Sunday, March 05, 2017

What? No Sierra Club at the signing? No Nature Conservancy? No Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC)?

March 2, 2017

...Outdoor recreation (click here) is about both our heritage and our economy. Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the industry generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity,” said Zinke. “Over the past eight years however, hunting, and recreation enthusiasts have seen trails closed and dramatic decreases in access to public lands across the board. It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite. This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community's voice is heard." 
The two secretarial orders include:

Secretarial Order No. 3346 overturns the recent ban of lead ammunition and fish tackle used on Fish and Wildlife Service lands, waters, and facilities. The order highlights the need for additional review and consultation with local stakeholders.

Secretarial Order No. 3347 advances conservation stewardship, improves game and habitat management, and increases outdoor recreation opportunities by directing bureaus and agencies to immediately identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded. The order also requests input from the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council and Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council to provide recommendations on enhancing and expanding access on public lands and improving habitat for fish and wildlife. 
Secretary Zinke was joined by representatives from the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Boone and Crockett Club, Wild Sheep Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, National Rifle Association, Safari Club International, National Wild Turkey Federation, Archery Trade Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, American Recreation Council, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, Mule Deer Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Management Institute, American Sportfishing Association, and National Marine Manufacturers Association....

I am sure everyone remembers the "Safari Club International." They have a famed member, Walter J. Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, who paid $50,000 for a lion's carcass resulting from his bullets. He was awarded the best hunt of all a precious black maned lion named Cecil.

I think we know who we are dealing with now. I doubt Teddy Roosevelt would approve.

January 14, 2016
By Raynard Loki

...Beyond these specific achievements, (click here) a silver lining to emerge from Cecil’s tragic killing has been the dramatic increase in the global awareness of the obscenity of trophy hunting. “Dr. Walter Palmer has done something worthwhile after all,” wrote Capt. Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and former star of Animal Planet's “Whale Wars,” in a Facebook post. “His special combination of vanity, smugness, greed, arrogance and stupidity has taken something which happens all the time, usually out of sight and out of mind, and has elevated it to international recognition.”

But while the slaughter of African wildlife has been elevated to the global stage as never before, there is a larger story behind Cecil’s death that has largely been overlooked by the media. That story is the role played by Safari Club International (SCI), a stealthy and powerful pro-hunting group that masquerades as an organization dedicated to “promoting wildlife conservation,” according to its mission statement....

He has all the right friends for the Republican Party.

Montana state Senator Ryan Zinke (click here) addresses a pro-gun activist rally at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City, in 2013.

March 2, 2017
By Jon Sharman

...Mr Zinke's portfolio (click here) will include overseeing the US' national parks and natural resources like gas, oil and timber, as well as managing land and services for Native American tribes.

He praised his new boss as a “great president and a commander in chief I will fight with.”...

...The 55-year-old former Montana congressman resigned as a delegate to the Republican National Convention last year to protest the GOP's position in favour of land transfers to state or private groups. 

Still, his stance on public lands has come into question in recent weeks after he voted in favour of a House rule that would allow federal land transfers to be considered cost-free and budget-neutral, making it easier for drilling and development....

LAND TRANSFERS of federal land. The people own this land and in the past leases were issued to private interests which was a return to the USA Treasury. NOW, the Republicans are going to hand over public land to private industry. "...cost free and budget-neutral..." There is no public land that is cost free and budget neutral. Land is a PREIMIUM and because it is not producing oil or gas or some other mess drawn out of the ground does not mean IT IS WORTHLESS.

The USA Congress is treasoning the USA. They are transferring public land to people that will exploit it and use it for it's own purposes. That is treason in any method of destroying the country I know of. Land is required for sovereign purposes and local economies are dependent on the use of land for recreation. This is outrageous!

There has to be land to be a sovereign. Where does this greed and exploitation stop? This is a precedent and it needs to end!

February 2, 2017
By Abigail Abrams

A Republican lawmaker (click here) has reversed a plan to sell off millions of acres of federally owned land after outcry from conservative and sports groups.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced Wednesday evening in a post on Instagram that he would withdraw a bill that ordered the Secretary of the Interior to sell 3.3 million acres in 10 Western states.

“I'm a proud gun owner, hunter and love our public lands,” Chaffetz wrote next to a picture of him wearing camouflage and holding a dog. “The bill would have disposed of small parcels of lands Pres. Clinton identified as serving no public purpose but groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message.”

The legislation was based on a 1997 report conducted during the Clinton administration, which aimed to identify land the government could use to offset efforts to revive the Florida Everglades.

Chaffetz introduced the bill Jan. 24, and said at the time the land had “no purpose for taxpayers.” However, conservation and hunting groups did not agree. The Wilderness Society condemned the bill and urged its supporters to call lawmakers to urge them to vote against the bill. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers also asked its members to complain about the legislation, according to The Hill.

Corruption. Plain and simple. In order for President Clinton to introduce measures to revive the Florida Everglades there to be an OFFSET. An offset is corruption. An offset is a bribe. WHY WAS AN OFFSET EVER NEEDED to bring on board corrupt western state congressmen? The withhold their vote in order to have bribes of land. That is corruption.

There will be no bargaining for land and the USA will retain it's sovereign authority over federal lands!