Interior Secretary Jewell, photo below, was on Capitol Hill this week to call for full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund so they can buy up more of the land in the country, land they can’t steal that is.
They are currently planning to steal 90,000 acres along the Red River from owners who have had the land in their families in some cases for more than a hundred years.
If the agency can’t find some law or some judge to help them in land thefts, they need funds to purchase the land.
They have a federal fund – the Land and Water Conservation Fund – that gives money to all levels of government to engage in what they do best – land grabs.
The United States’ Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program that was established by an Act of Congress in 1964 to provide funds and matching grants to federal, state and local governments for the acquisition of land and water, and easements on land and water, for the benefit of all Americans.
I don’t know why they have to manage all this land. Why? Private owners have the resources and do a better job.
The agencies can’t buy up land fast enough. They just designated Albany Pine Bush in New York as a new natural national landmark.
The federal government currently owns 29% of the land in this country.
In 11 Western states, the federal government owns more than 50% of the land, including 48% of California, 69.1% of Alaska, 53.1% of Oregon, 48.1% of Arizona, 42.3% of Wyoming, 41.8% New Mexico, 36.6% of Colorado, 62% of Idaho, 66.5% of Utah and 81% of Nevada.
That’s ridiculous. The Founding Fathers wanted private citizens to own the land.
In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as usual. A record 757 new species could be added to the protected list by 2018.
The two species with the greatest impact on private development are range birds—the greater sage grouse and the lesser prairie chicken, both about the size of a barnyard chicken and both are rather useless.
The economic stakes are high because of the birds’ vast habitat.
The sage grouse is found in 11 western states—California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Most of the areas affected are federal lands routinely used for farming, ranching, mining, road building, water projects and oil and gas drilling.
This is the dopey bird, pictured above, that is more important than ranching, farming, mining, road building, development of natural resources:
How did we let the environmental extremists get this far out of control?