To all Elected Government Citizens in Washington, WA Senate and House, Media, Property Owners, Evergreen Freedom Foundation, American Policy Center and Friends:
This is a notable email below by Jim Beers "Ivory-billed Showdown" that is going around the property owners discussion groups.  This leads me to the following rant.
All of the green looking stones laid as foundation for the environmental house of cards in the name of spotted owls, ivory billed woodpeckers, ESA, EPA, fish movement, global warming, wilderness corridors, conservation easements, sustaining development, smart growth, growth management act, agricultural preservation act, critical area ordinances, wet lands, water resource inventory area, even eminent domain rest on sand.  These stones are made from paper-mache by and for government and environmental lobby control and profit at the expense of constitutional freedoms and injurious assault on private property.  These green looking stones are stage props that look like the real thing but they are fakes.
However inefficient and unpopular the free market may be to some, there is no inefficient organization greater than the government.  Conversely, the free market is the most efficient frontier and stands far above any contrivance of government or green lobby or any other lobby groups.  There is no U.S. tyranny greater than unelected 10 billion dollar green groups pushing their narrow radical selfish agenda on property they do not own.   Environmental and government intervention on private land and our water  and roads without compensation and the owners permission is communism at it finest.
Anyone who believes they can plan and manipulate private property for any reason and the associated constitutional rights without compensating the property owners or without consent of the property owners has become a criminal.  Anyone who stands by and does nothing and allows this to happen is an accomplice to the crime.  We property owners know well who these people are.
By whatever contrived legislation, ordinance, regulation, act or law enacted by someone or some group, steals property from rural or urban property owners without their consent and without fair compensation.  These government  and non government groups have committed an act of crime and even terror against some families faced with the despicable actions such as the King County DDES.
It is time for everyone to stand up for freedom and throw back this green extremism and those people using this tactic.  We need to vote out and kick out and ridicule out all government people who forgot what it is like to bear the responsibility of owning property.  Farmers do not need government or 1000 Friends of WA  or CELP or King County Administration and Council or Washington State DOE stealing our land, our water, our access and invading our property and homes and assaulting our families and our way of life in the name of some green theme.  
Urban and rural home owners do not need King County gouging illegal fees for simple remodels and charging exorbitant fees with contrived "full cost absorption" schemes.  Homeowners do not need the arrogance of King County DDES obstructing their simple requests to remodel and up grade their lives.  This county does not need the King County Executive and Democratic Council and the DDES who disrespects private property rights.  This county does not need a government that spends more time in court defending its aggressive green obsessive behavior than protecting our freedoms.  This county and state do not need it own government organizations like Association of Washington Cities and
Department of Natural Resources blocking citizen initiatives to freely and legally exercise their right to veto obstructive government polices.
The government and environmental people enacting these polices should not be in government where they can so easily continue to oppress our freedoms and make our lives miserable for their own selfish narrow minded gains.
Jack Venrick
Rural Property Owner
Enumclaw, WA

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 2:29 PM
To: Jim Beers
Subject: Ivory-billed Showdown


As Secretary of the Interior Norton saddles up to ride off into the sunset and Governor Kempthorne ties up his pony at the Interior Department hitching post a tempest in a teapot rages in "scientific"  journals and University hallways.  I speak of the truly outrageous matter of the manufactured "discovery" of the long-extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Federal woodlands in Arkansas.

If we are to learn anything from this matter it is that nothing is too illegal for our Federal bureaucrats; nothing is out of bounds when votes are to be bought; PT Barnum was correct about the American public; and the continued use of "best science" and "University experts" as references or as a basis for public policy ranks right up there with fortune tellers and Mafia enforcers.

I have written seven articles and much personal correspondence on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker scandal over the past nine months.  The articles can be read on my website and blog noted at the end of this article.  In short, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Cornell University and several environmental profiteer-insiders like The Nature Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation secretly told Congress that they had discovered a heretofore thought to be extinct woodpecker.  They did this about 3 years ago and Congress secretly gave them ($10?) ($15?) (?) million dollars to set about buying easements and buying land and creating new positions and whatever else was "needed" to "save" the Woodpecker.

This was kept secret for two years while land was purchased and easements purchased on woodlands in southern Arkansas.  After it became public almost a year ago, the rural folks were told they were going to get rich from tourism and that "experts" were in the process of determining what would be done to "save" the woodpecker.  Environmental organizations began to warble about "needing to protect 5.5 million acres throughout the south".  Everyone was told hunting for ducks and turkeys and deer in the woodlands would not be impaired (this in spite of the fact that the Ivory-billed woodpecker is described in old literature as appearing like a "pintail duck in flight").

During this secret period, land easements were purchased from uninformed landowners by tax-supported organizations.  During the secret period, plans were laid by government and a select few "partners about how they would buy land, publicize and fund future needs, and who would be allies and opponents and what to do about them.  In other words it was like what these same actors did on the west coast when they used the spotted owl to close down logging and forest use and management and rural communities.  When I applied under The Freedom of Information Act for all documents, correspondence, phone calls, meeting notes, etc. from this secret two-year period the "honorable" solicitors in the Department of the Interior denied my request because I wouldn't understand all of the technical nuances.

Fast forward to March 2006.  After almost a year of battalions of "researchers", "graduate students", bureaucrats, and amateur "birders" saturating southern woodlands with every technical device known to man no one has found said woodpeckers anywhere in the southern United States.  Envy (like puppies watching others feed) has generated competing claims of more needed woodpecker research and inventories in Texas and the Carolinas and even in Florida.  But alas, this has all generated only a few more ignoramuses like me and even a few esteemed professors saying that there may not be any Ivory-billed Woodpeckers flitting about the southern woodlands.

Imagine that!

The question is not (in spite of what the newspapers and journals and public affairs flacks for the US Fish & Wildlife Service and their environmental crony organizations say) whether the bird exists or whether it was mistaken for a Pileated Woodpecker amongst the thick southern forest tree trunks or honest men having made an honest mistake.  NO, no, no. The questions that should be asked are:
(I could go on for pages here but my time and your patience are limited.)
The real question is how did this happen and how do we prevent it from ever happening again?
After spending the last six years of my career getting beat up by these environmentalists and animal rights outfits and then writing about them for the past six years in retirement, the chance that this was all a mistake and that any of these bureaucrats, professors, and environmental "executives" believed any of this or were working with pure motives is about as great as asserting that Pol Pot was about to open refugee centers just before he was overthrown.
I won't be taking any bets either that anyone will ever be held accountable.  Remember this the next time you read about the US Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy and Cornell and the Wildlife Federation or listen to one of their presentations or discover them in your backyard.  Remember and ask yourself how these increasingly egregious affairs got worse and worse.  Like bullies in class or thugs on the street, unaccountability breeds worsening conditions for everyone.

Jim Beers
17 March 2006
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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and
Washington DC.  He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands.  He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security
Supervisor in Washington, DC.  He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority.  He resides in Centreville, Virginia with his wife of many decades.

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