I initially wrote this post about Utah’s recent bill, The Transfer of Public Lands Act of 2012, that demands the federal government give all lands in the state of Utah back to Utah.
The first post mainly pointed out that the language of the bill was very heavy on Agenda 21 keywords and phrases and that potentially unelected representatives were being set up to make decisions. Well now that some more time has passed the evidence has grown stronger.
First let us also clarify that recently Utah passed a resolution that officially recognized and rejected Agenda 21 in the bill SJR 11 2013 sponsored by Todd Weiler. So we have no excuse for being ignorant of Agenda 21. This bill specifically defines the threat to our freedoms and constitution. I recommend reading the bill but here are the highlighted provisions:
13 This resolution:
14 . rejects United Nations Agenda 21, both its intent and its potential for abuse;
15 . urges Utah’s state agencies and political subdivisions to not adopt or implement
16 policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private
17 property rights without due process;
18 . urges Utah’s state agencies and political subdivisions to not adopt or develop
19 environmental and developmental policies that, without due process, would infringe
20 or restrict the private property rights of property owners;
21 . urges state and local governments across the United States to be well informed
22 regarding the underlying harmful implications of implementing United Nations
23 Agenda 21’s strategies for “sustainable development“;
24 . urges state and local governments across the United States to not enter into any
25 agreement, expend any sum of money, contract services, or give financial aid to those nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations affiliated with Agenda 21;
27 . urges state and local governments across the United States to reject United Nations
28 Agenda 21 and any grant money or financial aid attached to it; and
29 . urges support for locally directed regional planning efforts that protect local
30 sovereignty and private property rights.
So let’s make it clear that our state legislature has done a very good thing by officially recognizing this. Now let’s also be clear that if we let any Agenda 21 policies into any part of our state we have violated this resolution. Let’s hold our elected representatives accountable according to this joint resolution that they passed. We have a starting point to legitimately demand action in any part of our state with this and nobody can say an official joint resolution of the state legislature is a conspiracy theory.
Back to the Transfer of Public Lands Act of 2012. The bill established that the “Constitutional Defense Council” would create a report to present to the state legislature. This report was completed on Nov 14th, 2012. The contents of this report stink of Agenda 21 like nothing else. At the end of the report, page 68 has a list of “CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE UTAH LEGISLATURE”… this is recommended legislation… Some can be explained away as potentially innocent recommendations, but others absolutely cannot. I have attached a copy of this report to the bottom of this blog post for anyone to download.
As we look at these recommendations, let’s remember the words from Utah’s Joint Resolution to not implement recommendations and policies, considering even only the intent of Agenda 21, deliberate or inadvertent.
- Create a county indemnification fund to guarantee that counties experience no net-loss of revenue as a result of a transfer of lands.
- Review and modify existing State park designations, clearly distinguishing between historic and cultural parks, outdoor recreation-focused parks, and sport-related parks (golf courses).
- Increase funding for existing State parks to further demonstrate Utah’s commitment to conserving and protecting its natural landscapes.
- Significantly increase funding for the LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund to provide resources for State-led conservation efforts to protect agricultural lands, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and other culturally or historically unique landscapes.
(By going through this fund as a 3rd party, private property rights can more easily be threatened. See diagram below for the direct connection on this.)
- Consider proposing mechanisms to guarantee that all or a portion of new revenues that may be obtained after taking ownership of the lands are dedicated to fund education or other priorities as established by the Utah Legislature.
- Create a Utah State Wilderness Act that outlines the way high-conservation value lands would be managed under State control.
(This makes me think of the Wildlands Project, which SJR11 recognized, which is a national initiative that aims to put over half the United States off limits to human beings)
- Create a Utah State public lands management policy act that outlines an open and public process for land management decisions in Utah that demonstrates a continued commitment to keeping public lands open.
- Prior to any transfer of lands, pre-designate wilderness or other conservation areas through State law so that when any lands are transferred to the state, the public knows the preservation management regime under which the new State lands will be managed.
(So before the transfer is even performed, there will first be chunks of land already set as off limits)
- Clarify and strengthen the Utah Energy Zones legislation that passed last session to ensure that areas ripe with energy resources are managed in a way that will prioritize responsible development of the Utah’s energy resources.
(While this can arguably be an innocent statement, this makes me think of the progressive war on energy production. Depending on which direction this is “clarified”, we ought to remember the Sierra Club’s officially written objectives to eliminate coal production from the United States)
- Study and consider key conservation areas or ecosystems within Utah that may be transferred to non-profit environmental organizations for management under a long-term lease.
(How more obvious can this be? We will give 3rd party “non profits” “long term” control?)
- Actively publicize and reiterate Article 18 of the Utah State Constitution which states: “The Legislature shall enact laws to prevent the destruction of and to preserve the Forests on the lands of the State, and upon any part of the public domain, the control of which may be conferred by Congress upon the State.” This provision not only clearly contemplates that it was anticipated that lands were to be transferred to the State, but it also demonstrates that Utahns have always recognized the importance of preserving and caring for forest lands.
- Study and consider adopting a highest or best-use (preferential-use) management regime for areas instead of the current multiple-use model.
- Organize with other Western States to pursue a regional agenda for western management of western public lands.
(“Regional government” is a major component in the “intent” of Agenda 21. Ken Ivory has been traveling the western states spreading this whole land initiative regionally. A regionalized government takes control over city and state government.)
- Undertake, through the Public Lands Commission to be created, a full study identifying both the direct and indirect costs of land management in addition to the revenue expectations that can be derived from the public lands within Utah.
- Instigate an active and robust coordination effort with western Governors and members of Congressional delegations from the West to facilitate a process that would allow for and expedite large-scale land exchanges and re-designations.
(Coordinate in a regional manner again… here is the intent of Agenda 21)
- Explore the option of utilizing the Interstate Compact Clause of the United States Constitution to enter into a congressionally approved regional compact under which that Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands in the West are transferred to Western States under a public trust. States agreeing to the compact and trust agreement would pledge to keep the vast majority of lands open to public access and to manage for sustainable prosperity and conservation.
(I am not an expert on trusts, but if the lands are tranferred in a public trust to the western states, does that mean the western states own the lands as a region instead of each state owning their lands independently?)
- Urge the United States Congress to create a twenty-first century public land law review commission to begin to systematically address the basic structural problems that plague current public land management.
- Statutorily limit the sale of any lands transferred to Utah from the federal government to a private entity without legislative approval.
(So this would ban any private purchasing of these lands without the state legislature approving. Nobody could buy any of the lands for private commercial uses without working with the state legislature. Is this ultimately any different than the Agenda 21 public/private partnership model that is also taking over schools and healthcare?)
- Identify areas that may be managed most effectively by SITLA.
So those are some of the clear concerns. I am not a legal expert, and don’t claim to be, but it is clear that the sustainable development principles and intentions have come out in this bill and our legislature has urged all government entities to not implement recommendations and principles of sustainable development connected to Agenda 21.
Yes, let’s take local control of our lands. But let us honor our resolution to not implement Agenda 21. Honor the constitution not the UN charter. We need to insist that any official who knowingly lets these principles come through answer to why they are doing it and how they reconcile what they’re supporting against the anti-Agenda 21 resolution, SJR11 2013.
Here is the report to read for yourself if desired: CDC-AGLandsTransferHB148.pdf (5.76 mb)
An older version of this website, had these comments that were originally lost in upgrade. We have preserved these comments here because one of Ken Ivory’s friends gave response to this article.