Our Klamath Basin
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
regarding federal land buy-outs
by Norman MacLeod,
It's pretty easy to see
that, while the Congress in the Other Washington
are willing to fund the purchase of more land from
private citizen landowners, it does not express
(with funding) a similar willingness to provide
adequate care for the lands that it already owns.
In Jefferson County, that means about 62% of the
land within the county's borders.
I would strongly support a
piece of federal legislation that accomplishes:
The federal government is
not providing adequate stewardship of the lands
it already holds. Why should it be allowed to
acquire more before it can demonstrate the same
levels of stewardship that environmental groups
expect of private citizen landowners?
If such legislation can be
introduced and passed, it will not only provide
for the movement away from purchasing still more
land the government won't be able or willing to
adequately take care of, but it will also
provide a breathing/thinking space for what we
really need in terms of government land
ownership in the future. While the flexibility
to continue purchasing productive land for the
purposes of conservation in the near term
becomes severely limited, it's cortically
important that we, as a nation, own up to our
responsibility for what we've already allowed to
be placed in federal ownership. Now that we
have collective ownership of so much of the
nation's land resources, we have to step up to
the plate and accept our responsibility for
adequately caring for those lands before we
should be allowed to purchase more.
P.S. from a concerned New
government should prohibit itself from
purchasing any more land until such time as it
has cleared its debt."
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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