Forcing a sale by any means, means “BY ANY MEANS”.
Looking at the ranchers in South eastern Oregon the key need is the Feds getting a hold of resources (gold, water, timber,uranium, etc.) The FEDS have an agenda to take all resources of the States land. In order to do so they must remove the people. The FEDS need to acquire the land that people own.
These families have been on this land for 50 to 100 plus years. To remove them the FEDS need to by law buy the property, just to make it look good. If the property owner knows the value of the land they will have a different idea than the FEDS. The FEDS have learned from Ecology groups that they need to reduce the land values thru subversive measures. These subversive measures include altering the normal environment in order to lower the land value. This will include rerouting water in order to flood land that is not normally flooded when water is captured in a normal channel of flow, like a creek, ditch or river. If the land has water sitting on it for 90 days then the land is then designated wetlands. The wetlands designation comes with a whole slew of regulation for protection. What is now affected by the wetlands designation is water quality, air quality, habitat for endangered and threatened species and buffer zones (100 foot). The human regulation regarding a wetland it depends upon the species that are found in or around the wetland.
Lets look at an example If an area becomes wet and a frog jumps into the pond or water of the wetland and the frog is on the endangered or threatened list then the wetland is now a protected area. A buffer of 100 feet is applied to the wetland and no human activity is allowed on or near the wetland in order to preserve the habitat of the frog. This applies to any bug, animal, mammal or plant. Get the picture.
Now in Oregon the FEDS rerouted water onto ranch land that flooded the land. Created big areas of wetland. The regulation put on the ranchers were oppressive. The choice of the rancher is wait it out and become broke or sell the land to the ones creating the regulations. The choice is give up and go away or struggle the rest of your life. If you struggle and oppose the FEDS and their regulations pressure is applied by threatening to fine you. The fines are exorbitant. $100,000.00 for taking a stick out of a stream impeding water flow. Or in the case of the Sacketts in Idaho $37,000.00 a day. (that is $1,100,000.00 a month million). These regulations destroy businesses in the local area, they close and go else where. The tax dollars to support schools and emergency response are reduced. Harassment by the FEDS is ongoing. They continually remind the land owners they cannot touch the water to improve their property. Meeting are held on a regular basis to talk about flood control. This is a way for them to get a pulse of the community. It is also away to pit neighbor against neighbor.
In the case of Canyon City Oregon where a fire was so large and happened so fast no one had time to protect their property. One land owner lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in timber due to the BLM and US Forest Service policies regarding forest practices. These policies have been being implemented and adjusted for years. Many of these practices started during the listing of the Spotted Owl threatened species act in 1990. These practices have destroyed jobs and families.
With the ludicrous practices of the US Forest Service, fuel for fires are not allowed to be harvested (cleaned up). An example is the beetle kill in Montana. The Mountain Pine Beetle infestation has killed of thousands of trees. As the tree dies it dries out and turns red, the needles do not fall immediately. As most know pine needles catch fire with just a spark. The forest service will not allow local companies to go in and harvest the pine beetle invested trees. These trees are just waiting to be fuel for lightning strike fires. The same in Oregon the dead fall is fuel for fires. The policy of the US Forest Service is to leave dead fall for the natural habitat of bugs, small animals and natural decomposition. All of this in the name of “HABITAT”.
In Canyon City Oregon the fire took place in August 2013. The fire completely destroyed homes and businesses. There are people who know that the forest practices is why the fire became such a big inferno. Fires do happen naturally and it has been good to destroy diseases of the forest and in the past forests would come back healthier. In this case it will NOT.
The land will no longer will be able to handle water. During snow melt and heavy rains water will flow down the mountains and hills unimpeded. Brush and grass help slow water so that it will be absorbed and seep into the ground nourishing the root growth of remaining trees and seedlings for nourishment of regrowth. Grasses and moss are natural filters to clean water and cooling for the streams below. The water in this area will erode silt and fill in the creeks and rivers below. This will create flooding problems. Many will not recover from the fire devastation let alone a flood disaster.
Logging in the area is now gone. There are no trees to harvest. Just like Spotted Owl logging was cut off. Families that relied resource harvesting will have to leave and seek a living elsewhere. The FEDs will cut off all access to the forest that was burned out. The reason will be to allow the “HABITAT” to recover. The flow of money into every organization will be immense just to study the recovery. Any residence left will be not be allowed to sneeze for fear that it will disturb the regrowth of “HABITAT”. What type of habitat will it be? Name any animal, plant or bug that was is or could grow and live will be the “HABITAT”.
If they do anything to help rivers and creeks flow better they will be met with gun-toting Eco-cops to stop them. If they plant anything to help with erosion they will be met with more gun-toting Eco-cops. After all the law is the law.
Why do the FEDS get to regulate us out of our sovereign rights to the land and protecting the land?