From the twice-monthly magazine Eco-Logic

TURNING  BACK  THE  CLOCK  ON  THE  WEST

By Laura McCall

I think what many do not yet believe, much less understand, is that the
demise of the American farm and the Canadian farm and the South African farm
and the South American farm  is a planned demise.
It is planned by many non-elected bureaucrats and a few elected ones.

The Wildlands Project is being implemented very rapidly now (Wetlands
restorations, rewilding the farm states by turning loose not dozens, but
hundreds, of predatory animals.) Example: We are now getting the explanation
that the cougars were turned loose on us "to control the deer population."
It would have been too simple to simply issue more hunting licenses! Using
the Endangered Species Act can shut down farming -- and logging, mining,
ranching, commercial fishing -- any place, anytime. Look at the "new"
Florida Everglades!

"Heritage Rivers" and other "sacred" places are going to get more and more
restrictions on them. I can predict safely, that the more-than-30 miles of
creek banks on our place will be required to be fenced -- cattle out, deer
allowed -- within five years. Some lesser bureaucrat friends have told me
this, to my face, in the past two years, when we were attending water
meetings. At one water quality meeting, I mentioned the fact that deer cause
more bank erosion than cattle because of the sharper hoof. You could have
heard a pin drop. (Farmers were in the minority in this meeting.)

At another such meeting, we were told by another 25-year-old "expert" that
we could probably get more water into state lake(s) by shutting down the
irrigation nearby. This would theoretically allow the water to run over the
spillways and correct the existing pollution caused by migrating birds. I
heard the expression "pristine condition" one too many times, and finally
told the speaker that I had grown up with the lake in our county,
remembering when it was built, and that it had always been a duck and goose
pond and was never fit for swimming. Again, you could have heard a pin drop.
These are "textbook planners." They have never been subjected to reality.

One Corps of Engineers "expert" was so outraged at my remarks that she was
unable to address the group. She actually retreated to the bathroom to smoke
a cigarette and calm her nerves!

My point is this: Farming and cattle raising in the central plains area is
being "phased out" through central planning by starry-eyed bureaucrats. The
plan includes returning the area to giant "buffalo commons." I laughed in
1988 when I first heard the term. I don't laugh anymore, because I have seen
the maps and have watched the government grab land in the western states,
occurring at a phenomenal rate.
Look at what has happened in California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington,
New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Add that to what has happened to Wyoming,
Montana, and now, the Dakotas.

Look at the "Heritage Rivers" springing up on the map and listen to the
water planners. We are well on our way to being returned to the "pristine"
days of old, days without motorized transportation or other things requiring
a motor. The goal is "pre-European settlement condition," and that means
that almost all people -- except those in management and authority positions
chosen to "protect and restore" the landscape -- will be removed. A simple
search at Google.com using "pre European settlement" will awaken the
complacent ones in a hurry!

What bureaucrats fail to realize is that shipped-in food from the third
world will never be a reliable resource. I think we will all have to endure
some hunger, some privation, before that revelation occurs within the
Washington power structure. One would think that "central planning" would
have been discredited with the fall of the Soviet empire. Not so! We have an
elite cult in this country that thinks collectively "we can plan better."
Lotsaluck!