GOVERNMENT LAND GRAB CRISIS SOURCE MATERIAL (1998 and 1999)
on CURRENT NATIONAL LEGISLATION PROPOSALS

= KEY DOCUMENT (Most Important)

RECENT GO TO FIRST HALF 2000 SOURCES  
12/18/99 G. RAY ARNETT, Former National Wildlife Federation President Ray Arnett condemns CARA: "CARA is destined to be a disaster for one of its intended beneficiaries, the sporting community of hunters and fishermen who are the true and best conservationists in America." He was also Interior Department Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks (1981-1985), and Director, California Department of Fish and Game.
11/21/99 JOAN MCKINNEY - The Advocate (Baton Rouge) - TIDE STILL OUT ON OCS PLAN 
11/16/99 MIKE DOOGAN, Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) - DON YOUNG A GREENIE? HE MUST BE UNDER THE CONTROL OF ALIENS - For every speck of his more than 25 years in Congress, all it took to launch Young on one of his spectacular tirades was for an environmentalist to show up anywhere near him. The real Don Young hates environmentalists. Here's what he had to say about them just last year: "They are communists. They believe in the communal ownership of all natural resources, including the land. And they believe that every community that lives off the land should also be owned by the government. That is their ultimate goal."
11/12/99 LIBERTY MATTERS NEWS SERVICE - YOUNG FUNDS PATH TO SOCIALISM:  "Mark my words, we will rue this day, when we decided to set the un-reversible process in place to remove massive tracts of land in this great country from production and the tax-rolls."  Congressman Helen Chenoweth-Hage
11/11/99 DAVID WHITNEY, Anchorage Daily News Washington Bureau - YOUNG DELIVERS OIL-REVENUE BILL
11/10/99 DAVID WHITNEY, Anchorage Daily News Washington Bureau - YOUNG FACES REVOLT, GOP allies resist conservation bill
11/10/99 HOUSE RESOURCES COMMITTEE MARKUP - Reported by Chuck S. Cushman, Keep Private Lands in Privates Hands Coalition.
"Those who oppose this bill are going to get run over." declared Don Young (R-AK)
"I am loathe to give the Federal government a credit card with virtually unlimited buying power. We simply can't afford the payments," said Barbara Cubin (R-WY).
11/8/99 JOAN MCKINNEY - The Advocate (Baton Rouge) - COMPROMISE SHAKY ON OCS FUNDS USE
11/8/99 SARAH FOSTER, WorldNetDaily Exclusive - THIS LAND IS OUR LAND: HUNTERS OUSTED FROM PUBLIC LANDS? Danger 'very real' if land bill passes, whistle-blower warns.
11/7/99 NEW YORK TIMES, Associated Press, Washington - BARGAINERS PROPOSE NEW LAND PROGRAM
11/5/99 DAVID WHITNEY, Anchorage Daily News Washington Bureau - YOUNG COUNTERS CRITICS OF LAND BILL
11/4/99 DAVID WHITNEY, Anchorage Daily News Washington Bureau - YOUNG LEADS TALKS - Young pushes oil-money distribution plan
11/3/99 HOUSE RESOURCES COMMITTEE, Release of revised new "Compromise" CARA of 1999
11/2/99 ALRA ALERT, CARA MAY REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF LAND AVAILABLE FOR HUNTING AND FISHING
11/2/99 MICHAEL JANOFSKY, New York Times - PRIVATE ACRES IN PUBLIC PARKS FUEL BATTLES ON DEVELOPMENT
10/29/99 ALRA ALERT - HERE THEY GO AGAIN!!! You need to have a heart to heart with your Congressman and Senators about how property owners are going to feel if this Republican Congress passes a bill that damages landowners.
10/29/99 LIBERTY MATTERS ACTION ALERT - Mr. Speaker, Congressman Don Young is attempting to pass H.R. 701, the Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999. We implore you to stop this bill. It will be the destruction of private property and ultimately the destruction of our nation.
10/25/99 ALRA ALERT - THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS IS ON THE VERGE OF CREATING A TRUST FUND THAT WILL DESTROY MORE PRIVATE PROPERTY THAN ANY CONGRESS IN HISTORY.
10/25/99 SARAH FOSTER, WorldNetDaily Exclusive - A 'SNEAK ATTACK' ON PROPERTY RIGHTS? Clinton holds money bills 'hostage' to land grab.
10/07/99 HENRY LAMB, WorldNetDaily Exclusive - STEALING OUR CHILDREN'S BIRTHRIGHT - What will our children do when they want to live in the suburbs -- if the government, or the Nature Conservancy owns the land?...To get the picture of the future in America, look at the past in Russia --where government owned all the land. Government ownership of land is the first requirement of every socialist society.
10/02/99 DAVID WHITNEY, Anchorage Daily News, Washington Bureau - DENALI BUYOUT STALLS - MONEY WITHHELD FOR MINE CLAIM.  Read how "unwilling" sellers are converted to "willing" sellers:  "...According to Young and Murkowski, Denali park officials recently represented to congressional appropriators that Barney and his partner are willing sellers. But they said the businessmen are actually "worn sellers" - exhausted and beleaguered by the Park Service drawing out a process that should have been smooth and easy."
9/27/99 LIBERTY MATTERS, Liberty Matters News Service - OPPOSITION TO CARA GROWING - Babbitt Pushing Young's Bill
9/02/99 JOSEPH FARRAH, WorldNetDaily Editor, & REP. RICHARD POMBO, R-CA, The following article is adapted from the introduction of "This Land Is Our Land'
9/02/99 SARAH FOSTER, WorldNetDaily Exclusive - THE NEXT GREAT U.S. LAND GRAB? Big federal bucks allocated for more acquisition
9/02/99 SARAH FOSTER, WorldNetDaily Exclusive - CARA in a nutshell - What S 25 and HR 701 would do.
8/19/99 DANNY WESTNEAT, Seattle Times, Washington, D.C., Bureau - FEDERAL DOLLARS TO PRESERVE PARKLAND IN DECLINE - Highly edited version also appeared in the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) on August 25, 1999
8/03/99 DAVID WHITNEY, Daily News, Washington Bureau, - YOUNG'S CONSERVATION BILL FALTERS - Anchorage Daily News (Alaska)
6/28/99 RAY GRASS, Deseret News - CARA WOULD CARE CONSIDERABLY FOR UTAH'S WILDLIFE
6/14/99 GEORGE MCLAREN, Environment Writer, The Indianapolis Star - WILDLIFE BILL MAY NET INDIANA $18 MILLION
6/13/99 LUCINDA DILLON, Deseret News Staff Writer - UTAHNS SUPPORT 2 LAND BILLS AT HEARING - Deseret News
6/12/99 HEARINGS, HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES, Agenda and Witness List, Salt Lake City, Utah
6/10/99 GOVERNMENT LAND GRAB CRISIS, Announcing Hundreds of New Pages Posted to the Internet on the $BILLION LAND TRUST ENTITLEMENT
6/1/99 DON YOUNG INTERVIEW, Chairman, House Resources Committee, ALASKA PUBLIC RADIO NETWORK, Talk of Alaska program (call-in show). He is asked:  Don, at the beginning of most Interior Committee meetings you used to protest by asking: "Whose land are we stealing today?" But now, in this CARA bill that you just talked about, you want public money to be spent for government purchase, off-budget, of vast amounts of private land. But, taxpayers, landowners, and property rights groups whose support you have eagerly solicited in the past are flabbergasted that you -- and I'm going to quote Senator Malcolm Wallop -- "have now decided to reverse course and promote socialization of private property on a massive scale." Don, you have responded by calling those with reasoned objections to what you are doing "extremists".      Can you please explain yourself?
5/31/99 INSIGHT MAGAZINE SYMPOSIUM, WOULD IT BE A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A FEDERAL LAND-BUYING TRUST FUND?
  • REP. DON YOUNG: YES -- It improves existing conservation programs while giving direct funding to states.
  • SEN. MALCOLM WALLOP AND MYRON EBELL: NO -- Peel away the palaver and this proposal is still a colossal government land grab.

Published in INSIGHT, May 31, 1999, pages 24-27 [a weekly news magazine published by the Washington Times Corporation]

5/26/99 DAVID RIDENOUR, Vice President of The National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington - CLEAN OCEANS AND HOCKEY RINKS, Journal of Commerce, Guest Opinion - Reprinted in Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) 6/12/99
5/24/99 STAN LEAPHART, Executive Director, Citizens' Advisory Commission on Federal Areas, State of Alaska, LETTER TO CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG AND SENATOR FRANK MURKOWSKI.
  • Federal Land Acquisition Program Should Not Be Expanded
  • Maintenance and Construction Needs Should Be Emphasized over Acquisition
  • Congressional Oversight of Federal Land Acquisition Should Be Increased
5/21/99 RICHARD BISHOP, Vice President of Alaska Outdoor Council - LETTER TO HON. DON YOUNG, and attached recommendations to HR 701
5/18/99 ASSOCIATED PRESS, Washington DC Bureau, SENATOR EXPECTS FALL BUDGET CRASH, as carried in the New York Times. Alaska Senator Ted Stevens has not indicated his position on CARA (HR701/S25). Some speculate that he will probably oppose it because of his position as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He supposedly would not want more of the committee authority over appropriations to be eroded. However this article indicates that he seems to be in favor of breaking the budget agreement caps to make more money available, even in the absence of offsetting cuts.
5/18/99 DON YOUNG, Response to constituent inquiry
5/17/99 ALEXANDER F. ANNETT, The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S POOR MANAGEMENT OF AMERICA'S LAND RESOURCES
5/17/99 TOM FINK, former two-term mayor of Anchorage and former speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, SHELVE THE OUTER SHELF REVENUE BILL, Voice of the Times, Anchorage Daily News (Alaska).
5/11/99 MIKE DUNNE, The Baton Rouge Advocate, FOSTER SAYS IT'S TIME LA GOT SHARE OF OCS FUNDS
5/03/99 HEARINGS, HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES, Witness List, New Orleans, Louisiana
5/02/99 BOB MARSHALL, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, PARTIES IN RARE AGREEMENT ON CONSERVATION BILL
5/1/99 ROBERT H. NELSON, Competitive Enterprise Institute -- Update article, BI-PARTISAN LAND GRAB
4/20/99, 4/27/99, 5/4/99, 5/11/99 HEARINGS, SENATE ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE ON S-25, WASHINGTON, DC
4/19/99 NATALIE PHILLIPS, Anchorage Daily News Reporter (Alaska), BUSINESSES FLOAT SOUND IDEAS - PRIVATE-LAND SHORTAGE HAS SOME EYEING WATER
4/12/99 H. JOSEPH EBERT, Associated Press writer, Washington DC, CONGRESS EMBRACES LAND CONSERVATION, from the Internet.
4/12/99 JOEL CONNELLY, National Correspondent - Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Washington, ENVIRONMENTAL FOE TARGETED FOR BACKING PUBLIC-LAND.
4/3/99 MYRON EBELL, National Policy Director, Frontiers of Freedom, COSTLY LAND GRAB HURTS PEOPLE, ENVIRONMENT, Voice of the Times, Anchorage Daily News (Alaska).
4/1/99 PETER PORCO, Anchorage Daily News Reporter, Alaska, CONSERVATION BILL FINDS FEW FOES
3/31/99 JESSICA COCHRAN, APRN Reporter, ALASKA PUBLIC RADIO NETWORK REPORT TRANSCRIPTION, Rep. Don Young Interview
3/31/99 HEARINGS, HOUSE RESOURCES COMMITTEE ON HR 701, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
3/27/99 DON YOUNG, Chairman House Resources Committee, OFFSHORE OIL WOULD BENEFIT CITIES, WILDLIFE, Voice of the Times, Anchorage Daily News (Alaska).
3/26/99 NATALIE PHILLIPS, Anchorage Daily News Reporter (Alaska), SPILL FUNDS AREN'T END OF TROUBLE
3/18/99 FRED KELLY GRANT, Attorney, Boise Idaho, PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF IMPACTS OF H.R. 701 ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, EXPANSION OF FEDERAL AGENCY AGENDAS, AND LOCAL TAXPAYERS published in Cornerstone, March 1999.
3/12/99 RICK KENYON, Editor, Wrangell-St. Elias News (Alaska), FEDS PRIVATE LAND PURCHASE TRUST: A BAD IDEA, reprinted in the Voice of the Times, Anchorage Daily News (Alaska).
3/10/99 HEARINGS, HOUSE RESOURCES COMMITTEE ON HR 701, WASHINGTON, DC (3/9/99 and 3/10/99)
  • COMMENTARY MYRON EBELL, National Policy Director, Frontiers of Freedom. Comments prepared 3/18/99.
  • TESTIMONY SEN. MALCOLM WALLOP, Chairman, Frontiers of Freedom and Former Republican Senator from Wyoming.
  • TESTIMONY GROVER NORQUIST, President, Americans for Tax Reform
  • RON MARLENEE, RESOURCES COMMITTEE HEARING ON HR701 THE CONSERVATION & REINVESTMENT ACT AND HR798 THE RESOURCES 2000 ACT, Testimony of Safari Club International Executive Director Ron Marlenee
3/10/99 DAVID WHITNEY, Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), YOUNG IRKS OLD FRIENDS, PARKS BILL DRAWS REBUKES
3/9/99 REPRESENTATIVE HELEN CHENOWETH, R-Idaho, CHENOWETH BLASTS LAND GRAB PROPOSALS.
3/2/99 JEFFERY A. ZINN, Resources, Science & Industry Division, CONSERVING LAND RESOURCES: THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION INITIATIVES AND LEGISLATIVE ACTION, CRS Issue Brief for Congress
3/99 DICK BISHOP, Alaska Outdoors Council, FEDERAL FUNDS FOR EVERYBODY - FEDERAL BILLS INFLAME INHOLDERS, TANTALIZE TREE-HUGGERS, GRATIFY STATE GAME DEPARTMENTS
2/28/99 CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY, RESOLUTION OPPOSING S25 & HR701
2/24/99 DAVID WHITNEY, Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), BATTLE LINES SET IN OIL FUNDS FIGHT
2/22/99 FRANK MURKOWSKI, Peninsula Clarion (Kenai, Alaska), OPINION: BILL WOULD GIVE STATES SHARE OF OCS REVENUE
2/16/99 HANDBILL, Keep Private Lands in Private Hands Coalition (Alaska), SENATOR MURKOWSKI -- THE PRICE IS TOO HIGH! Protest leaflet passed out at speech given by Sen. Murkowski at Hilton Hotel Commonwealth North Breakfast in Anchorage Alaska.
2/11/99 DAVID WHITNEY, Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), YOUNG LOOKS FOR MIDDLE-GROUND LEGACY WITH OIL REVENUE PLAN
2/9/99 MYRON EBELL, National Policy Director, Frontiers of Freedom, LETTER TO RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DON YOUNG
2/9/99 AMERICAN LAND RIGHTS ASSOCIATION, (email alert) SAFARI CLUB IS KEY GROUP PUSHING FOR BILLION DOLLAR TRUST FUND
2/7/99 DAVID WHITNEY, Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), ON HUNTING, DON YOUNG HAS RELIGION
1/27/99 ALRA, THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CONSERVATION AND REINVESTMENT ACT -- ALRA provides "The Real Story" countering Young-Murkowski self styled "facts" they put out to rebut previous ALRA complaints about their perpetual off-budget land trust.
1/27/99 FRANK MURKOWSKI, Letter to Alaskans, ALASKA TO REAP GREAT BENEFITS UNDER OCS BILL
1/21/99 ROBIN TAYLOR, Letter to Mike Henry (staffer for Don Young)
1/18/99 FRED KELLY GRANT, Attorney, Boise Idaho, FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF LANDS DESTROYS CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS, Stewards of the Range, (also published in Cornerstone, March 1999).
1/15/99 LEAGUE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY VOTERS, WARNING LETTER SENT TO ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. Stating that support for off-budget land acquisition trusts will be double counted against a members vote scoring.
1/14/99 RAY KREIG, Chairman, Kantishna Inholders Association, ALASKA BACKGROUND TO AMERICAN LAND RIGHTS FAX ALERT. Many receiving the ALRA alert will be surprised that it urges action directed at Rep. Don Young and Sen. Frank Murkowski who Alaskans will recognize as past friends of private property rights protection and fiscal conservatism. (as revised 1/27/99)
?? ROBERT. J. SMITH, Senior Environmental Scholar, Competitive Enterprise Institute, STATEMENT ON H.R. 701.
10/08/98 HON. DON YOUNG, Chairman, House Resources Committee, EXTENSION OF REMARKS ON H.R. 4717: DRAFT OF THE CONSERVATION AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 1999, Congressional Record Pages E1954-E1956
7/02/97 ALSTON CHASE -  Anchorage Daily News - Voice of the Times   CONGRESS: STOP ME BEFORE I BUY LAND AGAIN - ...In his 1961 bestseller, "African Genesis," writer Robert Ardrey observed that "the drive to gain, maintain and defend the exclusive right to a piece of property is an animal instinct approximately as ancient and powerful as sex."   We live in a permissive age, where land, like sex, is pursued without limit. Under the guise of environmental protection, a mostly urbanite society, insatiably seeking space, uses federal acquisitions as a weapon against a dwindling rural population for control of territory.  Hence, as the battle for the environment replaces the war on communism, the conflict is transformed into a struggle between city and country. And thanks to incessant federal land grabs, rural America, including its flora and fauna, is losing.

 

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