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Urgent! Public lands set to become privatized "Fee Areas"!
12 Jun 2001
Unless existing public outrage at greatly expanded "Fee" system is greatly expanded, all National Parks and Monuments will become Fee-for-Entry assets for private recreation & tourist industries!
----While few were looking, great strides to turn all Public Lands into Fee Areas and "Wreckreation" parks for private industries have been taken by tourist industry and gov't allies. To even just hike in a PUBLIC national park or monument one would have to PAY (if one can afford it)...and, of course, be checked and monitored by Forest Police. Heavy penalties provided for "sneaking into" your own public lands! Money to go to facilitate development of tourist biznesses...even as logging, mining, grazing and other industries get free or virtually free access to take what they want.
Here's this from Scott Silver of Wild Wilderness. URGENT! Check his site!
******* MAJOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE FEE-DEMO ISSUE! *******
Yesterday, Senators Graham (D-FL) and Akaka(D-HI) introduced new legislation known as the 'National Parks Stewardship Act' (available online at:
A quick read of the bill reveals that it is a dozy!!
The bill is primarily concerned with the recreation fee demonstration program and with challenge cost share partnerships. The bill, if passed,
would make fee-demo permanent for all the National Park Service, the USFS,
the BLM and the USFWS. It would permanently modify the Land Water
Conservation Fund to provide broad new recreation fee collection authority
and would facilitate private-public partnerships for development of
recreation and tourism infrastructure on public lands. There is even a pilot
program within the bill for the purpose of attracting "professionals with
expertise in areas such as business management who are not typically
attracted to careers in the National Park Service!"
It is, in short, the American Recreation Coalition's dream bill.
Is it a coincidence that this particular piece of legislation was introduced
on the very first day of the American Recreation Coalition's Great Outdoors
I think not!
Needless to say, with the full support of the Bush Administration and with
the help of Democratic leaders in the newly Democratic-controlled Senate,
ARC is now racing ahead in implementing its Industrial Strength Agenda. It
is now possible that before this year is over, the Corporate Takeover of
Nature will be complete.
This is breaking truly major and breaking news. More updates will follow.
248 NW Wilmington Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
e-mail: ssilver (at) wildwilderness.org