Heritage Areas Legislation Under Consideration
Matters News Service
The Senate subcommittee on National Parks will hold hearings on four
Heritage Area bills next week. There are three new Heritage bills
to be considered, as well as legislation that will make an existing
Heritage Area a part of the National Park System. The proposed bills
will encompass parts of five states and are as follows:
S. 175: Bleeding Kansas and Enduring Struggle for Freedom National
Heritage Area (Kansas)
S.322: Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (Vermont and
S. 429: Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Connecticut
S323: a bill to designate the "French Colonial Heritage Area"
in Missouri as a unit of the National Park System.
Heritage area designation allows the federal government (The National
Park Service), along with environmental groups, to use tax dollars
to control private property rights. To learn more, visit: www.americanpolicy.org/prop/senatetestimony.htm
National Heritage Areas Meeting
>From the American Policy Center
Tom DeWeese, president
American Policy Center
50A South Third St., Suite 2
Warrenton, VA 20186
March 10, 2005
Action Alert! Action Alert! Action Alert!
*** URGENT: National Heritage Areas Hearing TUESDAY, MARCH 15!
*American Policy Center to Testify*
The National Heritage Areas scourge is BACK!
The Senate subcommittee on National Parks needs to hear from you.
Please read the "Action to Take" below and make the necessary
phone calls. The subcommittee must hear from you before Tuesday.
Next Tuesday, the subcommittee will hold a hearing to create three
new National Heritage Areas spanning five states, and to convert an
existing Heritage Area into an official unit of the National Park
System. The four bills are as follows:
- S.175: the "Bleeding Kansas and Enduring Struggle for Freedom
National Heritage Area" (Kansas)
- S. 322: the "Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership"
(Vermont and New York)
- S. 429: the "Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area"
(Connecticut and Massachusetts)
- S. 323: a bill to designate the "French Colonial Heritage Area"
in Missouri as a unit of the National Park System
WE MUST MAKE A STAND HERE. DO NOT HOLD BACK ANYTHING.
Congress is gearing up to not only pass these Heritage Area bills
-- but to also create a MASSIVE new Heritage Area Program this year.
A Program that would virtually ensure that every square inch of the
United States could fall under Heritage Area boundaries. This means
every square inch of the U.S. could be subject to the iron-fisted
regulatory rule of the National Park Service and their Green allies.
We must not let this happen!
THE SENATE PARKS SUBCOMMITTEE MUST HEAR FROM YOU. PHONE NUMBERS ARE
IMPORTANT: Peyton Knight, executive director of the American Policy
Center (APC), will be testifying before the subcommittee next Tuesday.
Your phone calls to members of the subcommittee will help strengthen
the impact of APC's testimony.
AGAIN: National Heritage Areas are a federal land use scheme. Federal
(pork) is administered through the National Park Service to anti-property
rights groups who are directed to preserve just about anything and
everything within the Heritage Area. In other words, the Park Service
"partners" with local greens to take away YOUR property
rights. To read more about the dangers of National Heritage Areas,
go to: http://www.americanpolicy.org/prop/senatetestimony.htm.
WE MUST ACT NOW!
**Action to Take**
1. Call National Parks Subcommittee Chairman Craig Thomas (R-WY) and
tell him to oppose the creation of ANY new National Heritage Areas.
Tell him to vote NO on the four Heritage Area bills listed above.
Explain to him that Heritage Areas are unconstitutional expansions
of government power that endanger the right of local communities to
make their own land use decisions. Heritage Areas are federal land
and power grabs! Call Senator Thomas now and ask to speak to the staff
person in charge of Heritage Areas:
2. Call the following members of the National Parks Subcommittee and
tell them to vote NO on the four Heritage Area bills listed above.
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 202.224.4944
George Allen (R-VA) 202.224.4024
Richard Burr (R-NC) 202.224.3154
Mel Martinez (R-FL) 202.224.3041
Gordon Smith (R-OR) 202.224.3753
Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) 202.224.6361
Ron Wyden (D-OR) 202.224.5244
Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA) 202.224.5824
Jon Corzine (D-NJ) 202.224.4744
Ken Salazar (D-CO) 202.224.5852
3. Call both of your Senators and tell them to oppose the creation
of ANY new Heritage Areas. Senate Switchboard: (202) 224-3121. Simply
ask for your Senator by name.
***PLEASE SEND THIS URGENT ALERT TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE***