July 17th, Call Congress Today, Property Rights & Land Access

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  • ohvnews

Posted July 16, 2003 - 09:36 PM


This is important for RS 2477 Rights-of-way. In particular see amendment
two below.


Subject: Call Congress - Property Rights, Access Threatened!!

Land Rights Network
American Land Rights Association
PO Box 400 - Battle Ground, WA 98604
Phone: 360-687-3087 - Fax: 360-687-2973 - E-mail: alra@landrights.org

Web Address: http://www.landrights.org

Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE - Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-210-2357 - Fax: 202-543-7126 - E-mail: landrightsnet@aol.com

Call Congress - Property Rights, Access Threatened!!

TODAY, Thursday July 17, the House of Representatives will vote on the bill
that appropriates money for the four major land management agencies - the
Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land
It is numbered HR 2691, called the Interior Appropriations bill. This is
VERY GOOD legislation that dramatically reduces land acquisition
funding. It also allows the Bush Administration to carry out several
initiatives that will benefit private property rights and recreational and
commercial access to the public lands that belong to the people.
HOWEVER - this good bill is being THREATENED by several amendments which
will damage private property inholders, farmers, property owners in public
lands states, and snowmobilers among others.
YOU ARE NEEDED to DEFEAT the bad amendments and get the bill
Two of our best property rights Champions, Congressmen Charlie Taylor of
North Carolina and Richard Pombo of California, will be leading the way in
support of the bill and against the damaging amendments.
If you care about ANY of the following four issues - CALL your member of
the House of Representatives and tell him or her to vote NO on that
amendment. Call about all four amendments if you can.

1. The :moon:"Blumenauer Amendment," this is the "Wreck the Klamath farmers
amendment." This proposes to place so many new demands on the leases of
farmers in the Klamath Basin that it will be impossible for them to
continue farming there. The farmers in this area have been raising crops
for decades, and also providing feed for migrating birds, which is a
win-win situation.

But the environmentalists don't care about that. They just want to kick
the people out. This amendment exposes the fundamental meanness and
elitism of the environmental movement. Like a bunch of schoolyard bullies,
the enviros - Big Green - are running a multimillion dollar hysteria
campaign against about two dozen farming families whose leases expire this
year. Support the families - let them know you are with them - fight for
their rights and against the Schoolyard Bullies!!!

2. The :moon:"Mark Udall Amendment," this can be called the "Shut Down Access
Amendment." It would prevent the Bush Administration from allowing
counties to claim jurisdiction over dirt roads and old roadbeds on public
lands, called "RS 2477" roads.

RS 2477 is a triple play, benefiting private property rights, multiple use
of federal lands and counties with significant public land ownership.
Revised Statutes 2477 - RS 2477 - is not an opening up of new roads across
untracked wilderness, as is claimed by preservationist hysteria. It
carries out a provision of the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976
which allows local governments to claim rights of way to existing roads,
but prohibits establishment of new roads.
These "roads" are unpaved travelways established over the previous hundred
years by stagecoaches, mining operations and even dog sleds in Alaska.
They provide access to private property parcels that are surrounded by
government land, called "inholdings." They also provide recreational
access to federal lands, so the general public can enjoy their public lands
by camping, off roading, horse riding, snowmobiling or other recreational
activities. And this benefits local government by making provision of
government services easier, from emergency rescue to traveling to school.
Vote NO on the Mark Udall Shut Down Access Amendment!!!

3. The :moon:"Boehlert Amendment," also known as the "Land Grab Amendment."
Boehlert, a leading left-wing extremist, proposes to dramatically increase
funds for federal land grabs - tens of millions of new dollars for the feds
to spend on land acquisition. Does the federal government ALREADY own
enough land, and not take of it properly??? The feds own 33% of America -
how much is enough??? VOTE NO!

4. The :moon:"Holt/Shays Amendment" which is the "No Yellowstone Snowmobile"
amendment. This would shut down one of the most popular winter sports in
America in one of our most popular national parks, Yellowstone. It's YOUR
public land - keep it open!! VOTE NO!!

* That you SUPPORT private property rights, access to public lands and
you SUPPORT HR 2691.
* You OPPOSE amendments that will increase funds for land grabs, attack
farmers and decrease access to public lands.
* Tell them that the League of Private Property Voters will score these
four votes on it's annual scorecard, which is available on

CALL and FAX NOW - the land you save may be your own!

Call any Congressman at the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121 or the
temporary FREE NUMBER (800) 648-3516. Ask for your Congressman. Then ask
for the staff person who handles the Interior Appropriations Bill. If he
or she is not available, ask that a written message be delivered with your
comments. After leaving your message, ask for his FAX number. Send a
fax on no more than one page.
Call your friends. Call your neighbors. Your Congressman's phone must not
stop ringing all day Thursday, July 17th.
This is your chance to really make a difference in Congress. DON'T MISS



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