Skip to comments.Obama launches 'Great Outdoors initiative'
Posted on 04/17/2010 12:00:48 PM PDT by STARWISE
President Barack Obama launched a new initiative Friday to conserve cherished land and encourage more Americans to enjoy the outdoors.
The president said the "America's Great Outdoors" program will involve a series of listening sessions throughout the nation to solicit an array of ideas.
Obama is to receive a report by Nov. 15 outlining an action plan to both reconnect Americans to nature and enhance conservation efforts.
Eight departments and the White House Office of Management and Budget are to work with the initiative to "identify existing resources," and to align policies to meet the initiative's goals.
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
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This is nothing more than a land grab to keep us from being able to use our resources. I'm sure the Sierra Club fools are laughing all the way back to the hills they morphed from. Some of us though, have got the governments number on this one. It's not about "conserving" anything.
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"He promised that it won't be a big federal program driven from Washington"
Whew, I'm sure glad of that....
"The initiative will be led by the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency, White House Council on Environmental Quality and departments of Agriculture and Interior."
WTF!!!?!?! If that doesn't scream "big federal program driven from Washington" I don't know what does! Does this tie in with Moo-chelle's running the Government Fat Farms for Kids?
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Here we go with the ‘listening sessions’ again. Too bad he didn’t bother to ‘listen’ to the Tea Party demonstrators.
I thought it said, “OUTHOUSE”, not outdoors.
ROTFL!!! The Obama regime is definitely the Mother of All Freakshows.
Why does everybody have to do what Little Lord Fauntleroy wants? I thought the government was supposed to be responsible to the people, not the other way around.
Yet another land locking to keep out off-roaders and people with guns. Only the
sierra klub types need apply.
HEY OBAMA .....WE NEED JOBS....YOU KNOW THE THING YOUR STIMULAS WAS SUPPOSED TO CREATE BUT DIDNT!!!!!
Land grab and total use control
This is just another set up for the Obama Administration to give out money to their sellected politically worthy for bike trails. Listening tour? Hah!
If we don’t get some JOBS, that’s where everyone is going to be sleeping...in the GREAT OUTDOORS!
When he is on his listening toour, does he expect his subjects to say, “Thank you”?
In other words, they're rolling out the Delphi Technique
Will these listening sessions be indoors or out?
Do you have a map that shows how much US land is under UN control via the Heritage Treaty thingy?
Incredible that the fed own any state land at all.. or at least a reasonable amount intended for specific use and purpose.. and not such blatant grabs as we have seen over the years.
Good stuff at that link! Bookmarked.
He must have something good plan for them to come back recommending to him—or he wouldn’t schedule the report for right after the election!
Millions more are unemployed since he was sworn into office.
Gasoline has gone up about a dollar a gallon since thend...about a 50% increase.
He is threatening to raise our electricity costs by whopping amounts.
NOW he wants us to “enjoy the outdoors” ?????
Um, has Zer0 ever even been outdoors? And Osama’s cave in Afganistan doesn’t count.
Seventy One More United Nation’s Heritage Sites Planned
Many Americans have been disturbed to find that there are 22 areas in this nation that have been designated as United Nations’ World Heritage Sites. These sights are natural places such as parks or cultural monuments like Tom Jefferson’s home, Monticello.
As a result of a UN treaty called “The Convention Concerning Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage,” such sites come under the jurisdiction of the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Such designations have been the source of major debate as to whether the UN has gained control of sovereign American territory.
However, the debate may be about to rage even hotter. Because a quick look at the UNESCO web site on the World Wide Web reveals a list of 71 more sites, located within 32 states, that have been proposed for future United Nations’ World Heritage Areas.
Today, of the original 22 UN Heritage Sites that are located on American soil, fully 68 percent of American national parks, preserves and monuments are included in the UN designations. Once the additional 71 sites are in place, that percentage of American park land will soar.
The new sites will include the Washington Monument, the original Bell Telephone Laboratory and the Brooklyn Bridge. These will be added to the existing list that includes Independence Hall, Yellowstone Park and the Statue of Liberty.
The list also includes vast areas of park lands and wilderness areas such as the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, Joshua Tree National Monument in California, and the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas, to name just a few.
Supporters of the UN Heritage Sites say such designations are nothing more than a great “honor” to the nation. They assure us that there is no threat to American sovereignty and that all designated sites remain firmly under control of the United States government.
If true, then the question must be asked, why is an international treaty with the United Nations necessary? The United States has already designated most of the UN Heritage Sites as United States parks. The land is already being preserved and protected for AMERICAN heritage purposes. These lands are valuable for their historical significance to this nation. REPEAT: WHY DO WE NEED AN INTERNATIONAL TREATY TO DO WHAT THE UNITED STATES HAS ALREADY DONE FOR ITSELF?
Who Owns World Heritage Sites?
It is true that you will not find any UN documents clearly stating that the world body controls or owns American soil through the World Heritage Site Treaty. It is also true that you will not find blue-helmeted UN soldiers standing guard over any of the sites.
To fully understand the threat to American sovereignty posed by the UN designation of World Heritage Sites, one must first link this program to a series of other treaties and policies, and how they impact American sovereignty. Above all, one must understand that many in the Clinton Administration, including Vice President Al Gore, see such programs as another tool to build massive federal land-control programs.
There is strong evidence of close collaboration between the U.S. Park Service and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Committee. There is also strong evidence that the designation of UN World Heritage Sites goes hand in hand with the Administration’s Sustainable Development program. That program is nothing less than a massive federal zoning program that dictates property development on the local level, in the name of protecting the environment. The goal of Sustainable Development is to lock up vast areas of American land, and shield it from private use.
The designation of United Nations’ World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves can and does result in the centralization of policy-making authority at the federal level, particularly by the Executive Branch. Once a UN designation is made and accepted by the Federal Government there is literally no opportunity for private American land owners to dispute it or undo the designation.
Private property rights literally disappear, not only in the officially designated area, but worse, in buffer zones OUTSIDE the designated area. Not only has the federal government been using these treaties and agreements to limit access to, and use of, these lands to all Americans, but they also have used the UN designations to limit use of private property OUTSIDE the boundaries of the site.
That is exactly what happened outside of Yellowstone National Park (a World Heritage Site) when UNESCO delegates were called in by the Park Service in an attempt to stop the development of a gold mine - located OUTSIDE the park. The UNESCO delegates declared Yellowstone to be the first “endangered” World Heritage Site and called for a protective buffer zone of 150 MILES IN DIAMETER AROUND THE ENTIRE PARK. Such a buffer zone would stop development and access to millions of acres of private property. Such is the purpose of the World Heritage Sites.
Moreover, in becoming party to these international land-use designations through Executive Branch action, the United States is indirectly agreeing to terms of international treaties, such as the Biodiversity Treaty - a UN treaty that has never been ratified by the United States Senate.
Nevertheless, in 1994, the U.S. State Department published the “Strategic Plan for the U.S. Biosphere Reserve Program.” Taken straight from the unratified Biodiversity Treaty, the State Department program is to “create a national network of biosphere reserves that represents the biogeographical diversity of the United States and fulfills the internationally established roles and functions of biosphere reserves.”
A chief tactic used by the UN and the Federal Government when designating a biosphere reserve or a World Heritage Site is to rarely involve or consult with the public and local governments.
In fact, UNESCO policy actually discourages an open nomination for World Heritage Sites. The “Operational Guidelines for the Implementations of the World Heritage Convention” state:
“In all cases, as to maintain the objectivity of the evaluation process and to avoid possible embarrassment to those concerned, State (national) parties should refrain from giving undue publicity to the fact that a property has been nominated inscription pending the final decision of the Committee of the nomination in question. Participation of the local people in the nomination process is essential to make them feel a shared responsibility with the State party in the maintenance of the site, but should not prejudice future decision-making by the committee.”
In other words, the nominating committee is to hide the fact that a massive land grab is about to take place. Then, at the appropriate moment, the committee is to involve some local yokels to make them think they have something to say about the grab, then send them away, so that the committee can move ahead, unhindered. They aren’t to worry about the fact that private landowners have just lost control of their property.
This is not the way the U.S. Constitution says things should be done. This is how despots at the United Nations run things. The Clinton Administration is allowing them to do it for the sake of more Federal power.
By allowing these international land use designations, the United States promises to protect the sites and REGULATE surrounding lands if necessary to protect the UN-designated area. Honoring these agreements forces the Federal Government to PROHIBIT or limit some uses of private lands outside the international designated area UNLESS OUR COUNTRY WANTS TO BREAK A PLEDGE TO OTHER NATIONS.
In a nutshell, here is the real game being played. Through such policies, the Federal Government is binding our nation to international treaties and agreements that stipulate that the United States will manage these lands in a prescribed manner in order to achieve certain international goals and objectives. In other words, we have agreed to limit our right of sovereignty over these lands.
That is why it is charged that World Heritage Sites are an infringement on United States sovereignty. You won’t find the smoking gun by reading the treaties. It can only be found in understanding the “intent” and the “implementation” of the policies.
There Must Be Congressional Action To Stop It
The Clinton Administration is moving rapidly to implement unratified UN treaties and is working hand in hand with UNESCO to designate still more World Heritage Sites. None of this has been authorized by Congress.
Included in the 68 percent of our national parks, preserves and monuments already designated as United Nations’ World Heritage Sites, UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserves cover an area about the size of Colorado.
There are now 47 UNESCO Biosphere reserves in the United States. Now UNESCO is planning 71 more. The private property rights of millions of Americans will be at stake when those designations are made.
To stop this unrelenting assault on American sovereignty, Congressman Don Young of Alaska introduced H.R. 901 (The American Lands Sovereignty Protection Act) in the early days of the 105th Congress.
The bill reestablishes congressional oversight over UN designations and ensures that public input is allowed in the process.
It is the only way property owners will have to protect their rights in the process. The bill was passed in the House by a vote of 236 to 191.
But before the bill can become law, it must pass the Senate. Finally a Senate Sponsor has been found. Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell has introduced S.2098.
Senator Campbell is now urgently seeking co-sponsors for the bill in order to get consideration in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, chaired by Senator Frank Murkowski.
But Senator Murkowski will not take action on the bill unless there is a major show of support from Americans across the nation. The bill is controversial and is vigorously opposed by the massive environmental lobby. In fact, environmentalists refused to even participate in Committee hearings when the bill was debated in the House of Representatives.
But “time” has now become the worst enemy of the American Lands Sovereignty Protection Act (S.2098). Because if Senate action is not taken before the 105th Congress adjourns in October, the bill will die. The process will have to start all over again in the 106th Congress.
The American Lands Sovereignty Protection Act (S.2098) represents the best great hope that Americans, who love their sovereign nation, have ever been able to muster against the United Nations’ land grab. To save our liberties, S.2098 must not be allowed to die. Now is the time to mount a massive fight in the U.S. Senate to pass it.
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US World Heritage Tentative List - 2008
and when he was finished with that he and Michelle could join her husband on some snow boarding runs”
I am pretty sure that Palin’s husband races snowmobiles—not snow boards.
I would like to see Michelle & Barry go hunting with Cheney-——
OOOOOPS Did I do that?
One of the comments
The real reason why he wants us to “enjoy the outdoors” is many, many, many Americans will have no choice but to “enjoy the outdoors” after they become homeless because all the jobs are gone, or because people can’t afford the rent after their paychecks get raped by new taxes....
Grab your hoe? Say what!? ;-)
I think we are getting part of Pisgah National forest designated as wilderness.
That is my guess
grab your hoe!
And if she can’t come- bring your wife instead!
Sarah should study that, and use it for good
What about breakout sessions? You can't get anything done with an "array of ideas" unless you have lots of breakout sessions. And don't forget the little yellow stickies and, of course, the "parking lot" to put the second class ideas. Wouldn't want to forget any of those.
Indeed. I have encountered the Delphi Technique many times. It is one of the principal tricks the Left uses on weak-minded fools. I was once a member of a Methodist church which received a new pastor — and she used the Delphi Technique at a meeting. I left and never looked back.
Oh yeah....Zero the great outdoorsman!
Don’t buy it—it’s just a Fed power grab on more land!
... because once all my tax increases kick in - you’ll be homeless. So you serfs better get used to the great outdoors now.
Fascinating. Thank you.
Zero has contempt for Americans.
“...to conserve cherished land and encourage more Americans to enjoy the outdoors”
Let’s see; Birkenstocks, check; wool socks, check; ponytail, check; granola, check; magic mushrooms, check. Wow man, I’m like so ready to groove on it.
No motor vehicles, no horses, no bicycles, no this, no that.
That pretty much sums it up. Enjoy.
The BLM is responsible for carrying out a variety of programs for the management and conservation, of resources on 253 million surface acres, as well as 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate, These public lands make up about 13 percent of the total land surface of the United States and more than 40 percent of all land managed by the Federal government.
This means 32.5% of the United States is owned by the Federal Government. This is way out of line and needs to be pared back either by selling land to the private sector or by returning the land to the states in which it is located.
The use of these lands is likely to become much more restricted under Obama (remember the recent H.R. that prohibits sport fishing in all waters surrounding the U.S. and hints at extending that to all waters in the U.S.?) and the percentage is likely to increase. The "listening sessions" will highlight the necessity to preserve even more of our beautiful outdoors, boot the peasants off where necessary and then keep humans off of them entirely. He'll also use the UNESCO crap about green corridors and UN's World Heritage Conservation program. Obama's could commit us within an existing treaty to cede control of these lands to the UN. My guess is that's where this "Outdoors Initiative" is heading.
One interesting aside is that Nevada, home of Harry Reid, is 87%+ actually Federal Land. Too bad his influence can't be limited to the remaining 12% that is really his state. He'll probably go ahead and cede the rest of it to them. Alaska might do the opposite and take back what should be theirs.
BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My sentiment EXACTLY!
I see you and I had the same reaction to this. Thanks for the PING.
hahha for sure...
STARWISE, do you know if it is the president who signs a UN treaty? Does the Senate have to OK it?
once the country ‘officially’ bankrupt and we’re all homeless, we can ALL be URBAN CAMPERS!!!
NOTE The following text is a quote:
Home Briefing Room Presidential Actions Presidential Memoranda
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 16, 2010
Presidential Memorandum — America’s Great Outdoors
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL
THE CHAIR OF THE COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
SUBJECT: A 21st Century Strategy for America’s Great Outdoors
Americans are blessed with a vast and varied natural heritage. From mountains to deserts and from sea to shining sea, America’s great outdoors have shaped the rugged independence and sense of community that define the American spirit. Our working landscapes, cultural sites, parks, coasts, wild lands, rivers, and streams are gifts that we have inherited from previous generations. They are the places that offer us refuge from daily demands, renew our spirits, and enhance our fondest
memories, whether they are fishing with a grandchild in a favorite spot, hiking a trail with a friend, or enjoying a family picnic in a neighborhood park. They also are our farms, ranches, and forests — the working lands that have fed and sustained us for generations. Americans take pride in these places, and share a responsibility to preserve them for our children and grandchildren.
Today, however, we are losing touch with too many of the places and proud traditions that have helped to make America special. Farms, ranches, forests, and other valuable natural resources are disappearing at an alarming rate. Families are spending less time together enjoying their natural surroundings. Despite our conservation efforts, too many of our fields are becoming fragmented, too many of our rivers and streams are becoming polluted, and we are losing our connection to the parks, wild places, and open spaces we grew up with and cherish. Children, especially, are spending less time outside running and playing, fishing and hunting, and connecting to the outdoors just down the street or outside of town.
Across America, communities are uniting to protect the places they love, and developing new approaches to saving and enjoying the outdoors. They are bringing together farmers and ranchers, land trusts, recreation and conservation groups, sportsmen, community park groups, governments and industry, and people from
all over the country to develop new partnerships and innovative programs to protect and restore our outdoors legacy. However, these efforts are often scattered and sometimes insufficient. The Federal Government, the Nation’s largest land manager, has a responsibility to engage with these partners to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st Century. We must look to the private sector and nonprofit organizations, as well as towns, cities, and States, and the people who live and work in them, to identify the places that mean the most to Americans, and leverage the support of the Federal Government to help these community-driven efforts to succeed. Through these partnerships, we will work to connect these outdoor spaces to each other, and to reconnect Americans to them.
For these reasons, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment.
(a) There is established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (Initiative), to be led by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and implemented in coordination with the agencies listed in section 2(b) of this memorandum. The Initiative may include the heads of other executive branch departments, agencies, and offices (agencies) as the President may, from time to time, designate.
(b) The goals of the Initiative shall be to:
(i) Reconnect Americans, especially children, to America’s rivers and waterways, landscapes of national significance, ranches, farms and forests, great parks,
and coasts and beaches by exploring a variety of efforts, including:
(A) promoting community-based recreation and conservation, including local parks, greenways, beaches, and waterways;
(B) advancing job and volunteer opportunities related to conservation and outdoor recreation; and
(C) supporting existing programs and projects that educate and engage Americans in our history, culture, and natural bounty.
(ii) Build upon State, local, private, and tribal priorities for the conservation of land, water, wildlife, historic, and cultural resources, creating corridors and connectivity across these outdoor spaces, and for enhancing neighborhood parks; and determine how the Federal Government can best advance those priorities through public private partnerships and locally supported conservation strategies.
(iii) Use science-based management practices to restore and protect our lands and waters for future generations.
Sec. 2. Functions. The functions of the Initiative shall include:
(a) Outreach. The Initiative shall conduct listening and learning sessions around the country where land and waters are being conserved and community parks are being established in innovative ways. These sessions should engage the full range of interested groups, including tribal leaders, farmers and ranchers, sportsmen, community park groups, foresters, youth groups, businesspeople, educators, State and local governments, and recreation and conservation groups. Special attention
should be given to bringing young Americans into the conversation. These listening sessions will inform the reports required in subsection (c) of this section.
(b) Interagency Coordination. The following agencies shall work with the Initiative to identify existing resources and align policies and programs to achieve its goals:
(i) the Department of Defense;
(ii) the Department of Commerce;
(iii) the Department of Housing and Urban Development;
(iv) the Department of Health and Human Services;
(v) the Department of Labor;
(vi) the Department of Transportation;
(vii) the Department of Education; and
(viii) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
(c) Reports. The Initiative shall submit, through the Chair of the CEQ, the following reports to the President:
(i) Report on America’s Great Outdoors. By November 15, 2010, the Initiative shall submit a report that includes the following:
(A) a review of successful and promising nonfederal conservation approaches;
(B) an analysis of existing Federal resources and programs that could be used to complement those approaches;
(C) proposed strategies and activities to achieve the goals of the Initiative; and
(D) an action plan to meet the goals of the Initiative.
The report should reflect the constraints in resources available in, and be consistent with, the Federal budget. It should recommend efficient and effective use of existing resources, as well as opportunities to leverage nonfederal public and private resources and nontraditional conservation programs.
(ii) Annual reports. By September 30, 2011, and September 30, 2012, the Initiative shall submit reports on its progress in implementing the action plan developed pursuant to subsection (c)(i)(D) of this section.
Sec. 3. General Provisions.
(a) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of any necessary appropriations.
(b) This memorandum does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
(c) The heads of executive departments and agencies shall assist and provide information to the Initiative, consistent with applicable law, as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Initiative. Each executive department and agency shall bear its own expenses of participating in the Initiative.
(d) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect the functions of the Director of the OMB relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(e) The Chair of the CEQ is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
“How Obama is locking up our land, continued”
By Michelle Malkin August 16, 2010 11:00 AM
“How Obama is locking up our land”
By Michelle Malkin August 14, 2010 08:44 AM
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA : FREAK OF NATURE
About a year ago, an outdoors writer for ESPN wrote about the implications of this outdoors initiative, that it would endanger every outdoor sport on public lands: fishing, off-roading, hunting, etc.
JUNE 3-14, 1996 : (TURKEY : UN HABITAT II CONFERENCE MEETS IN ISTANBUL —see CLINTON HUD SECRETARY HENRY CISNEROS, ECONUTS/ ECOTERRORISM) The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met June 3-14 in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN “laws”, bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct “tolerance”-meaning “the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism” as well as “appreciation” for the world’s religions and lifestyles-is “not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement.”1 -—————The UN Plan For Human Settlements (Obama Plan),” Berit Kjos, June 1996 Berit Kjos
Posted on 05/15/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT by bronxville
Geez, everything this guy does gets closer and closer to what the Nazis did in pre-war Germany - everything from enforced healthy living to getting back to the great outdoors.