“Only qualified federal employees can take part in the deer management program — hunting is not permitted inside the parks.”<<<Read More>>>
by James Beers
*A Letter to the Wall Street Journal and to Shawn Regan (PERC, Bozeman, Montana) about his 25 April Opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal titled, National Parks: Lost in the Wilds of Neglect.
Shawn Regan is to be commended for his description of the irresolvable and increasing maintenance backlog throughout the National Park System. The same is true of the National Wildlife Refuge System, the National Forests and the Bureau of Land Management real estate. His recommendations of stopping acquisition; selling land to generate revenue for maintenance backlogs; keeping park revenues locally; turning to the private economy to tackle infrastructure and operations problems; and creating a franchising system for new parks are each and all sound and needed actions for all four large federal land ownerships.
We must keep in mind one hidden cost however; the cost hidden by the federal bureaucrats from the public for decades. Concessionaires on these federal estates are mostly long-established and entrenched businesses operating under government agreements and contracts. Over time, Concession improvements, facilities and other real property have been provided by the concessionaires. Such real property remains the property of the concessionaires that use that as a reason to remain the concession operators although the illusion has been that of federal bureaucracy providing them.
Close the Park (or Refuge or Forest et al) and the concessionaire can sue for return of or reimbursement of the property and values “donated” over the years. The costs of this on these federal properties subject to Mr. Regan’s badly needed (for more reasons than maintenance) prescriptions will present the Congress with an enormous bill and lawsuits that will significantly diminish the hoped-for revenue to “tackle” maintenance and operations on remaining landholdings.
Former Chief of Refuge Operations, USFWS, Washington, DC
25 April 2016
*Editor’s Note* – We all know Angus King was bought and paid for, mostly with Michael Bloomberg money and being in lockstep with Obama. Voting against action that would place more authority in state’s hands to prevent the Federal Government from continuing its onslaught of land stealing, one has to wonder if Angus King (with dot connecting) voted against this bill in order to stay in lockstep with Obama, Bloomberg and Roxanne Quimby.
Senate vote 1
DECLARING NATIONAL MONUMENTS: The Senate has rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The amendment would have required the expiration within three years of any presidential declaration of a national monument if the declaration is not subsequently authorized by federal law and state law where the monument is located.
Lee said recent presidents have overridden the interests of those located near federal lands with monument declarations that deprive them of livelihoods earned on the lands, making the amendment necessary to give those residents “a voice in the land management decisions of their community.”
An amendment opponent, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, said it sought to give states an unprecedented veto authority over federal land management practices, hurting the president’s ability to use monument designations to protect threatened lands.
The vote was 47 yeas to 48 nays. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, gave a yea vote, and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, gave a nay vote.<<<Source>>>
*Editor’s Note* – Below is a teaser and a link to an article aimed at discovering the truth about “conservation,” it’s roots, and what it has done to the world. It’s also about the evolution of Environmentalism.
While many items in this article are true and based up truth, it is my opinion that the author, director of Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, may rely on some wildlife management myths himself. However, much of what is written is worthy of reading and with most things we read and study today, we shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bath water.
Iconoclasm – questioning heroes and ideals, and even tearing them down – can be the most difficult thing. Many people root their attitudes and lives in narratives that they hold to be self-evidently true. So it’s obvious that changing conservation isn’t going to be an easy furrow to plow.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has sent letters to President Barack Obama and Maine’s congressional delegation to express opposition to as-yet unreleased proposals that would apply national monument protections to federal land in the Gulf of Maine and land eyed for a national park in the Millinocket area.
VIDEO: Unexplained? I have heard some people want to jump on the theory that it’s wolves and/or large predators and the government is covering it up. All the abductions take place in national parks and many are children. While I won’t discard a theory of large predators, there are several other theories, the bulk of which most are not willing to consider, much because they don’t know anything about them, will not search for the truth but are willing to pass it off as ET, UFO abductions.
Here’s a very quickly thrown together list of possible causes, in no particular order:
1. Mind Control
2. Illuminati – known for child abductions to be used as human sacrifices as part of their Satanic rituals.
3. HAARP – Microwave, Laser, mind control, weather manipulation (see video)
4. Demonic activity – Nephilim, demonic possession of both humans and animals, Bible, prophecy
5. Government activities
6. Large predators
7. Alien abductions
8. Big Foot
And I know there are readers who can add to this list and explanations. Please do so in the comments section.
Visitors to national parks have been threatened with trespassing charges, obstructed from paying their respects at a memorial to those who lost their lives in service to our country, and turned away from other National Park Service sites closed due to a lack of funding.
All of this began occurring before the government shutdown in October.
Perhaps more than any other part of the federal government, our National Park System has become the symbol of Washington, DC dysfunction. These cherished national treasures, which were entrusted to the National Park Service to be preserved and protected, have instead been neglected or abused for political gamesmanship.
Long before the government shutdown and sequestration, congressional shortsightedness and bureaucratic mismanagement were already plaguing our national parks. Barricaded parks across the country exposed the calamity in Washington in 2013, but the National Park System has long been a microcosm of the irresponsible and misplaced priorities within the entire federal budget. Just as important programs like Medicare and Social Security have been raided for decades to pay for politicians’ pet projects, Washington has also plundered the National Park Service budget to create new parks and programs with little national significance. And as the lack of budget discipline has driven up the national debt and jeopardized the solvency of retirement programs and our nation’s future, the misplaced priorities within the parks budget are endangering the care of the very sites we all revere.
Our elected representatives have been too focused on their own parochial political interests to see the state of disrepair that has befallen some of our greatest national treasures. For example, the National Mall—clearly visible from the Capitol and White House— has become a national disgrace, trampled on and worn out.
Politicians would rather take credit for creating a new park in their community than caring for the parks that already exist. There is, after all, no ribbon cutting ceremony for taking out the trash, fixing a broken railing or filling a pothole.
But failing to conduct maintenance endangers the longevity of our parks and experience of their visitors. Last year alone, the National Park Service delayed more than a quarter billion dollars in much needed maintenance projects, adding to the $11.5 billion maintenance backlog already threatening the health, safety, and accessibility of park visitors.
The ever growing maintenance cost has not stopped those in Washington from adding new parks, programs, and property to the Park Service. This year, mere days after sequestration supposedly caused the delay in the opening of and shorter hours at national parks, the President single-handedly established three new National Park units. Likewise, Congress spent $57 million to purchase more property for the parks– some land for nearly $1 million per acre. No one would purchase a new car while ignoring a leaking ceiling or broken pipes in their own home, but that is essentially what Washington is doing with our national parks.
The decaying of our National Parks is the physical manifestation of Washington’s misplaced priorities. Much like the accrual of our $17 trillion national debt over time, the build-up of deferred care of national park lands is the direct result of Washington’s out-of-control spending addiction that puts off doing what is necessary for doing what is self-serving. Whether it be the uncertainty of future U.S. treasury markets or the tenuous state of a corroded water pipe and an aging utility system, the unsustainable trajectory of deficits and deferrals make it only a matter of time before all will experience failure.
This report, PARKED! How Congress’ Misplaced Priorities Are Trashing Our National Treasures, exposes how Washington is failing to properly maintain our most enduring and esteemed sites and symbols and where your tax dollars intended for these parks is being spent instead. It also provides commonsense recommendations to ensure that those parks and memorials with true national significance are given the care they deserve so their beauty and significance to our history is preserved for future generations.
Tom A. Coburn, M.D.
I don’t even want to get ranting and raving about government incompetence and why we are even in some kind of fake government shutdown. Instead, let’s take a brief look into what is really going on that is, in my opinion, beyond any imaginable scope of common decency.
Ok, so President Obama decided to make it as painful on the American people (and he has succeeding in pissing off foreign guests as well) as possible and shut down the National Parks, among other things. Is it necessary? At best it’s debatable and worst, it’s tyrannical.
I hate government and, for the most part, everything is stands for…..both sides, party politics (sorry! Get back in line). And yet, whether you think the closing of national parks is necessary during this fake shutdown, I can find reasons why closing some entire parks or areas down…….if I use my imagination.
I don’t want to get into compiling a list of “what ifs” but let’s look at just one thing. What if, a national park was left open, a park where there is no permanent staff, gates, facilities to maintain, etc., and someone got injured, lost or something along those lines. I realize that I might be stretching things a bit here, but I am trying to be a nice guy, as difficult as that is for me to do.
However (and I should probably put that in all caps), there are just some things going on that appear more grounded in spite than complying with a fake government shutdown. I suppose some of the actions could be credited to the monster of totalitarian power we’ve bestowed upon all persons of authority since 9/11, but I’m going to go with spite, at least for now.
Consider the ultimate, so far, in spiteful actions, during this Kabuki Theater of government charades and profound ineptness. From the Catholic Online, this tidbit of information: “It[sic] what looks like a spiteful move, the NPS even removed handles from water spigots along the Chesapeake and Ohio canal where bikers and joggers exercise as well as along the Great Allegheny Passage, just to ensure people don’t get any water from them.”
It’s angering enough that we learn that government spent more money in order to stop spending money to pull off this fake shenanigan. And, to go out of their way to prevent unnecessary public access, raises even more suspicion. This kind of behavior has wrongfully been an acceptable (by the people) practice of government, as we have done nothing to stop it.
To spitefully remove handles from water fountains? Please somebody give me a legitimate reason why this is necessary.
I have two words for Obama, his administration and the 535 members of Congress. It totals seven letters and as of right now I will not place those two words on this website……..yet!
What will this bunch of incompetent, immature, corrupt, hateful, spiteful idiots in Washington do, when the real crisis they have created hits the fan?
And all the people said, “What crisis is that?”