD 1600, was amended to read that the State of Maine doesn’t wish to have another national park or a national monument. Here’s how the summary read: “This amendment is the minority report of the committee. It removes the requirement for a reverter clause in a deed and conveyance or title papers in the event that land is given by the State to the Federal Government and the Federal Government attempts to designate such land a national monument. It adds language specifying that, in the case of designation of property as a national monument, the consent of the Legislature is not given to the Federal Government for the acquisition of land.”

In an article in the Portland Press Herald, it states: “Bill opponents questioned whether the measure would violate private property rights or violate the U.S. Constitution.” What property rights? The only property rights that exist individually are those we are allowed to have, i.e. the right to pay the king his tribute for using the land. Once the king decides there are other uses, those granted privileges are taken away.

We know that whatever the president does or whatever the Congress does, nothing is unconstitutional. We must learn to get over this myth. Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution says, in part: “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

For those unaware of Section 8, it is a long laundry list of the Powers granted unto Congress with the establishment of the U.S. Constitution. The above clause becomes the “general article,” similar to the Uniform Code of Military Justice’s Article 134. For less studious minds, it’s similar to the “Coaches Rule” which reads: Rule one, the coach is always right. Rule two, refer to rule one.

The short of it is, Congress can do anything it damn well pleases because when they signed the Constitution (the people had nothing to say about it) they granted themselves a general article in which they can “make all Laws which are necessary and proper.” And don’t think for one minute that you or I have any say in what is “necessary and proper.” We all laughed when a reporter asked Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House, if Obamacare was “constitutional” and her response was, “You gotta be kidding me.” She knew, we didn’t and can’t figure it out…yet.

Here’s the reality. If Roxanne Quimby is well-connected enough with Barack Obama, at the least she will get her national monument. Forget whether or not the president has certain powers. Those who can see should know by now the president is allowed, by Congress, to do just as he damn well pleases. And, we should know now that Congress has the power to do what it wishes. Maine, not a “sovereign” state as most falsely are led to believe, cannot stop any action the president or Congress decides to do. We gave up that sovereignty when we signed onto the United States Corporation contract.

What will happen with Ms. Quimby’s land actually depends upon how beholding Obama is to Quimby – how much money and support she has given Obama and whether or not her actions deserve his actions. That’s how the corrupt government works – always has and always will. But in our programmed insanity, we keep convincing ourselves the next election will change things. Uh, huh!

While the Maine governor, residents and legislators get their undies in a bunch over trying to stop Roxanne Quimby, the best that they can do is waste taxpayer’s money by drafting, amending, discussing and passing a bill that is nothing more than a resolution stating that a weak majority of House members don’t want Quimby’s park or monument.

It’s much akin to the large pit bull ordered to sic a man who was being a bully. The pit bull ran after the man, cornered him and began barking (in a soft feminine voice) bowsy-wowsy, bowsy-wowsy.

Fluff with no Puff!

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Proposed national park is unnecessary, the land is undeserving

If resources that attract people are there, people will come naturally and a park would serve the purpose of managing use and protecting the resource. This proposal does not fit the model. Labelling an area as a national park will attract visitors. Unfortunately, once they visit, they will leave saying, “This is it? No use coming back.” There goes the economic model.

Source: Proposed national park is unnecessary, the land is undeserving — Opinion — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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A proposed national park for Maine would provide an economic boost to the manufacturers and retailers of bug spray. Both people wanting to visit the “park” would buy the bug juice.

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Mainers Should Be Fearful Of a National Park/Monument Designation

Many Maine residents feel threatened by the prospect of Roxanne Quimby giving her land, and land that doesn’t belong to her, to the Federal Government for the purpose of a proposed national park. One of the biggest concerns that Maine residents have is they do not want the Federal Government having more power over lands and regulations in the Pine Tree State. Most of these same residents, while justifiably fearful of a central government, don’t fully understand the structure and history of a corrupt government – in this case the National Park Service/Foundation.

Before I provide links to information where readers can determine for themselves how concerned they really should be, let me first remind readers that Roxanne Quimby is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Park Foundationappointed by Barack Obama.

Several years ago, I wrote, “The Crippling and Destructive Power of the Endangered Species Act.” In that piece, I wrote of the World Heritage Convention (WHC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Their written goals are: “By adopting the Global Strategy, the World Heritage Committee wanted to broaden the definition of World Heritage to better reflect the full spectrum of our world’s cultural and natural treasures and to provide a comprehensive framework and operational methodology for implementing the World Heritage Convention. This new vision goes beyond the narrow definitions of heritage and strives to recognize and protect sites that are outstanding demonstrations of human coexistence with the land as well as human interactions, cultural coexistence, spirituality and creative expression. Crucial to the Global Strategy are efforts to encourage countries to become States Parties to the Convention, to prepare Tentative Lists and to prepare nominations of properties from categories and regions currently not well-represented on the World Heritage List.”[emboldening added]

In addition I wrote: “Because the U.S. is a signed member of WHC/UNESCO, we are obligated through this convention to designate and/or establish “World Heritage sites”, i.e. Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Yellowstone National Park, the Everglades, etc. This convention also demands the protection of habitat for listed threatened or endangered species. Ceding control of these public properties is troubling enough, but the Convention becomes even more far reaching. WHC/UNESCO is granted power through this treaty, signed by the U.S. to take “buffer zones” around “World Heritage properties” if they so deem it necessary for the protection of “their” property. These “buffer zones” can be as wide as 5 miles, or whatever is necessary to “preserve” world heritage. It just could be your land and your property.”

Must I remind readers that according to the U.S. Constitution, all Treaties are the Supreme Law of the Land?

The United States Government, the Department of State and the National Park Service/Foundation, work with the United Nations through the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to nominate places for protection.

Readers and Maine residents should bear in mind that the WHC has stated that they are looking to protect and preserve any lands, private or public, that, if disturbed in any way would disrupt or in any way negatively effect “endangered or threatened” species – flora or fauna.

Maine residents recently learned of a lawsuit to stop the state from cutting timber on public land that might pose a danger to the endangered Atlantic salmon. The person who is bringing the lawsuit has been instrumental in getting the Atlantic salmon federally protected. Is it a mere coincidence that this public land sits adjacent to property owned by Roxanne Quimby; land she intends to be either a national park or a national monument and attempts are underway to stop the harvesting of trees? I’ll let you decide.

In addition to the Quimby park and/or monument proposal, Maine residents shouldn’t forget about efforts that are still ongoing to turn a million or more acres of the Great North Woods into national park wilderness.

While readers chew on the fact that Quimby sits on the board of the Park Foundation, and by that position is eligible to work with to discover and nominate lands, both private and public, for protection under the World Heritage Convention, are we to still consider her proposal as only a mere gesture of kindness? Don’t forget, she also has been quoted publicly as saying that Americans should not have the right to own land – even though she does herself, utilizing a capitalist system to earn millions of dollars in order to own that land.

But there is more to the Federal Government threat to Maine people than whether of not Roxanne Quimby is suspect in getting her land turned over the Feds or the United Nations. The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have a terrible history of caring for the property they take or inherit as well as using deceitful tactics and outright corruption and criminal acts to destroy lands designated as parks and monuments as they so please, in order to fulfill political and environmental agendas.

Consider what the National Park Service did to the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Vails Ranch on Santa Rosa Island. Where once the Point Reyes National Seashore was established, legally and with full support, as a means of protecting a portion of the California seacoast by protecting the ranching community. The protected ranching community was a way of ensuring that urban sprawl and development wouldn’t take over the land.

Because Environmentalism is against ranching, farming, growing crops, etc., they have destroyed the original foundations of the National Seashore, in order to rid the land of ranching. One has to ask what protections are there in designating any land as a park or a monument if stuff like this can happen. Readers should also not get hung up on whether they agree with doing away with ranching or any other environmental-activist cause. They should be aware that government corruption will do just as it damn well pleases. This time it happened to have been the destruction of ranching. What will it be next time?

We know from history that an overreaching government “takes” lands adjacent to parks and monuments in the name of protection. The U.N. Treaty with WHC demands that “buffers” be taken around “sites” for further protection. If the Quimby parcel is designated as a “monument” by Barack Obama before he leaves office, what assurances do Maine residents have that any of that land will actually be protected from anyone or anything? In addition, because Maine owns land adjacent to Quimby, public lands and Baxter State Park, do we have any sense of honesty and decency that our Federal Government will honor its pledges? Can we assume that the U.S. Government will automatically, according to treaty, take more land as a buffer? Or will all access, all industry and all recreation be banned due to government regulation and Environmentalism?

There is one more thing that Mainers should consider. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service. We also know that the National Park Service is some $11.9 billion dollars behind in maintenance and upkeep. In short, like with most Federal lands, government is eager to “take” the land but not too eager to take care of it.

In consideration of the 100-year birthday and lack of money, members of Congress have proposed a bill as a part of the 100-year celebration to find better ways to fund the National Park Foundation. One of those is to appropriate $25,000,000.00 a year, from 2017-2023 (inclusive)($1.75 billion) to be used to match funds from “private” donations. What could possibly go wrong?

Anyone with eyes willing to see, realizes that money is the root of all corruption. We witness year after year big money buying political favors only to be answered with huge payoffs after certain parties win office. It matters not which party. The only limitation of the corruption that will prevail once the Department of Interior and the National Park Service begin taking bribes from so-called private donations, is in one’s mind.

If Maine residents think they have their hands full of trying to work with Ms. Quimby to keep her land open for recreational access, go ahead and invite the most corrupt U.S. Government, through the National Park Foundation, World Heritage Convention and the United Nations to take ownership of a big chunk of land right next to Baxter State Park.

For those who don’t have or are quickly losing faith and trust in a central government, consider that changes proposed within the above mentioned bill, include changing the appointment of the Chairman of the Board of the National Park Foundation, from a position voted on by the Board, to a paid position (Level V) appointed by the sitting president.

These reasons I have laid out for you, are reason enough to fight to make sure the Feds don’t get an invitation. If they want the land, they will take the land whether we want them to or not. But, let’s not give them a damned invitation.

 

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LePage Administration to Preserve Access to Public Land in the Katahdin Area

*Editor’s Note* – Dare I say, “I told you so?” With Quimby’s connections to Barack Obama, I said a long time ago that one way or another, Quimby will get her “park.” Why the persistence, I’m not sure. It seems that now Gov. LePage must have a sense that things are in the works in Washington. 

If the taxpayers own land, regardless of where that land is, it should have access to it for all citizens and should be managed properly by qualified foresters.

Press Release from Maine Governor’s Office:

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the Bureau of Parks and Lands has taken initial steps to preserve the State’s access to roughly 2,500 acres of publicly held land that is threatened by efforts to create a National Park / National Monument in the Millinocket area.

For years, the Quimby family has worked to impose a National Park on the residents of Northern Maine. When this proposal was voted on by local citizens, it was roundly rejected. Undeterred by the will of the people, Quimby’s effort continues to march forward.

“Despite lack of local support and lack of support from members of Maine’s Congressional delegation, this proposal has now changed direction,” said Governor LePage. “Through the use of high-paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C., the Quimby family has focused its efforts on lobbying the Obama Administration, seeking to have the President use sweeping authority granted to him under the Antiquities Act to unilaterally designate this area a National Monument.”

Given this threat of federal takeover, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry today commenced efforts to re-establish access to Public Reserved Land surrounded by the Quimby property. The State has clearly established legal crossing rights to access the public’s land.

Despite these crossing rights, roads to the State’s land have been blocked and bridges have been removed. The Department, however, intends to re-establish its crossing rights and harvest timber on the public’s land, once these roads are rebuilt.

“The time is right to clearly re-establish the public’s legal rights,” said Governor LePage.

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Sierra Club Maine to support national monument as step to park 

“It is part of their ongoing admission that in spite of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past year to consultants and public relations specialists that they have failed to convince the local communities and the congressional delegation that their park scheme is a good idea,” Meyers said.

“After years of giving lip service to the ‘public process,’ they now seem to feel that it’s perfectly OK to completely bypass the public and legislative process, and seek an executive order with no public process at all.”

Source: Sierra Club Maine to support national monument as step to park — Outdoors — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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A monument is a park by another name. It won’t help Maine loggers.

The campaign to create a national park in northern Maine has changed course a bit in the past few months. There is now an effort underway by Elliotsville Plantation Inc. to bypass Congress and convince President Barack Obama to designate this land a national monument instead of as a national park. After careful consideration, the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine has decided it is time to voice its opposition.

Source: A monument is a park by another name. It won’t help Maine loggers. — Opinion — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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