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May 21, 2002

This just in from the American Land Rights Association – Land Rights Network:

**CRISIS ALERT!!! *** CRISIS ALERT!!! **

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, in the House of Representatives Resources Committee, there will be a vote on HR 2388, the Heritage Areas Act!!!

This bill will simplify the process for establishing “Heritage Areas” all across the United States. “Heritage Areas” are a new form of federal land use control, and HR 2388 will establish an easy to follow format for creating new ones. It is the environmentalists dream.

*** SEE BELOW *** THREE ACTION ITEMS!!!!!

The “Heritage Area” program will be run by the National Park Service – this is the same agency that:

—–1. allows forest fires to run wild and burn down people’s homes;

—–2. condemns private property whenever possible;

—–3. and claims huge areas as endangered species habitat so it can eliminate recreational use of public lands, from picnics to off road driving.

The National Park Service also has a five BILLION dollar maintenance backlog – everything from potholes in roads to overflowing sewer systems fouling the rivers. And yet this agency is constantly grabbing for new power, when it plainly cannot handle the empire it already controls.

So that is who will be in charge of this new federal land use control program, the National Park Service, an arrogant and irresponsible federal land management agency.

The Heritage Areas Act proposes to extend federal control over local zoning, in exchange for federal grant money going to local communities. Politicians see it as a pork barrel spending program to benefit their districts.

However, most of the cash goes to local environmental groups to wreak havoc on local economies, damage agricultural production and shut down recreational and commercial access to public lands.

There is NO notification to landowners when their property comes under federal zoning control – you just find out when you try to install a swimming pool, re-gravel your driveway or fix your fences.

HR 2388 CLAIMS to be a program for local communities to encourage the promotion of economic development and tourism. HOWEVER, communities are in for a rude surprise, because:

Here is what is NOT in the Heritage Areas Act:

>>>the words “economic development”

>>>the word “tourism”

Incredibly, HR 2388 is sponsored by REPUBLICAN congressman Joel Hefley. Hefley has been in Congress for a long time – probably for too long – and may be considering retiring.

Hefley is looking for a “legacy” – something to be remembered by. And so he has chosen to sacrifice YOUR property rights so HE can look good in front of the liberal newspaper editorial boards with this Heritage Areas bill!

Thanks a lot, Joel!

THREE ACTION ITEMS:

FIRST –

Here are the three staff people who have been instrumental in pushing this horrendous Land Grab – they work for Congressman Joel “I want a Legacy” Hefley. Send them a message!!!

Tell them NO LAND GRABS!!! Heritage Areas are a scam! Tell Congressman Hefley to get a legacy somewhere else!

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Give them a piece of your mind!!!

SECOND –

Here are the key players on the House Resources Committee who can stop this bill – IF – they hear from you!!! PLEASE contact them and tell them to fight against the Heritage Area Act for three reasons:

it is federal land use zoning;

it is run by arrogant National Park Service; and

it will damage economic development, not help it!

THIRD –

Call your Congressman. Call your friends and neighbors to get them to call.

You may call any Congressman at the Capitol Switchboard — (202) 224-3121 or the temporary FREE NUMBER (800) 648-3516.

SEND THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES COMMITTEE MEMBERS BOTH A FAX AND E-MAIL.

Send a FAX and E-mail to as many as you can. Make sure your Congressman hears from you quickly.

RESOURCES COMMITTEE LIST WITH FAX NUMBERS AND E-MAIL ADDRESSES — 107th Congress (In State Order) (Save this list)

Don Young (R-AK)-FAX: (202) 225-0425 [email protected]

Jeff Flake (R-AZ)—FAX: (202) 226 4386 [email protected]

Elton Gallegly (R-CA)-FAX: (202) 225-1100 — Go to website: www.house.gov/gallegly/

Ken Calvert (R-CA)—FAX: (202) 225-2004 Go to website: www.house.gov/calvert/

Richard Pombo (R-CA)—FAX: (202) 226-0861 [email protected]

George Radanovich (R-CA)—FAX: (202) 225-3402 Go to website: www.house.gov/radanovich/

Calvin Dooley (D-CA)—FAX: (202) 225 9308 Go to website: www.house.gov/dooley/

Joel Hefley (R-CO)—FAX: (202) 225-1942 No E-mail

Scott McInnis (R-CO)—FAX: (202) 226-0622 Go to website: www.house.gov/mcinnis/

Bob Schaffer (R-CO)—FAX: (202) 225 5870 [email protected]

Thomas Tancredo (R-CO)—FAX: (202) 226 4623 [email protected]

Mike Simpson (R-ID)—FAX: (202) 225 8216 [email protected]

C.L. “Butch” Otter (R-ID)—FAX: (202) 225 3029 [email protected]

Mark Souder (R-IN)—FAX: (202) 225 3479 [email protected]

Billy Tauzin (R-LA)-FAX: (202) 225-0563 Go to website:

www.house.gov/tauzin/

Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD)—FAX: (202) 225-0254 Go to website: www.house.gov/gilchrest/

Dennis Rehberg (R-MT)—FAX: (202) 225 5687 [email protected]

Walter Jones JR (R-NC)—FAX: (202) 225-3286 [email protected]

Thomas Osborne (R-NE)—FAX: (202) 226 1385 Go to website: www.house.gov/osborne/

Jim Saxton (R-NJ)-FAX: (202) 225-0778 [email protected]

James Gibbons (R-NV)—FAX: (202) 225 5679 [email protected]

Greg Walden (R-OR)—FAX: (202) 225 5774 [email protected]

John Peterson (R-PA)—FAX: (202) 225 5796 Go to website: www.house.gov/johnpeterson/

James Hansen (R-UT) Chairman–FAX: (202) 225-5857 Go to website: www.house.gov/hansen/

Chris Channon (R-UT)—FAX: (202) 225 5629 [email protected]

John Duncan (R-TN)—FAX: (202) 225-6440 Go to website: www.house.gov/duncan/

William Thornberry (R-TX)—FAX: (202) 225 3486 Go to website: www.house.gov/thornberry/

Solomon Ortiz (D-TX)—FAX: (202) 226 1134 Go to website: www.house.gov/ortiz/

Barbara Cubin (R-WY)—FAX: (202) 225-3057 Go to website: www.house.gov/cubin/

PLEASE – it is IMPERATIVE that grassroots rise up in opposition!!

Once again, the Republican Party is choosing political correctness ahead of property rights and the Constitution!! If enough members of the committee object, then the bill will be pulled from consideration!!!

WE’LL SEND YOU A REPORT ON HOW THEY VOTED!!

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