Wildlands Network

Federal Agency Uses Fire Code to Attempt Land Grab

April 20, 2004 | 0 Comments

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) have two primary effects on the landscape; first, they prohibit the innovation that promotes ecological diversity and productivity, and second, they lead to an increased accumulation of fire fuel. Even the ostensible purpose of an HCP -- environmental protection -- is not served. The local adoption of an international fire code, called the Urban Wildand Intermix Code (UWIC), is the first step toward creating a countywide HCP.

Local citizen Nick Vrolyk makes clear to Santa Cruz County fire districts that their responsibility will change very dramatically from one of fire protection to one of facilitating the access to our private properties by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), under the auspices of fire protection. USFWS's agenda is to look for and map endangered species and wildlife habitats.

One must look to the real purpose in order to understand the goal of Habitat Conservation Plans -- they are part of a program designed to eliminate private property.


It’s Time to Snuff out the “Let it Burn” Idea

November 24, 2003 | 0 Comments

11/24/2003 - Pacific Legal Foundation Vice-President M. David Stirling explains how the Endangered Species Act is anti-environment and therefore anti-human. The devastation caused by the recent California fires exemplifies how such policies undermine life for humans, plants and wildlife. The "Let it Burn" attitude is more than disturbing when it emanates from a group called the "Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics".


Post’s “Big Green” Series Hits a Nerve

May 30, 2003 | 0 Comments

SUMMARY: Liberty Matters News Service (5/22/03) -- The Washington Post's in-depth investigation of questionable land deals made by the giant green Nature Conservancy has kicked up a lot of dust. Joe Stevens and David Ottaway gathered reams of material and conducted exhaustive interviews that revealed the Conservancy may have been playing fast and loose with IRS rules governing the activities of charitable organizations.


Landmark Calls for Probe into EPA Grants to Nature Conservancy

May 30, 2003 | 0 Comments

SUMMARY: Landmark Legal Foundation has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate whether millions of dollars in agency grants to the Nature Conservancy and its state affiliates -- the nation's largest environmental organization with assets of more than $3 billion -- were misused. The Foundation has also asked the agency to suspend current and future grant payments to the group pending the outcome of the investigation.


Nature Conservancy Under Investigation, Suspends Operations After Post Exposure

May 30, 2003 | 0 Comments

SUMMARY: The Nature Conservancy is coming under fire after the Washington Post described how the $3 billion environmental charity may have played loose with IRS laws to benefit supporters, including corporations that have paid millions in environmental fees. This story provides a comprehensive overview of how your taxes and donations have been used by The Nature Conservancy, provides links to the Washington Posts "Big Green" series and to a library of supplementary stories.


Collective Farming in the California Delta

May 23, 2003 | 0 Comments

5/23/2003 - SUMMARY: Sharon Votaw thought she and her husband had purchased a farm; but, they found a conglomeration of local, state, and international government and non-government agencies already had firm control.


ESA: Flawed Law

April 28, 2003 | 0 Comments

4/28/2003 - Summary: The ESA has become a most effective tool in the hands of the preservationists and those intent on destroying the livelihoods of millions of Americans. T. R. Mader, Research Director for the Abundant Wildlife Society of North America tells how and offers solutions.


Wildlands Project Writ Large

March 3, 2003 | 0 Comments

By Henry Lamb, 3/3/2003 -

When Earth First! co-founder, Dave Foreman, first voiced his vision in 1990, of wolves and grizzly bears roaming, unmolested by humans, through unbroken wilderness from Mexico to Canada -- many people laughed. The "Wildlands Project" is no longer a laughing matter. Nine bills have been introduced to expand wilderness in America and surround them with "primitive areas" in which human activity is severely limited. Dave Foreman's vision should be rejected. Free people create free markets; neither can survive when the government owns the sources of production.

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