No big: Obama admin looking to set aside millions of acres for habitat preservation

posted at 9:21 pm on March 26, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Ugh. This is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about yesterday: The federal government already manages nearly one third of the surface area of the United States, but inefficient federal bureaucrats, dependent on DC for their funding and often motivated by political externalities, do not make the best environmental stewards — far from it. We don’t have the money to spare to effectively manage our federal estate as it is, but heck, by all means, let’s just keep adding to it and expanding federal control, why don’t we?

A sweeping new Obama administration strategy to protect plants, fish and animals from the hazards of global warming would require the government to set aside millions of acres of land to preserve threatened habitat.

“More than millions of acres across the landscape will be required,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “The lands will be protected by easement, by land acquisitions, by local, by land trusts, by state agencies, by federal agencies,” he told reporters in releasing a 120-page National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, in the works for four years.

“We’re doing it for wildlife preservation and we’re thinking about climate,” he added.

Under Obama, 4.5 million acres in 10 national wildlife refuges have already been set aside in part to ease the pressure of global warming on plants, fish and animals, said Ashe.

Eco-radical groups just love it when the federal government gets grabby with land, because it means they can further employ one of their favorite tactics: Slapping restrictive land-use designations on specific areas to thwart any resource development or productive use, ostensibly to save sage grouse or spotted owls or wolves or what have you, the impact and costs on local economies be damned (not to mention the sometimes calamitous unintended consequences!).

I get that this is yet another initiative the Obama administration can tout to prove how seriously they’re Doing Something to combat climate change, but historically speaking, common ownership and central planning have contributed not even a pittance to prosperity and productivity when compared to the robust wealth and innovation brought about by private property and free enterprise — why should environmental protection be any different? The federal government really needs to start shrinking the public estate instead of constantly expanding it, for the sake of both our budget and our natural landscape.


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All of it no doubt sitting on seas of oil.

CurtZHP on March 26, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Will he live there though? I would like for him to move to the middle of millions of acres of nowhere and stay there with his odious wife.

VorDaj on March 26, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Obama admin looking to set aside millions of acres for habitat preservation

The big unanswered question here- What do the gays feel about this?

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Under Obama, 4.5 million acres in 10 national wildlife refuges have already been set aside in part to ease the pressure of global warming on plants, fish and animals, said Ashe.

So Global warming can be contained…
or should I say..
turned away..

Electrongod on March 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Sounds like Agenda 21 to me.

BeachBum on March 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Yet we have a totally worthless congress that does nothing to keep him in check—nothing. I hate em all.

arnold ziffel on March 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Agenda 21.

Wait till they get to the sustainable population part.

BobMbx on March 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

The big unanswered question here- What do the gays feel about this?

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

If two gays get married in this refuge..
And stay there..
Would you care?

:)

Electrongod on March 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

FEMA camps need a lot of space.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

If the feds didn’t own so much land blacks wouldn’t be cooped up in cities, so this is clearly racist.

wolly4321 on March 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Sounds like Agenda 21 to me.

BeachBum on March 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

You know, I’m thinking that if Klaatu were to show up right now, he’d nose around for a few hours, then tell Gort to vaporize the planet.

Ships log: Cursory inspection of planet reveals nothing of value.

BobMbx on March 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Sounds like Agenda 21 to me.

BeachBum on March 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

.
You sound just like listens2glenn. He’s one of those “conspiracy paranoids”, too.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

400 years later…. we’re back to hunting the king’s deer.

WryTrvllr on March 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Collateral required by our international debtlords for further government spending?

Environmental reasons my Possum Holler beehind.

PappyD61 on March 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

UN Agenda 21.

The goal is to segregate the US into three habitation zones. One will be huge urban areas where 99% of the population lives. The second for farming and military. The third zone is a no go zone … zero habitation.

It’s some scary stuff and it’s exactly what Obama is doing.

darwin on March 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

If two gays get married in this refuge..
And stay there..
Would you care?

:)

Electrongod on March 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Not at all, I am all for quarantine.

Bulletchaser on March 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

400 years later…. we’re back to hunting the king’s deer.

WryTrvllr on March 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

.
Commoner ! … You’re not worthy to hunt.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Seriously.

does 4.5 trillion acres easy global warming?
Where did this data come from?

Are there studies?

Will China chip in?

Electrongod on March 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

No big: Obama admin looking to set aside millions of acres for habitat preservation

…and tons of new Federal employees to oversee those acres!

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2013
Presidential Proclamation — Río Grande del Norte National Monument

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RÍO GRANDE DEL NORTE NATIONAL MONUMENT

- – - – - – -

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/03/25/presidential-proclamation-r-o-grande-del-norte-national-monument

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

does 4.5 trillion acres easy global warming?

Electrongod on March 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Trillion = million..

Silly me..

I haven’t seen the word million…
well..
Since President Bush proposed his 2008 budget..

Electrongod on March 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

But if you need a thousand acres or so next to a river to construct a solar panel factory whose products contain some of the most toxic chemicals known to man, well then:

“No effin problemo, here’s your permit and $10 billion in startup cash.”

Bishop on March 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

…and tons of new Federal employees to oversee those acres!

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

I know of about…149 control towers that can be shipped in to monitor the area..

Electrongod on March 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

“This land is their land, this land is their land. Don`t build on it. Don`t drill on it……”

ThePrez on March 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

UN Agenda 21.

The goal is to segregate the US into three habitation zones. One will be huge urban areas where 99% of the population lives. The second for farming and military. The third zone is a no go zone … zero habitation.

It’s some scary stuff and it’s exactly what Obama is doing.

darwin on March 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

.
Now you sound like listens2glenn !

Where do y’all come up with these “conspiratorial, paranoid” thoughts?
.
(BTW, Agenda 21 is Maurice Strong’s masterpiece)

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

My sisters and I own about 15 acres of land in Vermont right next to hundreds of acres of national forest and on the land is a city water stream. The land has been in the family for over 50 years. I have been monitoring these land grabs because our property would be ideal for a taking.

BeachBum on March 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

BLMNational
BLMNational Verified account
@BLMNational

The primary Twitter account of the Bureau of Land Management. See other BLM Twitter accounts at http://www.blm.gov/socialmedia. RT/Follow ≠ endorsement

Washington, DC · http://www.blm.gov

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html

https://twitter.com/BLMNational

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

“This land is their land, this land is their land. Don`t build on it. Don`t drill on it……”

ThePrez on March 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

And we didn’t build it..
Well…
They didn’t.
But when they do..
We will build it..
but they will say we didn’t..

Electrongod on March 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM

” this land is your land, this land is my land, from kalifornia, to NY island,,,”

Nevermind.

wolly4321 on March 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Commoner ! … You’re not worthy to hunt.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Ahhh, WTF. Protein is protein.

WryTrvllr on March 26, 2013 at 9:46 PM

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/03/25/presidential-proclamation-r-o-grande-del-norte-national-monument

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

.
Thanks for that, canopfor.

I guess the illegal immigrants will have to go around it, huh?

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

.
Thanks for that, canopfor.

I guess the illegal immigrants will have to go around it, huh?

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM

listens2glenn:Yup,or over it:)

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Commoner ! … You’re not worthy to hunt.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

.
Ahhh, WTF. Protein is protein.

WryTrvllr on March 26, 2013 at 9:46 PM

.
Yes it is ….. we commoners get the “road kill”.

Didn’t we have a thread about “road kill”, recently?

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM

If we are going to flood this country with illegals, won’t we need this land to house them?

thuja on March 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Now you sound like listens2glenn !

Where do y’all come up with these “conspiratorial, paranoid” thoughts?
.
(BTW, Agenda 21 is Maurice Strong’s masterpiece)

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I wish people would look it up. It’s all there. They can control everything in the name of the environment.

darwin on March 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

If we are going to flood this country with illegals, won’t we need this land to house them?

thuja on March 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Not if you plan on moving everyone into huge urban areas.

darwin on March 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I guess the illegal immigrants will have to go around it, huh?

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM

.
Yup,or over it. : )

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 9:52 PM

.
Holy CRAP ! ….. I just remembered “Act Of Valor”.

They can go under it !

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

BLMNational
BLMNational Verified account
@BLMNational

The primary Twitter account of the Bureau of Land Management. See other BLM Twitter accounts at http://www.blm.gov/socialmedia. RT/Follow ≠ endorsement

Washington, DC · http://www.blm.gov

https://twitter.com/BLMNational

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

US Dept of Interior
US Dept of Interior Verified account
@Interior

Protecting America’s Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future

Washington, DC · http://www.doi.gov

https://twitter.com/Interior

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 9:52 PM

.
Holy CRAP ! ….. I just remembered “Act Of Valor”.

They can go under it !

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

listens2glenn:OOOOOh,good one:)

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Not if you plan on moving everyone into huge urban areas.

darwin on March 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

On the plus side, cooking denatures viral protein like the one stolen from Galveston.

Protein is protein

WryTrvllr on March 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

.
I wish people would look it up. It’s all there. They can control everything in the name of the environment.

darwin on March 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

.
The biggest (or only?) gripe I ever had with Limbaugh, was his calling us “kooks”, back in the mid ’90s.

Summer of ’92 (during the campaign) is when I first heard of Maurice “Father Earth” Strong.

(that was his nickname then; probably still is)

listens2glenn on March 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM

US Fish and Wildlife
US Fish and Wildlife Verified account
@USFWSHQ

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats.

Washington, DC · http://www.fws.gov

https://twitter.com/USFWSHQ

canopfor on March 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

400 years later…. we’re back to hunting the king’s deer.
WryTrvllr on March 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Yep… exactly the sort of thing that went on in England when kings had power.

fabrexe on March 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

UN Agenda 21.

The goal is to segregate the US into three habitation zones. One will be huge urban areas where 99% of the population lives. The second for farming and military. The third zone is a no go zone … zero habitation.

It’s some scary stuff and it’s exactly what Obama is doing.

darwin on March 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Lighten up. Doesn’t agrarian socialism have a nice ring to it?

It could be worse, someone could consider population control with agrarian social science (ASS):

During his time in power he imposed agrarian socialism, forcing urban dwellers to relocate to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labor projects. The combined effects of executions, forced labor, malnutrition, and poor medical care caused the deaths of approximately 25 percent of the Cambodian population.[5][6][7][8] In all, an estimated 1 to 3 million people (out of a population of slightly over 8 million) died due to the policies of his three-year premiership.

Source; Wikkipedia, Pol Pot

IlikedAUH2O on March 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

“…by land acquistions…” Is there one of 0′s buddies with a large plot of land he hasn’t been able to unload on someone? 0 can buy it for $1B and then receive a few million in contributions. Nice racket he has going.

Oleta on March 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

No Authority

Can’t say it enough. The States simply need to exert themselves within their border(s). Unless of course you agree with the paradigm that the Federal Government may annex all unused land, outside of the Power to create a Capitol; Tangential “Public Use”, whereby persons are allowed to traverse, notwithstanding.

John Kettlewell on March 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

The big unanswered question here- What do the gays feel about this?

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Divide the Federal habitats into two regions–the women live in Lesbos, the men in Sodom.

If Congress is opposed to all this land-grabbing, can’t they de-fund the Department that is trying to buy the land? Don’t the landowners deserve “just compensation” under the Fifth Amendment?
Or will they suffer the fate of Mrs. Kelo?

Steve Z on March 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM

If he wants to protect the animals from “global warming” shouldn’t he be moving them north?

PattyJ on March 26, 2013 at 11:38 PM

This land is your land
This land is my land
But I just sold it
To a guy from Thailand

gordo on March 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Way to drive up house costs. This guy never skips a chance to hurt Americans.

CW on March 27, 2013 at 12:37 AM

If it’s good enough for kenya it’s good enough for us.

acyl72 on March 27, 2013 at 7:17 AM

If you want to see where Obama is headed with his land grabs, check out this map: Simulated Reserve and Corridor System to Protect Biodiversity as Mandated by the Convention on Biological Diversity,the Wildlands Project, UN and US Man and Biosphere Programs, and Various UN, US Heritage Programs and NAFTA

Note how little of the country is left for private property and normal use after the Agenda 21 land grabs are completed.

petefrt on March 27, 2013 at 8:46 AM

If that slob in the WH would shut his mouth, the temperature of the earth would drop several degrees.

ultracon on March 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Pretty sure this will further limit hunting and fishing, something they have been doing for decades. Hunting fees and fishing license fees are already used for habitat preservation, so how does cutting off a dedicated source of revenue make sense? Now the DOI will have to compete for funds to maintain these same lands and shrug their shoulders when it all goes bad.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on March 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

I know a lot of liberals, and they are always buy land for themselves on a mountain or at the beach. But they don’t want any left for anyone else. Because YOU might build a house there.

Fleuries on March 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM