Text Box:

Montana Sovereign    

AGENDA 21

in North Central Montana

Rocky Mountain Front Region

When humans first crossed the Bering Land Bridge and headed south to greener climes, many entered the present-day U.S. along the backbone of the continent that we call the Rocky Mountain Front. Today “The Front,” with its jagged peaks and cliffs, still towers over the western edge of Montana’s prairie with the same grandeur that must have impressed those stone-age hunters. It’s a magnificent gift from the past that deserves to be passed on into the future.

Abutted on the west by 1.5 million acres of designated Wilderness and reaching east to US Highways 89 and 287, the Front stretches 150 miles north and south from Marias Pass to Rogers Pass. The landscape sprawls over 418,000 acres of public lands, including three wildlife management areas, the western half of the Lewis and Clark National Forest, and BLM holdings. Its outstanding roadless areas, supporting what may be the finest wildlife herds in the lower 48, run along the eastern slope of the Continental Divide.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The Westerners who live in the neighborhood of the forest preserves are the people who in the last resort will determine whether or not these preserves are to be permanent.” Two hundred and ninety species of wildlife make a home on the Front today because of the stewardship practiced by hunters, anglers, farmers and ranchers for more than 100 years.

This culture of conservation and a love of the land guard against the threats of subdivision, industrialization, and motorized recreation. The natural and the human history of the Front ask equally for permanent protection. It’s our task to cherish both the wildlife that roams these high plains and ridgelines, and the Montana rancher who works the land in the tradition of forebears.

Groups involved in this region include the Island Range Chapter (Great Falls) and the Wild Divide Chapter (Helena).

The Bob Marshall Wilderness, Great Bear Wilderness, Scapegoat Wilderness, Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lolo National Forest and Helena National Forest can be found in this region.

Text Box: Rocky Mountain Front Campaign

North Central Montana Area Plan

Partnerships Serving Montana's Communities

Some Facts:  The North Central Montana Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. (RC&D) is a non-profit corporation, formed for the purpose of developing a regional effort to maintain and improve the quality of life for the residents of north central Montana.  The North Central Montana RC&D is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization and was authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on March 17, 1998.

North Central Montana RC&D Area, Inc. is organized and sponsored by 10 county governments (Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Phillips, Pondera, Teton, and Toole), 3 tribal governments (Chippewa Cree Tribe, Blackfeet Nation, Fort Belknap Indian Community), 11 Conservation Districts, 14 incorporated cities and towns and other individual members and interested development organizations. 

The RC&D area spans 29,439 square miles (20% of Montana’s land area) and has an estimated population of 144,579 (2000 Census) which is approximately 20% of Montana’s population.  This area, sometimes referred to as the “Golden Triangle,” produces approximately 30% of all Montana’s agricultural products (grain and livestock). 

North Central Montana RC&D was created to work toward improving the economic and social conditions for the people of the area by:

· Creating and maintaining a regional organization which can address issues affecting north central Montana through consensus and collaboration.

· Develop and maintain a network of technical expertise capable of assisting with project design and implementation.

· Improve access to and assistance in securing funding for area projects.

· Establish regional communications outreach to inform area residents of North Central Montana RC&D’s goals, objectives and programs. 

RC&D's Across the Nation

There are 375 RC&D's across the nation (plus the Caribbean and Pacific Basins).  They serve more than 85% of US counties and over 77% of the US population.

In fiscal year 2007, RC&D's completed more than 4,278 projects.  These resulted in 855 businesses created and 1,503 businesses expanded; 6,762 jobs created; 5,265 miles of streams; 370,463 acres of lakes and 1.64 million acres of wildlife habitat improved.  Nearly 837,000 people developed new skills and served over 22 million citizens nationwide.

Text Box: North Central Montana Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc.
Text Box: Rocky Mountain Front Coalition

The Wilderness Society’s Northern Rockies office is a founding and active member of the Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front a group of state and national conservation and sportsmen organizations, local land and business owners, ranchers, outfitters, hunters, anglers, and Blackfeet Tribal members.

Working alongside this coalition, we have had many successes on the Rocky Mountain Front including:

Passage of federal legislation in 2006 that banned new oil and gas leasing on 500,000 acres of the Front and the permanent retirement of existing oil and gas leases on another 120,000 acres.

Recent Forest Service decisions to ensure that the vast majority of Forest Service lands along the Front are protected for traditional hiking, backpacking, and livestock use.

With this foundation laid, we are working with the Coalition to secure permanent safeguards for the remaining unprotected public lands on the Rocky Mountain Front. We have worked for over three years with local leaders and conservation interests to help develop The Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, which protects wilderness and roadless lands and includes a component that combats harmful noxious weeds.

The North Central Montana region covers Glacier, Toole, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Pondera, Teton, Chouteau, Lewis and Clark, Cascade, Judith Basin, and Fergus Counties.

HELP WANTED: 

We’re looking for someone North Central Montana to keep us up to date on these projects and any other major initiatives.  We’d also like to report news about what’s being done to fight Agenda 21 in your area.

Contact us at: montanasovereign@gmail.com or call us at 406-626-3007.

 

 

Agenda 21 Legislation:

Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Bill

Agenda 21 Projects in the North Central Montana Region:

Rocky Mountain Front and the Rocky Mountain Front Coalition

North Central Montana Resource Conservation and Development Area

Opportunity Link / Federal Grant Programs

Fighting Agenda 21:

Great Falls Montana is considering a Complete Streets project, right off the pages of Agenda 21, using public health and safety as the driving forces behind it. 

On May 15, 2012 Judy Tankink attended the City Commission meeting to speak out against this project.  By asking several key questions, she made a big impact. 

Click on the video link for the session.  This video captures her presentation.  Move the bar to the 1:37:34 point in the video to see her presentation.

Kudos to Judy for job well done!

 

NORTHWEST CENTRAL MONTANA BEWARE: 

Be suspicious of groups that work get their foot in the door through “regionalizing” decisions across broad expanses of geography.  By appearing and sounding authoritative, they wedge their way into the process and interject their agenda into the equation, ultimately reducing accountability to the people. 

BECAUSE THEY ARE  NON-ELECTED BUREAUCRATS, AND  MANY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS  DEFER TO THEM BECAUSE OF THEIR EXPERTISE AND RESOURCES, OVER TIME THEY COME TO WEILD POWER OVER THE PEOPLE AND LOCAL DECISION MAKING THAT THEY SHOULD NEVER HAVE IN THE FIRST PLACE. DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON REGIONAL GOVERNANCE.

This is one more way to force this agenda on the unknowing citizens of RURAL MONTANA.

For more information, please check out the information provided on the right side of this page.

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: Opportunity Link

About Us—Opportunity Link is a non-profit organization that strives to create and implement strategies and encourage partnerships that will reduce poverty in the region long-term. Opportunity Link does not accept unsolicited grant requests but instead devotes resources to promote public-private sector collaborations to develop systemic solutions. Opportunity Link, Inc. was established in partnership with the Northwest Area Foundation which is dedicated to helping communities reduce poverty for the long-term.

MISSION—Opportunity Link is committed to finding systemic ways to reduce poverty and help the communities of Northcentral Montana achieve independence, prosperity and a better way of life.

Note:  Using eradication of poverty as its mission, millions of dollars of federal money are given to this organization for the implementation of Sustainable Development programs, including transportation.  See HUD Announcement here. 

Thank you Debbie Coffey for this great article from Liberty News Online

FEDERAL HORSE RUSTLERS AND THE AGENDA 21 HUSTLE
05-07-2012 11:06 pm - Debbie Coffey - PPJ Gazette

To begin with, the National Association of Conservation Districts (the “mother” of all Conservation Districts) is partnering in a way that promotes IUCN and ICLEI USA, thus pushing Agenda 21, the UN’s action plan that will do away with your private property rights and Constitutional rights.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting (April 2012), was the first meeting including Sec. of Interior Ken Salazar’s new appointee, Callie Hendrickson. Hendrickson has served as an Executive Board member of the National Association of Conservation Districts, and works for the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation District in Colorado.

Several other representatives from state Associations of Conservation Districts were also at this meeting.  They looked like real Americans in their cowboy hats, but the influence they peddled was Agenda 21. Agenda 21 was disguised behind their words about rangeland health and pushing for the removal of, and for the unlimited sale (slaughter) of wild horses.

They were in Reno gambling with your Constitutional rights.

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)
Mr. Chris Freeman was at this meeting representing the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). NACD is actively partnering with the Forest Service, which is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). On the IUCN website, it states: “IUCN links its Mission to the paramount goals of the international community on environment and sustainable development, in particular Agenda 21…” The objective of Agenda 21 is “communally and collectively owned and managed land.”

Neil Brennan and Gary Moyer, who work with Callie Hendrickson, were at the meeting representing the White River Conservation District in Colorado and pushing for the removal of wild horses. Gary Moyer is also listed as the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts’ representative to the NACD.

NACD publishes a newsletter “Forestry Notes,” funded by the Forest Service that contains stories supporting things like the Sustainable Urban Forestry Coalition, whose membership includes The Nature Conservancy and the International City/County Management Association. I’m all for more trees in cities, but let’s take a closer look at this.

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is also a member of IUCN and participates in and promotes many UN programs, which ALL promote Agenda 21. TNC is a “non-profit” that pulled in over $925 million in just one year (2010 tax form). Their contractors include Tetra Tech, the huge environmental company that prepares Resource Management Plans and Environmental Assessments for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The public is led to believe that The Nature Conservancy buys land with private money and sets up nature reserves to help the environment.

But Tom DeWeese describes the reality: “The Nature Conservancy buys private land from owners (usually at drastically reduced, land-grab prices) who think it will remain in private hands and then sells it to the government! In fact, TNC has sold more than 9 million acres to the government at a nice profit.”

“The Nature Conservancy frequently uses phony front companies to get land” and it purchased “most of the islands off the coast of Virginia, containing 40,000 acres and sixty miles of coastline. In doing so, The Nature Conservancy was able to stop all private development and control the use of the land, damaging the tax base, killing thousands of jobs, and severely curbing the locals from hunting, fishing, camping and joy riding on the islands.

Don’t think the purpose was to preserve these beautiful, pristine islands for nature. The Nature Conservancy did bar others from developing the land, but not itself. Far from it, at a huge profit, the Conservancy developed upscale homes for the rich.”

Lee Pitts wrote in Agri-News: “TNC is involved in oil production and receives oil royalties.” “It hides behind phony corporations; serves as a shill for government agencies; and works behind the scenes with more visible environmental groups to intimidate property owners into selling. Its power, wealth, and control is almost beyond comprehension.”
Range Magazine published an article about The Nature Conservancy in 2003, and pointed out that TNC was “capable of manipulating governments, including that of the United States, endowed with assets amounting to nearly $3 billon…It would be directly in control of some 90 million acres worldwide, with more than 12 million acres…in the United States.”

The International City/County Management Association
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) partners with and works “in concert” with ICLEI. It is also called Local Governments for Sustainability and was established at the U.N. It’s an international association of local governments pushing U.N.’s Agenda 21 (also called Local 21) into many U.S. local governments. ICLEI will put more power and control in the hands of regional, non-elected boards. (Not city, county or state government, where you have a voice and a vote.) This is based on Regionalism.

ICMA is partnering with ICLEI and the Dept. of Energy to promote solar technologies. (You’d think that if the BLM were concerned with rangeland health, that they’d be concerned with the billions of gallons of water solar energy will use.)

The Dept. of Energy, along with the EPA and State Department, actually FUND ICLEI USA with your tax dollars. The Forest Service also seems to be marching in lockstep to support ICLEI USA.

Was the deck stacked in Reno?
At the Reno meeting, Hugh Sanburg of the Colorado Farm Bureau commended Sec. Salazar for his appointment of Callie Hendrickson, and stated that Colorado Farm Bureau supported her. Is the Colorado Farm Bureau going to support IUCN, ICLEI and Agenda 21?

John Falen of the Public Lands Council was also at the Reno meeting. This Council claims to “promote the great American tradition of freedom,” but yet John Falen (along with Callie Hendrickson) participates in pro horse slaughter Summit of the Horse events, organized by United Horsemen and International Equine Business Association, which are “partnering” with RFID companies that are “partnering” with international RFID companies that comply with international law.

Everell Hayes, a longtime BLM employee, was representing the Public Lands Foundation at the Reno meeting. The Public Land Foundation’s members include past and present employees of the Bureau of Land Management, and its President is Henri Bisson, who was the BLM’s Deputy Director of Operations.

NACD (National Association of Conservation Districts) encourages their state associations to sign Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the BLM, and even has a sample on their website. They agree to promote mutual interests. It seemed like a stacked deck at this meeting for not only an agenda to remove and slaughter wild horses, but to deal in Agenda 21.

At NACD’s national meeting in Las Vegas a couple of months ago, members of state Conservation Districts took a wild horse tour with Southern Nevada Conservation District. (Clark County, along with the cities of Las Vegas and Henderson, are members of ICLEI.)

Callie Hendrickson gave a presentation on wild horses before the tour, using BLM’s “fuzzy math” estimates (“guess-timates”) about the number of wild horses on the range.

Hendrickson’s presentation also included a photo marked www.wildhorseroundups.com (the website for Cattoor Livestock Roundup, Inc.), a photo with S. Cattoor on it, as well as old photos from 1996, 1997, and 2002. It doesn’t seem like Hendrickson’s presentation informed people about other “uses” in the areas of the photos (either on those old dates or presently) that use a lot of water from aquifers and drop the water table. Her presentation didn’t seem to include the water drawdown maps from any projects (other “uses”) near the places where those photos were taken. The other uses of water effect water (and forage) not only for wild horses, but for livestock and wildlife.

Prior to her BLM Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board appointment, Hendrickson pushed for “sale without limitation” of older wild horses and wild horses not adopted after 3 attempts (most go to slaughter).

At the Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting, there was talk of the merging of plans between the BLM & USDA’s Forest Service with “paired decision records and implementation” and cooperating agency agreements. There was the irony that while the BLM claims concern about rangeland health and drought, it would suddenly change procedure, “extending the shelf life” of Environmental Assessments (EAs), to only prepare one every 10 years instead of the usual 1-4 years. This not only gives the BLM a blank check to roundup as many wild horses as they want in that 10 year period, it also gives the BLM even less accountability to the public.

Some things at the Reno meeting almost went unnoticed. Like a brief mention of Vortex. The Vortex Population Viability Analysis Package is software that BLM plans to use for the wild horses in our country. Vortex is only distributed by the IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group or the Chicago Zoological Society, and has “participation at several IUCN components… Dr. Bob Lacy is a world-renown researcher who leads numerous international conservation initiatives, including the chairmanship of the CBSG (Conservation Breeding Specialists’ Group) of IUCN.”

The wild horses are the canary in the coal mine.
As the wild horses are being removed from your sight, it is also the end of the trail for your private property rights, Constitutional rights, your voice in government, and real cowboys – what you are seeing in their stead is the implementation of Agenda 21 and international law.

TO LEARN MORE:

About ICLEI:
http://www.morphcity.com/agenda-21/iclei

http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/iclei-when-they-say-local-they-mean-it.html

Is your city a member of ICLEI?
http://iclei.org/index.php?id=11454

What a horse slaughter plant could do to your town:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/vickeryeckhoff/2012/01/10/texas-mayor-paula-bacon-kicks-some-tail/

What is behind the push for horse slaughter?
http://ppjg.me/2012/02/22/horse-meat-snake-oil-salesmen-fool-cattle-ranchers/

More about the Forest Service and Agenda 21:
The Quiet Coup: The Implementation of Agenda 21″
http://ppjg.me/2011/07/18/the-quiet-coup-the-implementation-of-agenda-21/

“Agenda 21 on Steroids”
http://ppjg.me/2012/03/14/agenda-21-on-steroids/

“The USDA’s Incestuous Relationship with the Rural Council and the United Nations”
http://ppjg.me/2011/08/01/the-usda%e2%80%99s-incestuous-relationship-with-the-rural-council-the-united-nations/

“Is the United Nations Stealing Control of our Water (and Republic) Right Out From Under Us?
http://ppjg.me/2011/07/04/is-the-u-n-stealing-control-of-our-water-and-republic-right-out-from-under-us/  

“The USDA Closing Roads to Public Lands While Opening Doors to the  UN
http://ppjg.me/2011/07/25/usda-closing-roads-to-public-lands-while-opening-doors-for-the-united-nations/  

“UN, Monsanto, Mining, Oil & Gas Companies Directing BLM Plans for  Public Lands”
http://ppjg.me/2011/11/01/monsanto-mining-oil/  

The Nature Conservancy:
http://www.newswithviews.com/your_govt/your_government52.htm

http://www.rangemagazine.com/pdf/spr03_landlord.pdf

SOURCES:
http://www.whiterivercd.com/?page_id=6
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2012/february/blm_
announces_three.html

http://www.nacdnet.org/policy/naturalresources/forestry
http://www.nacdnet.org/news/publications/forestrynotes/ForestryNotes_April12.pdf
http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=798
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/business/energy-nvironment/30water.html?pagewanted=all
http://www.icleiusa.org/library/documents/ICLEI_USA_Annual_Report_2010.pdf
http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/subject.html
http://www.agtvnetwork.com/blog/?p=1056

http://www.publicland.org/
http://nacdnet.org/policy/environment/climate/
http://www.icleiusa.org/about-iclei/members/member-list
http://change.nature.org/2011/12/09/delegates-deadlocked-in-durban-united-nations-climate-talks-head-into-overtime/
http://icma.org/en/icma/home
http://icma.org/en/results/sustainable_communities/project_focus_areas/current_projects/solar
http://nacdnet.org/news/publications/forestrynotes/may11.phtml
http://www.zoominfo.com/people/Hendrickson_Callie_277533708.aspx
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/people/partners
http://nacdnet.org/policy/naturalresources/energy/forest_climate_working_group_policy_platform.pdf
http://nacdnet.org/education/contests/poster/2011/forestry_2011.html
http://www.publiclandscouncil.org/leases1.aspx?newsid=2286
http://www.beefusa.org/newsre
http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/species/who_we_are/about_the_species_survival_commission_/ssc_leadership/
http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/Communications_Directorate/public_affairs/whbwebcast.Par.7376.File.dat/research_update_March2011_Phoenix.pdf
http://www.vortex9.org/vortex.html http://www.czs.org/czs/CCL
http://www.publicland.org/index.html
http://www.cdsn.org/homepage.html
http://www.publicland.org/08_current_past_news/2009/091002_bisson_named.html
http://www.whiterivercd.com/?page_id=6
http://icma.org/en/international/home
http://www.cdsn.org/homepage.html
http://nacdnet.org/events/annualmeeting/presentations/Wild%20Horses.pdf
http://www.cityofhenderson.com/sustainability/docs/Reports/
Emissions__April2011_Report.pdf

http://thealternativeview.com/tnchandout.htm
http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Agriculture-Main/CDAG/1165692857731

Text Box: U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development
SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL PLANNING GRANT AWARD
Montana: Regional Planning Grant Award
Opportunity Link will be awarded $1,500,000 to develop the North-Central Montana Regional Planning for Sustainable Development. This process will engage regional governments, planners, stakeholders and residents throughout a 36-month period to develop a high road approach to emerging jobs and contracts, and a series of baseline and benchmark metrics that can guide evaluation of progress. Opportunity Link will provide GIS-based scenario planning, training in comprehensive sustainable plan, and one-on-one follow-up technical assistance to government planning offices. Training opportunities will be provided throughout the project period with current data and new resources made available to residents, organizations and planners online through the North-Central Montana Sustainable Communities Clearinghouse.
Anticipated Project Benefits:
Engage regional governments, planners, stakeholders and residents throughout a 36-month period to develop citizen involvement, government coordination, a high road approach to emerging jobs and contracts, and a series of baseline and benchmark metrics that can guide evaluation of progress
Creation of coordinated plan elements in areas of transportation; housing; economic development; and quality of life issues, including potable and storm water management, obesity and diabetes reduction.
Funding Amount:	$1,500,000
Core Partners:	Cascade County, Teton County, Chouteau County, Toole County, Glacier County Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Hill County Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, Judith Basin County, Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, Liberty County City of Great Falls, Great Falls MPO, Phillips County City of Havre, Pondera County