As reported in the Bitterroot Star and the Republic, commissioner Suzy Foss has arranged for Ken Ivory (a Utah state representative and CEO of the American Lands Council) to speak to elected officials and selected business people about how to get federal land (your birthright) transferred to state and local control.
A group of concerned citizens has put together some counter activities to inform the general public on this sneak attack on our rights and to counter the half-truths and mis-information spread by the American Lands Council and Mr. Ivory.
First, at 11:00 am this coming Monday (December 9th) morning, our group will present a citizens’ resolution of support for our federal public lands to our commissioners and ask them to adopt the resolution. Should be good theater! We need to pack the house.
Second, in order to provide a more “fact-based” treatment of such “land grab” efforts, Bitterrooters for Planning is bringing in Professor Martin Nie, from the College of Forestry and Conservation at UM, to give a free, public lecture on these Sagebrush Rebellion style movements. His lecture is Monday, December 9th, at 6:30 pm in the Community Center in City Hall (Bedford Bldg.) at 225 south 2nd street. Dr. Nie has published extensively on the topic and recently provided expert testimony to the Montana Legislature on the matter.
Third, Mr. Ivory is scheduled to make a public presentation on how local governments can take over federal public lands on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm in the Eagles Lodge on 2nd street. We need a strong turnout to show Mr Ivory and his ilk that Ravalli County citizens do not appreciate such anti-American activities designed to take away our rights. American flags will be available for waving.
It is easy to say this is just another Sagebrush Rebellion type movement that will fade away like all the others. But we cannot take that chance – these people are well funded (Koch Brothers) and are not going away. And we need to express to our commissioners in no uncertain terms that this land-grab effort cannot not stand.