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“…the fever tick is another problem caused by illegal immigration, because some of the migrants unknowingly carry the tick, which then gets dropped onto the properties they trespass on.”

Fed-Up Farmers Say Enough, Demand Biden Pay for Property Damage Done by Illegal Aliens

By Jacob Gurney for Western Journal

Texas farmers are upset with the nation’s current lack of border security — and they’re asking the White House to pay for damages caused by its reckless immigration stance.

According to the New York Post, farmers in Texas have had to pay countless dollars to fix damage caused by human traffickers and the illegal immigrants who have come into the United States so far this year.

Some of the financial damages caused by illegal immigration come in the form of stolen vehicles, damaged crops and destroyed property, such as fences, which can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 to repair, the outlet reported.

Richard Guerra, a fourth-generation Texas rancher, told the New York Post that the fever tick is another problem caused by illegal immigration, because some of the migrants unknowingly carry the tick, which then gets dropped onto the properties they trespass on.

According to the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology, fever ticks carry pathogens that bring about “Texas Cattle Fever,” which can be a fatal disease. There is currently no medication or vaccine that can control or prevent the disease, and the presence of fever ticks will force landowners to quarantine and eliminate the ticks, the website states.

Guerra said it is expensive to eliminate an outbreak of fever ticks. In fact, it can cost up to $400 an hour to hire helicopters to spray for them, he said.

It is easy to understand the farmers’ frustration with how the Biden administration has handled the issue of immigration during its brief tenure. While President Joe Biden and other officials have made lazy attempts at portraying how we do not have an “open border,” the truth of the matter is that illegal immigration has been an ongoing problem for this administration.

Texas farmers want Biden to pay for damage from illegal immigration

— New York Post (@nypost) July 20, 2021

The Washington Post reported border agents apprehended about 172,000 illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border in March, with comparable figures for April. These were the highest numbers in nearly two decades, the outlet reported.

However, in April, Immigration and Customs Enforcement only deported 2,962 illegal immigrants, which was the lowest monthly amount ever reported, according to The Washington Post.

In other words, at a time when our country was seeing a record-high number of illegal border crossings and migrants taken into custody, the number of deportations by ICE was at an all-time low.

This is the Biden administration’s immigration policy. Again, one can understand why the farmers are furious.

There may be some hope for those struggling along the border, as America’s largest farmers organization has been working to recover money that its members have lost, according to the New York Post.

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POCATELLO, IDAHO — The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) announced today that it is making changes with its leadership team. Spencer Gilbert will be stepping down as the Executive Director of the organization. Ben Burr, the organization’s Policy Director, will be assuming the responsibilities of the Executive Director. For the month of July, Ben has been acting

POCATELLO, IDAHO — The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) announced today that it is making changes with its leadership team. Spencer Gilbert will be stepping down as the Executive Director of the organization. Ben Burr, the organization’s Policy Director, will be assuming the responsibilities of the Executive Director. For the month of July, Ben has been acting as an interim Executive Director to be trained in the new duties, and he will be ready to fully assume the role in August. Spencer Gilbert is looking to join the Board of Directors, where he can continue to guide the organization forward in a strategic advisory role.

Ben Burr has been with the organization for almost two years, and he is familiar with the organization’s current portfolio of work. He has been building relationships with the network of allies that have been integral to BRC’s success and he brings a depth of experience that will serve BRC well in this new role. He has been engaged in public land policy since he was a teenager working for a helicopter logging operation. He grew up in Utah where he learned to enjoy all forms of outdoor recreation. He has experience in off-roading, motor boating, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, camping, kayaking, and rock climbing, and he has traveled in forty-five different states. He spent seven years working in the U.S. Senate as a digital media specialist. Prior to joining BRC, he was working as private public land consultant.

“I’m looking forward to serving in this new role with the BlueRibbon Coalition, and I think the coming years will be some of the most important yet,” Burr said. “As outdoor recreation of all forms explodes in popularity, I believe recreation access will become the defining issue in public land policy and the dominant force in public land policy decisions. I follow a strong line-up of effective advocates who have served this organization, and I want to take what they have built to the next level. With this organization’s reputation and track record, I am confident we can get some big things done, and I am looking forward to sharing my vision with our members, supporters, and those who we still need to join us in our efforts as we ramp up to fight for expanded recreation access for a new generation of public land users.”

The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes responsible use of natural resources, a strong conservation ethic, and expanded recreation access for all public land users. It has been working to fulfill this mission since 1987, and it has successfully protected access to millions of acres of public land, thousands of miles of roads, and recreation opportunities for a wide range of recreation users. BRC is uniquely positioned to continue advancing the interests of its members through strategic legal work, aggressive engagement in administrative actions, effective education programs, and a strong commitment to the benefits that come to individuals and families from getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.

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By Seth Hancock for The Liberty Loft

Klamath Falls, OR — Farmers Grant Knoll and Dan Nielsen are ready to turn the water back on at an Oregon canal after the federal government shut it off, in the midst of extreme drought, in order to “protect” two species of fish listed in the Endangered Species Act.

The farmers purchased land last month next to the headgate of a canal that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) shut-off preventing farmers from their irrigation water supply from Upper Klamath Lake, water that farmers in southern Oregon and northern California rely on. Knoll and Nielsen have held regular protests with farmers being harmed by the decision.

“It’s ours, and the federal government actually just stole it. No due process of law, no compensation…. If they don’t budge, I think we’re just going to end up taking it. It’s the only way the government gets it,” Nielsen said in an interview this week with RT.

The USBR released a statement early last month stating its decision to shut-off the water supply was in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries.

“This year’s drought conditions are bringing unprecedented hardship to the communities of the Klamath Basin,” Camille Touton, USBR deputy commissioner, stated. “We have closely monitored the water conditions in the area and the unfortunate deterioration of the forecast hydrology. This has resulted in the historic consequence of not being able to operate a majority of the Klamath Project this year. Reclamation is dedicated to working with our water users, tribes, and partners to get through this difficult year and developing long-term solutions for the basin.”

The species of suckerfish that the ISBR says it is protecting with the move hold spiritual significance to the Native American tribes in Klamath Falls.

“We do want people to hear our voice and realize that our fish are important, and that we’re important,” Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes, told the Sacramento Bee last month. “And so we want to make that statement. And, you know, we certainly don’t relish or revel in the negative impact on everybody else in the basin. But I will say there’s a certain amount of bitterness and anger, you know, because of our tragic history, and people continue to marginalize us and our fish and treat us like we’re inferior people.”

However, there are questions on whether shutting off the water has any impact on the fish. Ben DuVal, president of the Klamath Water Users Association, called the decision a “failed experiment that has produced no benefit for the [fish]” when he spoke to RT.

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Cow moose defends calf against a pack of wolves in Alaska

Do gooders

Mad Jack Hanks

Gentle readers, last evening I watched as Tucker Carlson (Fox News) interviewed a woman who by her account was an expert on wild horses. NADA! No, she was a bleeding heart liberal who wanted to show the world how necessary it is for us to accommodate wild horses on public land. Tucker fell into the trap and went right along with her. As for me, I believe there is room for wild horses on public land, but in small numbers. As this pleading lady put it, “Tucker, these wild horses have families! There are dads and moms (I paraphrase) and the children and some of these unions have been intact for years and years. They are families and there are better ways to control them rather than gather them (over 70,000) and put them in corrals for adoption or penned and fed for the rest of their natural lives!”

Here is what I find fascinating and troubling about that concept. I’m thinking, what about America’s families? You know the ones with moms and dads and little ones. The American family is being bombarded with social media posts that began to turn many children against what should be a normal childhood in the family structure. Is there a normal family anymore? For Pete’s sake, Charlie Brown, we are being spoon fed a whole new way of thinking, not only about ourselves, our values, who we really are and how “dare us for being this way or that way.” After all our good ol’ America is now and has always been such an evil country. B.S.!! I can say all of that and picture in my mind those young, so very young men who waded off those landing crafts at Normandy into certain horror and death so these idiots could have the right to proselytize all this CRAP they are trying to get us to choke down. Problem is, there are too many young folks and some older ones buying into this.

Yep, that family has just killed 47 sheep and eaten only two and the rancher is going to have to bear the burden of the loss after the government decides if, in fact, wolves actually did this and that they didn’t get hit by lightning or something like that.

Same thing with the wolves here in Colorado. “Oh my, did you hear that? Was that a wolf or a coyote? I’m sure it must have been a wolf, they live here now you know. Why, I bet it’s a family somewhere connecting with one another!” Yep, that family has just killed 47 sheep and eaten only two and the rancher is going to have to bear the burden of the loss after the government decides if, in fact, wolves actually did this and that they didn’t get hit by lightning or something like that. Folks, we are going to have to live with the “do gooders,” but in the whole of it all, it’s going to be up to us to try and make them understand our point of view and why our views are more important than their emotional attachment to these issues. I truly believe that all of this will pass at some point and time. I may have passed by then, who knows?

Also, there is coming legislation where the public will decide if farm animals get to live five years before they can be harvested. I think I know how that vote will turn out here in Colorado. I’m glad Tucker Carlson doesn’t get to have a vote.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion, remember, “a great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within“ (Will Durant) and I will C. y’all, all y’all.

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Judge puts a stop to minority farmers debt relief plan, says it’s ‘reverse racism’

by Jamie Satterfield for Knoxville News Sentinel

A federal judge in West Tennessee has joined other judges in blocking a Biden administration program designed to redress generations of discrimination against some farmers, saying the federal government has failed to show the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminates against people of color today.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Anderson issued a national injunction that bars the Biden administration from enacting the loan forgiveness plan approved by Congress in March as part of the American Rescue Plan Act — a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

The injunction is the third to result from litigation filed in seven states, including Tennessee, on behalf of white farmers in the past month, according to court records. Federal judges in Florida and Wisconsin issued similar decisions last month.

President Joe Biden announced in late March the COVID-19 legislation included funding for a debt relief program for “Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic, or Asian, or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander” farmers.

The administration explained it chose to funnel relief to qualifying farmers because of the USDA’s “long history” of discriminating against Black farmers and the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on minorities.

White farmers, including Tennessee rancher Rob Holman, are calling it “reverse racism” in litigation filed by conservative legal advocacy groups, including the Southeastern Legal Foundation and Mountain States Legal Foundation.

In his ruling, Anderson agreed.

“Absent action by the court, socially disadvantaged farmers will obtain debt relief, while (Holman) will suffer the irreparable harm of being excluded from that program solely on the basis of his race,” Anderson wrote.

White Tennessee rancher sues

Holman is a fourth-generation Tennessee rancher, according to court records. He and his father own and operate a 2,200-acre farm in Union City, Tennessee, growing “mostly corn and soybeans,” his lawsuit against the USDA states.

Holman, the lawsuit states, still owes roughly $39,000 on two USDA loans totaling $117,000 and would be eligible under the terms of the debt relief program save for one factor: his race.

“(The USDA’s) use of race discrimination as a tool to end ‘systemic racism’ is patently unconstitutional, inconsistent with the ‘magnificent words of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence,’ (as) Martin Luther King (said in his) ‘I Have a Dream’ (speech in 1963,) and should be enjoined by the court,” the lawsuit says.

Attorneys for the Biden Justice Department contend the government can employ race-based exclusions if they are “narrowly tailored” to address a specific wrong. The USDA’s debt relief program for minority farmers meets that constitutional boundary, they argue.

“Congress considered strong evidence that discriminatory loan practices at USDA have placed minority farmers at a significant disadvantage today: these farmers generally own smaller farms, have disproportionately higher delinquency rates, and are at a significantly higher risk of foreclosure than non-minority farmers,” the government’s responded to Holman’s injunction.

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Dear Polaris,

We want your support! As an organization that fights hard to protect access for all forms of motorsports, one of the most common questions we get from members is how do original equipment manufacturers support our efforts. The short answer is some have been supportive, and some have not. We are incredibly grateful to have recently received a grant from the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative to support trail inventory work for our engagement in the travel management planning in Utah.

We learned that when we go to the OEMs with a plan and compelling justification for their support, they will support our work. We are working on important things like protecting access to over 10,000+ miles of roads in Utah, we’re the only national group mobilizing to protect dispersed camping nationwide, and we’re constantly engaged in numerous administrative decisions across the nation. We have recently applied for other grants, and one application was for a grant with the Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S program.

One of the sections of the application related to how connected we are to the community of their customers. We have a large base of membership. Our social media followings are decent. And, we are connected to hundreds of groups and influencers who help us spread our message.

Nevertheless, this requirement got us thinking that the best way to increase our competitiveness for grants like this is to show Polaris, and some of the other groups we are applying with that we are you, and you are their customers.

We drafted a letter to Polaris’ Director of Branding and Corporate Partnerships to solicit their support and request a meeting to discuss in more detail our organization’s mission and current projects. We want to give you an opportunity to add your name to this letter.

Read more to sign the letter. 👇

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While fighting the Tussock Fire south of Crown King, 49 personnel, including members of the Hotshot Crew, the division supervisor, and several others, found themselves in a shitty situation.

The Tussock Fire started on the afternoon of May eighth, approximately eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona. There were a total of 226 personnel, including a type 1 hotshot crew assigned to the fire. Among them, 49 personal started feeling extremely ill.

According to an incident report filed in the Incident Review Database by Stu Rodeffer on behalf of the Southwest Incident Management Team 2, several personnel contracted an unknown virus and “experienced bouts of vomiting and explosive diarrhea.” Ten hours after the first incident was reported, an additional 22 people came forward with symptoms.

The sudden spike in unwanted bowel movements and vomit sent authorities in a scramble to contain the combustible backflow, including state and county health officials. Crew members were quarantined and given intravenous fluids to stay hydrated. New food was brought into the camp, and social distancing was enforced.

On Friday, May 22, county officials confirmed it was Norovirus, a highly contagious viral infection. By that time, no more cases were reported, and everything seemed solid. Coincidentally, crews were finally able to extinguish the fire.

According to the CDC, Norovirus is responsible for about 50% of foodborne illnesses. Common symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, and in extreme cases, dehydration and death. The typical recovery time is 1-3 days.

The Tussock Fire burned 5,546 acres and attained 100% containment on May 24, 2021. The fire is believed to be human-caused and is still under investigation. It’s unclear if the “explosive diarrhea” contributed to the blaze. When contacted, authorities declined to comment.

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Biden’s Conservation Plan Hints at Land Grab, Governors Warn

By Petr Svab for Epoch Times

LINCOLN, Neb.—Tucked away on page nine of one of President Joe Biden’s executive orders on climate change are two small paragraphs that have raised alarm among governors of more than a dozen states. The paragraphs task the administration to figure out a way “to achieve the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.”

While all sides seem to support taking care of nature, subjecting nearly a third of America to federal conservation rules is hardly what many state and local officials have in mind.

Pete Ricketts, governor of the heavily agricultural state of Nebraska, was among the first to raise questions about the plan.

The administration considers about 12 percent of American land and water to be currently in conservation. If that’s to become 30 percent, a chunk of land roughly the size of Nebraska would have to be added every year for nine years, Ricketts pointed out.

“What we’ve asked from the administration is for more information, because their math doesn’t work,” he said on June 24, announcing an executive order opposing the “30 x 30” plan.

“Either they’re going to fail to get to 30 percent, or they’re not telling us something else about how they’re going to get to 30 percent.”

His order bans the state government from supporting federal conservation programs without the governor’s express authorization, among other measures.

Ricketts and 14 other governors sent a letter to the administration in April with a request for more details on the plan. They pointed out that the federal government has no authority to unilaterally take land for conservation.

“We are deeply concerned about any effort to enlarge the federal estate or further restrict the use of public lands in our states,” they said.

Realization of the plan would be “infringing on the private property rights of our citizens and significantly harming our economies,” the letter says.

Ricketts said they haven’t heard back from the administration.

The White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Federal departments of interior, agriculture, and commerce as well as Biden’s Council on Environmental Quality put out a preliminary report in May that was supposed to outline how the “30 x 30” goal was to be achieved (pdf).

But the 24-page document still largely deals in generalities. Prominently, it fails to define what the administration means by “conservation.”

As Ricketts sees it, local landowners are already doing a good job taking care of the land.

“Farmers and ranchers were the original conservationists,” he said during a June 24 townhall in Pickrell, Nebraska.

The federal report acknowledges so too, saying “there is a strong stewardship ethic among America’s fishers, farmers, ranchers, forest owners, and other private landowners.”

But “if that’s the case … all agricultural land would be considered in conservation,” said Tanya Storer, one of the commissioners of Cherry County, Nebraska, during the townhall. “So that can’t be what they mean.”

The report suggests the “30 x 30” plan can be enacted without new laws, on a voluntary basis, while taking into consideration local input.

“Though President Biden’s national conservation goal is ambitious, it can be achieved using the wide array of existing tools and strategies,” it says.

For sure, the government already has an arsenal of conservation programs, some of them having already been in place for decades.

But if all those programs so far only achieved 12 percent conservation, how does the administration plan to push it to 30 in just 10 years, Ricketts asked.

“I don’t believe that the federal government is going to try to come out and just take land, through eminent domain, for example,” he said. “I believe the way they’re going to try and cover these goals is by creating more ways that they can regulate you and take your private property rights away.”

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As part of the ongoing travel management process in Utah where access to over 10,000 miles of roads and trails are at stake, The BLM is currently requesting scoping comments for the Book Cliffs Area in Uintah County. This is some of Utah’s wildest country with herds of elk, deer, bison, and bighorn sheep drawing hunters from around the world to the area. It is also used by bear hunters and cougar hunters. It is also popular for shed collecting. Like many of Utah’s counties, Uintah County and the town of Vernal have started promoting the off-road recreation opportunities of the area, and organized groups are starting to discover this area that has been accessed by hunters for years. This area receives heavy use from the oil and gas industries. It is also an area with significant potential for free, open dispersed camping. The area also has a rich history of supporting grazing uses.

With almost 2,000 miles of routes being analyzed, this is an area with extraordinary amounts of access to cater to the numerous users who use this landscape. As part of the 10,000+ Project, BlueRibbon Coalition encourages all of its members to make a public comment to preserve access to this area.

The Deadline for Submitting Comments is July 23. Here is the link to the BLM planning page where you can make a comment:

The best comments will provide unique feedback from those with experience in the area. If this is an area where you enjoy using public land, we encourage you to share you feedback with the BLM.

Users can also add their voice to give weight to several of the issues we will be raising our public comment. Here are some of the issues we will be highlighting:

This area receives heavy use from multiple user groups. BLM should keep open as many routes as possible to prevent overcrowding.Many of the routes that travel through side canyons and spurs and to scenic lookouts or pulloffs from main routes have high recreation value as dispersed camping sites. BLM should not be making decisions based on lands included included in pie-in-the-sky legislative proposals that have never been passed into law.BLM should not be closing county R.S. 2477 roads in this area. If R.S. 2477 routes are reclaiming, BLM should work with Uintah County to maintain the roads for public use.This area has high recreation value for hunting, off-road exploring, shed hunting, rock hounding, wildlife viewing, photography, and camping.Roads that travel through and into wilderness study areas should be kept open. Wilderness is supposed to be land that is untrammeled by man, so an area with that includes roads in it shouldn’t even qualify as a wilderness study area. Without the process called “cherry-stemming,” where the roads that cross wilderness designations aren’t counted as part of the contiguous land area, these areas wouldn’t even be eligible for wilderness consideration. Because these roads complicate the potential for wilderness designation, wilderness advocates will be pressuring BLM to close roads in this area. BLM should consider removing these lands from wilderness inventories before they consider closing any of the roads in these areas.

Also, the best comments will also identify specific routes, camping spots, and areas where you like to recreate. You can describe these briefly in your comment, or you can make route specific comments on the BLM’s interactive map:

This video demonstrates the process for making a comment about a specific route:

It’s not required to make route specific comments, but if you’re familiar with the area, and you have on-the-ground knowledge of this area, this is the point in the process where it is important for you to share your feedback.

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(Liberty Matters News Service) In a letter signed by 18 Democrats from the U.S. House Natural Resource Committee, the group encourages the Biden Administration to take meaningful action to implement 30 x 30, and offers their help: “we stand by to leverage our experience and offer our suggestions in support of the America the Beautiful Initiative.”  The letter was not signed by any Republicans on the committee, nor did nine Democrat members add their signature.

The letter states that “While no one bill could encapsulate the full scope of conservation and restoration need, the emphasis on using a variety of actions, from federal designations to voluntary conservation easements, is an important step to ensure that we are advancing conservation in every American community.”  (Emphasis added) It goes on to provide advice to the Administration on actions they should take to implement 30 x 30, which include:

Develop a clear, actionable, and measurable plan for achieving targeted conservation outcomes, and provide Congress with a roadmap of staffing and resource needs to achieve these goals.
Provide additional operational funding and increase staffing at the relevant land and resource management agencies.
Empower Federal agencies and ensure a vested role and direct responsibility to engage with stakeholders.
Fund badly needed land and coastal restoration efforts on public and private lands across the country, with a focus on community climate resilience.
Target Conservation Investments to climate-critical ecosystems.
Support Funding for Environmental Justice communities.
Protect key wildlife corridors and connectivity between protected areas.
Provide additional funding for agency planning.
Provide funding for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, and ensure all communities are heard. 
Fund mapping efforts and improve the utilization of geospatial data in a manner that goes beyond a Conservation and Stewardship Atlas.
Support a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) led inventory and continual monitoring of land and resource conditions.

One theme prevalent throughout the letter is encouraging the Administration to survey and catalog the state of land use and conservation efforts across the nation.  The last bullet point in the letter is explained as follows:

“To set a meaningful baseline for the America the Beautiful Initiative, USGS could be charged with inventorying the current state of conservation in the United States. This inventory, performed with the help of the Civilian Climate Corps, could provide essential information to help resource managers perform conservation planning and to support conservation and climate benefits on our working lands. Furthermore, with the help of these trained volunteers, USGS could then support the monitoring of ecosystems for adaptive management to ensure that we are achieving the conservation outcomes intend under America the Beautiful.”

Landowners can expect to see increased efforts to access and survey their lands for this purpose.  It is important to note that the Supreme Court’s decision in Cedar Point, discussed earlier, reaffirms a key element in the bundle of property rights, is the right to “exclude.”  However, this right is forfeited if the landowner consents to the access, such as through a conservation easement or other conservation programs.

While the Democrats letter fully supports the President’s 30 x 30 initiative, it is also politely critical of the lack of detail and direction offered in the “America the Beautiful” report released by the National Climate Task Force last May.  The Democrats state:

“Starting from this roadmap, you should work with stakeholders and Congress to develop a clear, long-term conservation plan, with actionable and measurable outcomes, to ensure we are providing the essential protections necessary to secure nature and the climate. Once this plan is in place, we would encourage your administration to provide Congress a clear indication of the resources and staffing necessary to achieve this plan.

The 30 x 30 initiative was launched in America by a very small, radical faction of the progressive movement.  Key advocates of this agenda are now installed in critical positions in the new Administration, primarily Vice President Harris and Interior Secretary Haaland. However, as this land grab has been exposed, the Administration has tried to rebrand the agenda, coax landowners into voluntarily signing onto the effort, and claim they cannot determine how to define “conserve,” all while admonishing Americans for destroying habitat.

The small handful of Democrats who signed onto this letter are advocating for the Administration to take a more aggressive stand, guided by a transparent action plan.

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