Forest Plan Update – Part V (The Wildlands Project)

“We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity’s sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight.”

David Foreman, founder of Earth First!, past director of the Sierra Club and co-founder of the Wildlands Project

“The collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans.”

Dr. Reed F. Noss, co-founder of the Wildlands Project

Are the anti-access proposals that are being advanced by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Sierra Club in their Conservation Alternative 6 an isolated campaign, or part of a much larger goal? Is there a connection to the “Wildlands Project”, founded by Dave Forman and Reed Noss, which seeks to return much of North America to its’ pre-European state? As we will show the evidence speaks for itself.

As we’ve pointed out in our “Forest Plan Updates,” the goal of the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club is to remove what has been estimated as 60 to 70 percent of our access to the Forests.

The CBD and the Sierra Club have pinned their hopes on the fact that the public will not read the proposals contained in Alternative 6. They have relied on a deceptive tactic to hide the details of their alternative by the use of emotionally appealing slogans such as “Protect and Restore our Forests!” and not truthfully telling the public of the radical proposals this slogan represents.

The Sierra Club has criticized the Forest Service’s chosen alternatives in the press, yet in the very same stories they have not revealed to the public the fact that their Alternative 6 would severely limit the public’s ability to access the forest. Why the lack of honesty?

I believe the real goal of the CBD and the Sierra Club is to set the standards, time periods and conditions in the Forest Plans so high they cannot be met, thus opening the avenue for their real agenda; to manage by lawsuit, closing access off for not complying with the requirements or standards of the Forest Plan if Alternative 6 were adopted.

They have been very successful in the past using the courts to force closures due to what they claim are violations of policy or the Endangered Species Act. Remember, there are many other provisions in their plan dealing with other management issues that would have a drastic effect on public access; we’ve just touched the surface in our Forest Plan Updates.

But the campaign to “Protect and Restore our Forests!” by removing the majority of public access is not an isolated one. It is part of the “Wildlands Project” being promoted by environmental organizations to restore much of North America to its’ pre-European state. But like their Forest Plan campaign, the devil is in the details, details you won’t find on the Wildlands Project web site:

To find out the details and gain a deeper understanding of the history and ideology of the Wildlands Project (given to you in the words of the founders of the movement, including Dave Forman who was also one of the founders of EarthFirst! and Dr. Reed Noss) visit this web site:

No sane person would argue against protecting the environment. Where the danger lies is how you go about it. Do you look for technology and common sense methods, balance and reason to achieve it? Or do you make attempts to go backwards and return 50 percent of the U.S. to its “pre-European” state with an ideology that has a deep disdain for mankind?

Even the California Wilderness Campaign innocently and emotionally touts its support of the Wildlands Project on its web site:

Radical Forest Plan proposals, relentless Wilderness bills, as well as the movement to remove dams, roads and reservoirs, are just a part of the agenda to bring the Wildlands Project to fruition.

EarthFirst! described this campaign on their web site:

Dave Forman, the Sierra Club (he was a past director), the CBD and their followers do not care what will happen to the millions of citizens affected by their goal to bring the Wildlands Project to fruition, to remove access to our public lands and apply restrictions similar or more severe than the wilderness act.

“Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs.”

John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

You can see the net effects of the “Wildlands Project” campaign in their Alternative 6 Forest Plan proposals that seeks to remove 60 to 70 percent of the access to our public lands. Their slogan should not be “Protect and Restore our Forests!” it should be “Adopt the Wildlands Project and Remove Public Access!”

Dave Forman and the leadership of the environmental movement are not fools. They realized that the radical ideology Dave Forman originally espoused has only alienated the public. They understand the lesson behind the story about boiling a frog. If you want to boil a frog don’t make the water too hot or the frog will realize what is up and attempt to jump out. If you slowly warm the water, before the frog realizes it, the water is boiling and he is a dead frog.

“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.”

D.H. Lawrence

Dave Forman and his allies in the environmental movement understand the public’s trust in, and emotional attraction to, the so-called mainstream environmental movement. They hope Americans can be convinced to relinquish their freedom and have lost our appreciation for it – and they understand how to take advantage of this apathy. Instead of openly advocating terrorism to advance his agenda, as Dave Forman has in the past, he will use the millions of dollars in the coffers of these organizations to support policy or legislation that will slowly bring their ideology of the Wildlands Project to fruition.

Dave has decided to move on and start a new organization, The Rewilding Institute, but he will still be collaborating with the “Wildlands Project”

“We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade
religion — guilt-free at last!”

Stewart Brand (writing in the Whole Earth Catalogue)

As I’ve stated, the Sierra Club deceptively hides the details that will radically affect their naïve supporter’s ability to access our public lands by hiding this ideology behind emotionally appealing slogans such as “Protect and Restore our Forests!” But as I will point out in my next update, there are other aspects to their ideology that will severely affect our ability to maintain America’s standing in a world where nothing is certain, and as recent events have shown, very uncertain.

The supporters of the Wildlands Project have no deep understanding of freedom; it has been replaced with a blind obedience to the whims of the environmental movement. This blind obedience to the environmental movement is testimony that their followers are slaves to their ignorance – as well as the deception of the CBD and the Sierra Club.

Like the frog slowly boiled to death, will their fate, as well as ours be sealed? Even the founder of the Sierra Club Mountain Bike Committee, when questioned at the San Juan Forest Plan meeting, stated to me he had not yet read through the details of Alternative 6, which he was supporting; this shows the depth of this blind obedience.

“None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrong looks like right in their eyes.”

Johann Goethe

Will you follow blindly? Do you value your freedom and are you willing to defend it? Or do you find your salvation in the abdication of your freedom to the ideology of the environmental movement and the success of the Wildlands Project?

As important as the future of our forests, as I will point out in my next update, the future of our country rests on this decision. I put my faith in you, my fellow citizens, to not fail those who came before us, and to not fail those that will come after us.

What will you decide?

You are being given the opportunity to protect your freedom to access your public lands by commenting on the future of your forests; please take this responsibility seriously.

We will be evaluating and commenting on the forest plans before the comment period ends in August. We will be releasing these comments to our supporters to evaluate with an email address to the Forest Planning Team so you can comment too. Please do your part to protect your access by visiting our web site for this information or sign up on our email list to be kept informed on the forest plans.

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