Property owners: beware! Once again, there could be another land grab attempt in our Ozark area.
We have warned you about this before. This time, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee will be holding an oversight field hearing on May 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Batesville.
Entitled “Protecting the Rights of Property Owners: Proposed Federal Critical Habitat Desginations Gone Wild”, the hearing will address the proposed designation of a critical habitat for the Neosho muckets and the rabbitsfood mussels. We have learned that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has re-opened public comments about this issue.
From the Natural Resources web page:
“According to the Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed rule will designate a total of 769.2 river miles in Arkansas as critical habitat for Neosho muckets and rabbitsfoot mussels. The proposed critical habitat designations will directly impact 31 Arkansas counties and the targeted watershed will cover approximately 42% of the entire geographical area of Arkansas. The AAC’s members are concerned that the “proposed critical habitat designation will result in costly and disruptive impacts that may or may not produce corresponding benefits, in part because so little is known about the specific habitat requirements for these species. The Arkansas Environmental Federation, the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts and the Arkansas Farm Bureau have concerns as well.“
(Keep in mind, the Arkansas Association of Counties wants to COMPROMISE on this issue. Compromise is NOT what’s needed here.)
Did you notice the amount of affected Arkansas rivers? Almost 800 miles! And the watershed will affect over 40% of our state! It’s our understanding that the Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC), the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Legislature, and Governor Mike Beebe, as well as all 6 members of the Arkansas congressional delegation, have asked for a smaller protection zone for these freshwater mussels. A “smaller protection zone”?? What does that mean? Why would our governor or congressional delegation or our legislature be supporting this? Give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile. What these groups don’t seem to grasp is that we understand U.N. Agenda 21 and how land can be confiscated under the guise of environmental protections. We know that this critical habitat designation will lead to heavy restrictions on how businesses may function and how property owners may use the water.
Fishermen, swimmers, if this area is designated as a critical habitat, you might not be able to enter these designated areas or water your livestock. The title of the hearing itself is laughable: the rights of property owners will be gone, not “protected”! This looks like a version of the WHITE RIVER BLUEWAY designation all over again. Get prepared to fight for your property rights. If our ability to access and use our rivers and streams as we should be able to is restricted or blocked, property owners are doomed.
The hearing is open to the public. Your voice needs to be heard, and your presence is needed!
When: May 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: University of Arkansas Community College, Independence Hall, 2005 White Drive, Batesville, Arkansas
Click here to read one of our many past articles about this issue.
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