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American Land Rights AssociationPO Box 400 - Battle Ground, WA 98604
Phone: 360-687-3087 - Fax: 360-687-2973 E-mail: [email protected]
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Here's How Your Congressman Voted On the NLCS, HR 2016

Vote from 3/12 on putting national park like regulations over 26,000,000 acres of multiple use BLM land.
The National Landscape Conservation System, HR 2016. The National Landscape Conservation System passed out of the Resources Committee by a vote of 24 to 13. It will not go to the floor of the House for a vote. You still have a good chance to stop this bill by contacting your own Congressman and any Congressman from your state. Any Congressman may be called at (202) 225-3121.

It is very important that your Congressman know you are watching and paying attention to how he or she votes. So please go to the Action Items below and make your calls. This will help you with your credibility with your Congressman in the future.

Notice there is pattern here. As you prepare to vote in the important election this fall, take a look at how each party supports private property rights and access to Federal lands. -----You can get more about how your every Congressman voted in previous years by going to and look on the home page for the Private Property Congressional Vote Index. It will be on the right hand side toward the bottom under the heading -

Vote Index. -----This is the Congressional scorecard is printed each year to show how your Congressman voted on environmental, private property and Federal lands issues. -----The Vote Index also scores how all the Senators voted. So you can look up the vote record of John McCain (R-AZ), Hillary Clinton (D-NY) or Barrack Obama (D-IL). In 2006 John McCain scored a 56 out of 100. However, both Obama and Clinton scored 11 out of 100. That appears to make McCain five times as good at protecting your rights.

*****ACTION ITEMS *****What You Should Do Now! -----

1. Call today any Congressman listed above on the House Natural Resources Committee who is from your state. If he or she voted against HR 2016, the NLCS, thank them for their vote. This lets them know you are watching. If a Congressman from your state voted for HR 2016, let them know you will remember the vote and that you are watching. You may call any Congressman at (202) 225-3121. Or send them a message at the e-mail or fax we've provided you. Let them know you will spread the word that he or she does not seem to care about rural America, local communities, access to Federal lands or private property rights. If your Congressman or a Congressman from you state failed to show up and vote, make sure you let them know that you are aware of that and that you will remember and pass the word. -----
2. Send a copy of this message to as many other people as possible. -----
3. Make sure you get a copy of this message to your local newspaper. -----
4. Send a copy of your letter to your Congressman to both your Senators.

Write: Honorable _________, US Senate, Washington, DC 20510. You may call any Senator at (202) 224-3121.

Background on the National Landscape Conservation System (HR 2016).
NLCS (HR 2016) Plans To Put Into Law The Babbitt National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) he set up in the dark of Night in the last few months of the Clinton Administration. HR 2016 Essentially Places A National Park Type Overlay Over Millions Of Acres Of BLM Land. You know that will hurt multiple-use and private property. Access to and use of 26,000,000 million acres of Federal land will be affected. Vast amounts of private land will be limited in use and access.

Here are just some of the people who will be hurt by HR 2016. Ranchers; Miners; Oil and Gas explorationists; Hunters; Fishermen; Off-Highway Vehicle users; Campers; Other recreation advocates; Adjacent Private property owners; Inholders; Horseback riders; Forestry advocates; Rock Collectors; Tourists; and many others will lose if the National Landscape Conservation System passes into law. -----Local rural communities will be especially hurt. The economic damage will spread like a cancer. HR 2016 must be stopped. -----Massive areas of Wilderness Study Areas will be changed into full Wilderness bypassing the normal state-by-state Congressional vote. This is a huge aspect of HR 2016 that they are sneaking by while people are focused on other areas of the bill.

Congress seeks to codify new NLCS Land Grab -- (From Federal Parks and Recreation Newsletter); Seventeen House members from both parties teamed up in April, 2007 to introduce legislation (HR 2016) that would give the National Landscape Conservation System official Congressional certification. The system, administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), was created administratively by former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt during the Clinton years. In June 2000 the Interior Department under the guidance of former Secretary Babbitt established the 26 million acre NLCS in BLM to protect what they called special areas.

The NLCS consists of major conservation areas in 12 western states, including 15 national monuments, 13 national conservation areas, Steens Mountain area in Oregon, Headwaters Forest Reserve in northern California, 36 wild and scenic rivers, 148 wilderness areas, 4,264 miles of national trails, and more than 600 wilderness study areas. Making the NLCS permanent threatens recreation, access, grazing, mining, oil and gas and many other uses. Gradually these areas will be turned into parks with traditional uses strangled and roads cut off. Private property owners and inholders in the areas can say so long to their property rights. You will see new areas nominated for NLCS status gradually eroding BLM multiple-use.

Four Democratic senators introduced counterpart legislation (S 1139) in April, 2007. Said chief sponsor of the Senate bill, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), "Given the broad public support for these areas, I expect this bill to be non-controversial and it is my hope that it will be able to move quickly through the Congress and enactment into law." Bingaman chairs the Senate Energy Committee. Non-Controversial? The four lead House sponsors of HR 2016, all co-chairs of an NLCS caucus, are Reps. Mary Bono (R-CA), Rick Renzi (R-AZ), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Jim Moran (D-VA). Reps. Bono and Renzi need to receive lots of contacts. The others are not likely to change their position but should receive as many calls as possible.

Creating this massive new conservation area program (read land grab) will take money especially from the National Park Service that is way behind in deferred maintenance and other uses. It will also take money from vast areas of BLM lands. The NLCS will eventually become a huge new agency with thousands of additional bureaucrats added over time. Any promises made when these areas like Steens Mountain and the Missouri Breaks National Monument and all the other affected monuments as well as the Grand Staircase National Monument and many others will be conveniently forgotten as more and more regulations are added. The NLCS will convert millions of acres of now accessible BLM land into park-like areas with park-like regulations and will be gradually managed like a park. Gradually existing uses will be strangled out of existence.

Supporters of the NLCS insist they are not competing with other conservation programs for fiscal 2008 appropriations. One said, "We do want to see a shift in the funding priorities of the BLM itself. Specifically, the oil and gas program of the BLM has become the dominant program of the BLM at the expense of some the best lands and waters of the American West." It is the nature of the Congressional appropriations beast that money for all programs in the Interior appropriations bill comes out of the same pot and the programs compete with each other. One of the sponsors of the bill to codify the NLCS, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO), said the measure would not affect management of lands or existing rights or public access. Added Salazar, "The bill does, however, recognize that these landscapes are of great interest to the American people and should be managed to protect their values." Does anyone believe setting up the NLCS would not change the management of these areas? If that were true, why would Congress want to do it?

American Land Rights will be sending out thousands of faxes, letters and e-mails to alert landowners, rural communities and allies about the danger and work to build more allies in Congress to stop the NLCS from passing to full House. ALRA needs your support to defeat the massive new National Landscape Conservation System (HR 2016) in the full House. You can join ALRA or make a contribution by going to It is critical that private property owners and Federal land users make a big push now to head off this attack on private property and access to Federal lands. Call, write and fax your Congressman. The NLCS will come up in the full House in the next month.

Your calls mean a lot.

Chuck [email protected]

Here are the phone numbers and contact info...sorry for the mumbled mess!!!!!

All can be called at the Capital Switchboard at (202) 225-3121. You can fax the committee office at (202) 225-5929. -----Minority Members (Republicans) Don Young (R-AK) - FAX (202) 225-0425 - e-mail: [email protected]ailed to vote. The NLCS will have a huge affect on Alaska. It is amazing that Don Young failed to vote. Jim Saxton (R-NJ) - FAX (202) 225-0778 - e-mail: [email protected]ailed to vote Elton Gallegly (R-CA) - FAX (202) 225-1100 - e-mail: [email protected]ailed to vote John Duncan (R-TN) - FAX (202) 225-6440 - e-mail: [email protected]oted No Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) - FAX (202) 225-0254 - [email protected] Failed to vote Chris Cannon (R-UT) - FAX (202) 225-5629 - e-mail: [email protected]oted No Tom Tancredo (R-CO) - FAX (202) 226-4623 - e-mail: [email protected]ailed to vote. The NLCS will affect a lot of Colorado. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) - FAX - (202) 226-4386 - e-mail: [email protected]oted No Steve Pearce (R-NM) - FAX - (202) 225-9599 - e-mail: [email protected]oted NO Henry Brown (R-SC) - FAX - (202) 225-3407 - e-mail: [email protected]d No Luis Fortuno (R-PR) - FAX (202) 225-2154 - [email protected]oted No Rob Bishop (R-UT) Fax: (202) 225-5857 e-mail: [email protected]oted No - A leader against the NLCS. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) - FAX (202) 225-3392 [email protected]oted No Louie Gohmert (R-TX) - FAX - (202) 226-5866 - e-mail: [email protected]ailed to vote Tom Cole (R-OK) - FAX - (202) 225-3512 - e-mail: [email protected]ailed to vote William Sali (R-ID) - FAX - (202) 225-3029 - e-mail: [email protected]oted No Douglas Lamborn (R-CO) - FAX (202) 226-2638 - e-mail:[email protected]oted No Rob Wittman (R-VA) - FAX (202) 225-4382- e-mail: [email protected]oted YES. All Virginians should contact Congressman Whittman about his vote on this terrible bill. He let you down. Adrian Smith (R-NE) - FAX (202) 225-0207 - e-mail: [email protected] Voted No -----Majority Members (Democrats): Chairman: Nick Rahall (D-WV) - FAX - (202) 225-9061 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Dale Kildee (D-MI) - FAX - (202) 225-6393 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Eni F. H. Faleomavaega (D-AS) - FAX - (202) 225-8757 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) - FAX - (202) 225-4580 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Soloman Ortiz (D-TX) - FAX - (202) 226-1134 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Frank Pallone (D-NJ) - FAX - (202) 225-9665 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Donna Christensen (D-VI) - FAX - (202) 225-5517 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Grace Napolitano (D-CA) - FAX - (202) 225-0027 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Rush Holt (D-NJ) - FAX - (202) 225-6025 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) - FAX - (202) 226-2301 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) - FAX (202) 226-0341 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes David Daniel Boren (D-OK) - FAX - (202) 225-3038 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes John Sarbanes (D-MD) - FAX - (202) 225-9219 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes George Miller (D-CA) - FAX - (202) 225-5609 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Edward Markey (D-MA) - FAX - (202) 226-0092 - e-mail: [email protected]id not vote Peter DeFazio (D-OR) - FAX - (202) 225-0032 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)- FAX - (202) 226-0774 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) - FAX - (202) 225-3290 - e-mail: [email protected]id not vote Ron Kind (D-WI) - FAX - (202) 225-5739 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Lois Capps (D-CA)- FAX - (202) 225-5632 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Jay Inslee (D-WA)- FAX - (202) 226-1606 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Mark Udall (D-CO)- FAX - (202) 226-7840 - e-mail: [email protected]id not vote Joe Baca (D-CA) - FAX - (202) 225-8671 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Hilda Solis (D-CA) - FAX- (202) 225-5467 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) - FAX - (202) 225-5823 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes Heath Shuler (D-NC) - FAX - (202) 226-6422 - e-mail: [email protected]oted Yes
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