November 13, 2019

Oath Keepers/III% Bring About Lawful Resolution in Montana Land Rights Dispute 

Operation Big Sky has achieved its primary objective. The Owners of the White Hope Mine have received their due process and will begin scheduling their constitutional right to a day in federal court. Evidence that substantiates the miners’ rightful claim to private property will be weighed against claims of unauthorized use by the United States Forest service. Summons for a civil suit have been served by the USFS in a meeting between owners of the mine, DEQ officials, and the Sheriff’s department. While this is not an all-encompassing victory, round one goes to the miners and patriot groups nationwide. (emboldening added)

Source: Oath Keepers/III% Bring About Lawful Resolution in Montana Land Rights Dispute – The Shasta Lantern

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If I Owned the Woods

Suppose I bought all the woods and hills around a thriving valley where farms and ranches abounded and town families prospered from a mix of agricultural support and several small industrial businesses. Suppose further that all the former owners from whom I had bought the land had been considered part of the greater valley community for generations.

What if I:
– Went to court and closed every road through my property that I could?

– Vegetated every closed road so that travel through my property by anyone from hunters to firefighters was impossible?

– Eliminated all grazing and timber cutting on my property?

– Closed my property to hunting, fishing, and trapping and any access?

– Refused to clean up downed timber after a big storm?

– Refused to spray insect-infested trees, or to remove dead ones?

– Brought cougars, wolves, and grizzly bears onto my property and released them?

– Refused to accept any responsibility for human injuries or dead animals resulting from MY predators?

– Made firefighting access and water availability to fight fires that started on my property unavailable UNLESS the valley residents bought ME airplanes and hired many new employees to work FOR ME when they weren’t fighting MY FIRES that could spread to the valley?

– Went to court and obtained a judgment that because I was not commercial and was considered a charitable, scientific entity that Local and State governments not only could not tell me what to do on my property, they and my neighbors would have to accept any impacts my land use practices imposed on them?

Well, of course:
– Sawmills would close because timber harvests that had gone on for generations ceased.

– Sawyers, like ranch-hands, would become unemployed as timber cutting and grazing acreages disappeared.

– Ranches would steadily dwindle in herd size and then in numbers as forage availability dwindled.

– Farms would dwindle as part-time work in the valley and in The Woods disappeared.

– Businesses would dwindle and disappear as transportation into and out of the valley was constricted.

– Real estate values would plummet as farm land became unprofitable and town homes lacked for buyers since there was no work available and predator problems even in town became endemic. Insurance rates skyrocketed since predator damage was the sole responsibility of the unfortunate citizens damaged in any way.

– Hunting, fishing and trapping disappeared. Businesses for guiding, housing and feeding such folks also dried up as access disappeared and predators both reduced game and posed deadly threats to visitors, children, and others considering outdoor activities.

– Local government and State government revenue of all sorts fell precipitously while demands for government “help” skyrocketed. My land went untaxed since it was “devoted to a higher ideal”, businesses closed up, agriculture dwindled, families moved away or went on welfare, and vacant and “foreclosed” home sites proliferated.

As all this went on, I became more powerful. I bought up parcels all over the valley. While I closed them to any use by local people, I bought, or rented at a discount, properties that would further close roads and pinch off increasingly isolated private property of former ranchers and farmers and long-time residents of the valley. Local government did only what I ALLOWED and I stacked the State Legislature with the best politicians that MY MONEY COULD BUY!

QUESTION: Who am I?
No, I am not Henry Potter. You remember him don’t you? Lionel Barrymore played him in “It’s a Wonderful Life”. He was the evil old cuss that made everyone poor and created that gloomy town where James Stewart (George Bailey) contemplated suicide until the angel showed him how important he (and really EACH OF US is) was to his community.

No, I am not some media mogul or Hollywood gazillionaire buying up rural land and then imposing urban standards and fantasies or rural communities.

I AM UNCLE SAM!

I am the US Forest Service. I am the National Park Service. I am the Bureau of Land Management. I am the US Fish & Wildlife Service. I control over 40% of the United States.

I am steadily eliminating all sustainable uses and management of RENEWABLE natural resources on MY LAND. I am eliminating roads and access on MY LAND. I am ignoring enormous fire-fuel accumulations resulting from Wilderness, Parks, storm damage, Roadless Areas, insect damage. I am closing access and roads everywhere to impede firefighting and public access. I am demanding that already-impoverished taxpayers give me more firefighters and expensive equipment to appear to be fighting fires of increasing magnitude and frequency. I accept NO RESPONSIBILITY (exactly as I have established the legal precedence for damage from the wolves and grizzly bears THAT I INTRODUCED AND SPREAD) for fire damage to residences, towns, and businesses resulting from fires STARTED AS A RESULT OF MY ACTIONS AND INACTIONS ON MY PROPERTY! I have spent over 40 years establishing legal precedents that say State and Local governments cannot tell me what to do or not do on MY PROPERTY. I have financially and professionally seduced State bureaucrats and State politicians to become my secret mistresses for whatever I want to do. I put millions of rural employees and thousands of rural businesses out of work and then vow to “reduce unemployment” and “support small businesses”. I pay no taxes and renege on promises to “replace lost taxes and share revenue with State and Local government”. I breed and release wolves on MY PROPERTY to infest State and private “neighbors” and do likewise with even more deadly and destructive grizzly bears and, like Henry Potter, despise and ridicule the ignorant bumpkins he evicts into the snow.

Uncle Sam has exceeded the slumlord Henry Potter in arrogance and evil. I suggest that when they make the movie one day, they consider cutting and pasting Spencer Tracy from the movie “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde”. The 4 federal agencies cited above go about like Dr. Jekyl daily making scientific pronouncements and seeming good; while in truth killing and spreading evil nightly before reassuming the sweet appearance of a do-gooder.

Jim Beers
20 August 2012
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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC. He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC. He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority. He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.

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Public Access Secured to 41,000 Acres in Southwest Montana

Press Release from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.-The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with a private landowner, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Forest Service (USFS), Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) and local sportsmen groups to secure permanent public access to approximately 41,344 acres of public lands in time for Montana’s 2014 general big game hunting season.

“This strikes at the very core of our mission,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “RMEF is committed to seeking and finding avenues like this particular project to open public access for increased recreational opportunities like hunting.”

RMEF funding assisted in the purchase of a 30-foot wide permanent road easement to cross 0.66 miles, in three separate road segments, of a private ranch through two drainages in the Medicine Lodge area approximately 35 miles southwest of Dillon in Beaverhead County. The project improves access to both the Tendoy and Beaverhead Mountains.

More specifically, the easement provides 0.16 miles of motorized access to Ayers Canyon (Hunting District 328) between the Medicine Lodge Road and BLM ownership as well as motorized access to Kate Creek (Hunting District 302) through two private segments of 0.29 and 0.21 miles on the northwest corner of Ellis Peak. (These areas are also included in Hunting District 300 for antelope.) The road previously alternated between BLM and private ownership, and the public portions are designated as Road 70095 on both the BLM and USFS ownership. (See maps here.)

“These types of collaborative efforts continue to ensure that sportsmen and women have access to public lands throughout Montana,” says FWP spokesperson Ron Aasheim. “Partnerships are key to FWP’s management of resources which we hold in trust for all Montanans.”

“Improving public access to encourage the public’s responsible use and enjoyment of their lands and resources continues to be a high priority for BLM, both locally and nationally,” said Cornie Hudson, BLM Dillon Field Office Manager. “The partnerships that made this project possible could be a model for future access projects of this nature. Thank you partners!”

RMEF also partnered with the BLM Dillon Field Office in 2013 to complete construction on a road project that re-opened and improved public access to more than 9,355 additional acres at Cow Creek in the Medicine Lodge drainage.

“When you combine our work from last year with these two new projects, RMEF has now improved access to more than 50,000 acres of public lands in this drainage over the last two years alone,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation.

Other project partners include the Beaverhead Outdoors Association and the Skyline Sportsmen’s Association.

Since 1984, RMEF has opened or secured access to more than 215,000 acres in Montana and 758,000 acres nationally across elk country for hunting, hiking, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities.

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Ecosystem Management is True Believerism

There’s an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal (behind a pay wall) calling for the U.S. Government to end the current method of managing the government’s land booty and create a forest charter institution, like those being used in charter schools in this country.

The author, Robert H. Nelson, a professor of environmental policy at the University of Maryland and a senior fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, Calif., says of the current and evolved forest management practices:

In part, a philosophical shift is to blame for these terrible records [forest and forest fire management]. During the 1990s, the Forest Service’s old philosophy of “multiple use management” of forests was succeeded by a new outlook of “ecosystem management.” This placed ecological goals above more utilitarian considerations, resulting in a radical curtailing of timber harvesting, forest thinning and other more aggressive actions that would have helped to address the continuing fire problem.

Ecological goals? That’s a nice way of putting the idealistic desires, the result of many years of constant brainwashing by education czars from Tavistock, of “True Believers.” For those who don’t read here regularly, a “True Believer” (TBer) is a term I use that comes from Eric Hoffer’s book, The True Believer. The TBer blindly believes and follows the masses because they have some overwhelming need, real or falsely created, to be part of a cause or a movement. This generally results from a person who has an inordinate dislike of themselves and thinks they can resolve that issue by belonging to something, i.e. becoming a True Believer.

Ecosystem Management is an inaccurate term used by those members of the Environmental Movement, which it appears the author of the WSJ piece is a part of. An ecosystem in nothing more than a collective term used to label something that exists that others want to control. Non thinkers have been convinced an ecosystem is some kind of well-oiled machine that can only screw up when man is present. It’s convenient idealism, cloaked in nonsense, swallowed up by True Believers who become useful idiots for the Totalitarian government that now exists; one that takes everything from the people and distributes to whomever government believes worthy. Kind of sounds just like Communism, doesn’t it?

Because ecosystem management could not exist without the “True Believers”, it is now a matter of record that the overwhelming majority of those who desire to run everybody’s lives, do so from the comfort of their urban dwellings. Ignorant, but well brainwashed in the falsities of “ecosystem management” and the dark despair that man places upon the ecosystem, “True Believers” blindly beat their government-provided drums that forestland and the creatures living in them, must be left alone to their mythologies of self-regulation. They believe they have this right don’t you know. I suppose this must be one of those “ecosystem goals” written about in the WSJ.

Crammed into their non-functioning brains, between text messaging, television, smoking dope and mentally ejaculating with Facebook, these robots believe they are entitled to destroy everything good in our heritage and replace it with garbage – their filthy garbage.

It is these actions, of demands for predator protections, destruction of hunting heritage and trapping of furbearers, that keeps this nation in a constant state of turmoil; a created tool of the ruling class.

From multiple use, to ecosystem management, now it is suggested that the Federal lands be managed like charter schools. This is nothing more than dressing up a government pig in different clothing and then convincing the same non thinkers, the “True Believers” that this is good and above all it WORKS.

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RMEF Donation Puts Plot of Montana Land into the Public’s Hands

MISSOULA, Mont.–A 40 acre parcel of Montana forestland is now open to public access after the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donated it to the U.S. Forest Service.

“We maintained this property for the greater part of 18 years with an agreement that the Forest Service would manage it. Though small in size, and even though it took a while, it was always on our radar to transfer it into public ownership,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation. “It turned out the best way to do that was to make an outright donation.”

Located approximately 10 miles north of Missoula, the Marent Gulch property was originally gifted to RMEF in 1995. It now falls under full ownership of the Lolo National Forest, which already owns the land on its east, west and north sides.

“This generous donation from RMEF protects the open space value and scenic character visible from both the Missoula and Evaro valleys and places 40 acres of critical elk winter range into public ownership,” said Paul Matter, district ranger of the Missoula Ranger District on the Lolo National Forest. “Consolidating Forest Service ownership in this area will protect this critical habitat and provide for improved management of forest lands. In addition, this donation helps establish another entry point for members of the public to access many of the recreation activities available on our public lands here in Montana.”

The parcel is located in forestland that includes forage and rugged hillsides. It provides habitat for various native Montana wildlife including wintering elk, mule deer, mountain lion, black bear, migrating or ranging grizzly bear, and various other critters and songbirds.

The transaction also eliminates what was a potential trespassing issue.

“Eliminating corner crossing situations protects private lands from trespass and enhances access to public lands. This is a win-win situation that everyone benefits from,” added Matter.

To date, RMEF conducted more than 8,100 projects that conserved or enhanced more than 6.3 million acres nationwide.

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