Big Vote on National Heritage Area LAND GRAB This Wednesday! NO TIME TO LOSE!

Plans ready to sneak massive Heritage Area land grab through Lame Duck Session Urgent Action Needed

November 31, 2006

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On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources committee will vote on an enormous National Heritage Areas land grab bill that would empower and enrich anti-property rights special interest groups.

We must ACT NOW to stop it!

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) plans to quietly introduce the “Celebrating America’s Heritage Act” which would create six, count them SIX, new national heritage areas, including the highly controversial “Journey Through Hallowed Ground” heritage area. The elitist special interest groups lobbying for this bill already received a sweetheart one million dollar earmark, presumably from Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), to lobby for his pet, land grab project. Now they stand to get another $15 million should the Grijalva bill pass. Money they will spend lobbying for property rights restrictions.

Should Grijalva’s bill become law, anti-property rights interest groups and the National Park Service will have the power to force land use restrictions on countless property owners across the nation.

National Heritage Areas are preservation zones, with boundaries, run by the National Park Service in “public/private” partnerships with green special interest groups. The groups get millions of tax dollars for the sole purpose of lobbying local governments to strip landowners of their property rights.

This bill must be stopped!!!

As Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) describes National Heritage Areas:

³[Once] a federal line is drawn around property for a heritage area, the door for annual federal earmarks and grants is opened…When the federal government draws a federal line around private property, negative impacts on the private property owner will always result.”

ACT NOW! MAKE AS MANY PHONE CALLS AS YOU CAN!

Action to Take

1. Call Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) at (202) 225-6205 and tell him to do everything he can protect property rights and limited government by stopping the “Celebrating America’s Heritage Act.” Tell him NO MORENATIONAL HERITAGE AREAS!

2. Call Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) at (202) 225-6536 and tell him to do everything he can protect property rights and limited government by stopping the “Celebrating America’s Heritage Act.” Tell him NO MORENATIONAL HERITAGE AREAS!

3. Call House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and (202) 225-5765 and tell him VOTE NO on, and rally his colleagues on the committee against, Rep. Grijalva’s “Celebrating America’s Heritage Act.”

4. Call House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and tell him that Americans are SICK of national heritage area land grabs that enrich wealthy, anti-property rights special interest groups!

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.