A property rights battle is brewing in the Ozarks of southern Missouri, and it’s about to reach the boiling point.
Almost three weeks ago in Big Government Puts Ozarks in the Crosshairs, I shared the public version of a feasibility study that has farmers, ranchers and others in 13 southern Missouri counties standing in opposition to the proposed establishment of the “Ozarks Highlands National Heritage Area.” Today, however, I’m able to share details from a never-before-published draft of that same study.
While advocates of the so-called “Heritage Area” will say that the draft is not relevant, Americans familiar with the way the federal government works will tell you it pays to be vigilant when private property rights are at stake.
Bob Parker is a cattle rancher and real estate pro from Raymondville, Mo., who serves as a spokesperson for the Ozarks Property Rights Congress and has read both versions of the feasibility study. In an e-mail today, he forwarded snippets from the draft that do not appear in the public version of the document in an e-mail. Those snippets appear below, followed by Parker’s comments in italics:
Page 1 — “The National Heritage area program has been developed by the National Park Service.” This program will basically take our 13 counties under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.
Page 54 – “Incorporate approaches employed by European nations for preserving parks and other special places without removing them from the life and culture of the nation.” That is a system where everything is regulated, permitted, and controlled. You will now longer control your private property. You will now be in a National Park. They call it a ”Heritage Area”, but it will give them control over you and your property when fully implemented.
Page 54 – “The formal administration of the National Park Service of the National Heritage Area program in the Ozarks Highlands would likely continue to facilitate a culture of distrust of the National Park Service in the area, particularly by private property protection groups and alternative heritage preservation methods would likely be preferred.” Seems as if they understand there will be opposition to their program once the information got out. They are trying to figure out how to keep us from understanding the Park Service will be in charge. How? Local representation is appointed, not elected, but Park Service will have final say because everything must match up with their ”criteria” or goals to keep the designation and keep the federal dollars flowing.
Page 57 – The efforts of the national heritage area program to facilitate the goals of the NPS guideline are foremost….” This will be a gradual takeover of our area by the National Park Service and it’s global goals. European style management systems? The facts are clear.
Page 58 – “Public officials from EVERY COUNTY have been contacted and been provided information concerning the function of a National Heritage Area and have offered their support towards this effort.” Did your local official read the documents about this program? Did they have any idea what they were signing on to support? Have them read this letter and ask them to get these feasibility studies and read it for themselves. Have them research “Agenda 21″ and “Sustainable Development.” This is the socialist style of land control. Do we want that in America?
Page 58 – “Special attention has also been made toward those groups who are interested in Private Property Protection to provide them with information and documentation in this process.” We just received these documents after weeks of waiting and only then by FOIA requests. When we met with officials from Ozark Action and other supporting entities no official documents were produced. I suspect no community leaders understood what was happening either. Warning: Get educated about Sustainable development and Agenda 21. All the federal and state agencies are promoting these concepts and programs. They cannot be trusted to tell you the details of these programs. It’s likely that they don’t know the details themselves. DON’T BE FOOLED!
Page 58 — “…the National Heritage Area would likely have no negative impact on economic activity.” Resource control, regulations, planning, permitting, unelected boards determining the future of your farm or business.Increased taxation to bring the Heritage Area into “self reliance”… This will have NO impact? Are you kidding?? Key word is ”likely.”
Page 59 — “This sustainable development approach…” Again, this is sustainable development. Google or YouTube it. Lot’s of good information on the about this program.
Page 23 — “Management-specified actions, policies, strategies, taken to meet the goals and recommendations of the heritage area.” The National Park service will tell the local committee what they must do to get funding. They must meet the NPS guidelines and criteria. NPS will pick who is on the board and what they do. This is the Soviet style of governing by council and committee. We have elected officials and a State and Federal Constitution. I think we should stick with that. Soviet means unelected or appointed councils that rule. This is what the regional planning centers, Federal Agencies and these other schemes are all doing, creating another layer of government over our Constitutional one. This is the socialist model of governing. Most elected officials have no idea what is happening.
Page 23 — “Resource Protection, the act or process of preventing, eliminating, or reducing human-caused impacts to natural resources and natural processes.” This is the ultimate goal, total control over our farms and businesses. Permits, regulations, inspectors, boards, and councils that can take over control and implement the new federal agency guidelines of Agenda 21 Sustainable Development. This will destroy our property rights and destroy our system of government. Are you feeling GREEN?
There’s more to come on this matter, I’m sure, so stay tuned!
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UPDATE 3/15/11 at 6:22 p.m. Central: See Ozarks National Heritage Area Plan Appears Dead.