Current News | Introduction | Colloidal Silver | Chemtrails | Sylphs | Emerging Diseases | Forbidden Cures | Ozone | Immunity Boosting | Nutrition | Tone Gen
When forests are locked up like they plan to do, only the large corporations will have the will and the money to get access to the resources. -- Southern Oregon resident Jim Nolan
They call these 'public' lands.' But they're not public at all. The purpose of this plan is to keep the public out. -- Unidentified protester
[Editor's Note: The American public would be aghast if they knew the extent to which "public lands" have been placed off limits to the "public" in the past two decades. This, of course, is the plan of the secret government: to deny the public access to remote or rural areas in order to herd them into larger population centers and effect greater control over them when martial law kicks in. Note the role that environmental groups such as The Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, and the World Wildlife Fund play here. Dr John Coleman correctly identified these and similar environmental groups as Illuminati front organizations doing the Master's bidding in books published 15 years ago. Note also the political horse opera staged by Cheney, as if he and Bush would do anything different but obey their Illuminati Masters in the same manner as Clinton and Gore.]
By Joseph Farah
CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. -- An environmental activist plan to federalize more than one million acres of southwestern Oregon, endorsed by more than a dozen national organizations, is meeting significant grass-roots opposition from ordinary working people in this rugged, sparsely populated region.
While Republican vice presidential nominee Dick Cheney campaigned last
Thursday in nearby Central Point, promising to review President Clinton's
decisions that put millions of acres in the West all but off-limits to
mining, development, grazing, farming and recreation, some 500 Oregonians
were holding one of their weekly strategy sessions opposing the newest
Area of Southern Oregon designated
The Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Monument, a plan sitting on the desk of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, is being promoted by a coalition of environmental activist groups including the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, the Wilderness Society and the World Wildlife Fund. In a multi-colored brochure prepared and distributed widely in this area by the Siskiyou Project, the monument plan is touted as a way to "protect, preserve and restore the globally important objects of scientific and historic interest found in Oregon's Siskiyou Mountains."
But, there are plenty of skeptics.
Jim Nolan, an engineer who designs business communication systems, first heard about the Siskiyou Monument project last month in a report in a local newspaper. He began talking to his neighbors about fighting it and discovered Ron Smith. Both Nolan and Smith are lifelong Illinois Valley residents, equally passionate about local control and a self-supporting, economically viable community.
In a matter of days, the two of them had managed to build a local chapter of People for the USA and establish weekly meetings attracting up to 500 opponents of the monument plan.
"What bothers me most about this project is the restrictions on access to the forest, the lockup of the resources so that the common man doesn't have access to them to make a living," says Nolan. "When forests are locked-up like they plan to do, only the large corporations will have the will and the money to get access to the resources."
Though spokesmen for the Siskiyou Project were unavailable for comment, in local news reports they have characterized their plan as a "long shot" bid to get President Clinton to proclaim another monument before leaving office Jan. 20.
Ever since Clinton announced his Lands Legacy Initiative in January of last year, Babbitt has been zigzagging the West looking for areas already administered by the Bureau of Land Management he deems in need of special protection by the federal government as national monuments, critical habitat areas or other designation. This year, the president has designated at least five such monuments -- but none as big as the proposed Siskiyou Wild Rivers Monument that encompasses more than one million acres of mostly rugged forest surrounding the Illinois Valley towns of Cave Junction, Selma, Kerby and O'Brien and a rural population of some 17,000.
Opponents of the monument say the real agenda of the project is to drive out those pesky people.
"They call these 'public' lands," said one unidentified protester. "But they're not public at all. The purpose of this plan is to keep the public out."
While the monument project does not specifically call for relocation of the small population, opponents say that is what will be accomplished by increasingly tough environmental regulations, protection of so-called "endangered species," downsizing of fire-fighting crews and closing of roads. All that, they say, coupled with a willingness by government to exercise eminent domain, condemnation and buyouts of private property, will inevitably lead to depopulation.
If approved by Clinton or his successor, the Siskiyou Wild River Monument would be the second largest ever created. The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Clinton's designation of 1.7 million acres of Utah land as a federal wilderness area and monument in1998.
Yet, Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument deal, initiated by the president just seven weeks before the 1996 election, was later characterized as a blatant political act under the guise of environmental protection in a congressional staff report.
"The only thing the president was trying to protect by designating the Utah Monument was his chance to win re-election," the report bluntly states. "The 'threat' motivating the president's action was electoral, not environmental."
Opponents of the Siskiyou Monument fear similar motivations could invite Clinton to make a similar election-eve gambit this year on behalf of Al Gore.
Clinton has used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to justify his monument proclamations. Cheney accused Clinton this week of abusing his executive authority "willy-nilly all over the West" to create national monuments without considering the desires of the people who will be affected.
During his entire time in office, Clinton has created or added to 10 national monuments, covering nearly 4 million western acres in his effort to carve out an environmental legacy. Clinton's top aides have stated the president plans to continue to use his authority in issuing executive orders, presidential decision directives and proclamations right up until the day he leaves office.
That's what the Siskiyou Project, with its $500,000 annual budget and
paid staff, is banking on. But Nolan and his band of grass-roots working-class
opponents say they are in the fight for the long haul. "The Sierra Club
has a slogan: 'Endless pressure, endlessly applied,'" he says. "We're going
to apply it right back."