Federal Land Grab in the Works

The Federal Government owns millions of acres, most of it in western states and Alaska. Here’s the breakdown:

  1. Nevada : 84.5%
  2. Alaska: 69.1%
  3. Utah: 57.4%
  4. Oregon: 53.1%
  5. Idaho: 50.2%
  6. Arizona: 48.1%
  7. California: 45.3%
  8. Wyoming: 42.3%
  9. New Mexico: 41.8%
  10. Colorado: 36.6%

If this weren’t enough, plans have been in the making for even more land to be designated as federal land. Here’s part of a report from Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, who is chairman of the U.S. Senate Steering Committee. To my chagrin, I have not known about this:

A secret administration memo has surfaced revealing plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres from Montana to New Mexico, halting job-creating activities like ranching, forestry, mining and energy development. Worse, this land grab would dry up tax revenue that’s essential for funding schools, firehouses and community centers.

President Obama could enact the plans in this memo with just the stroke of a pen, without any input from the communities affected by it.

Administration officials claim the document is merely the product of a brainstorming session, but anyone who reads this memo can see that it is a wish list for the environmentalist left. It discusses, in detail, what kinds of animal populations would benefit from limiting human activity in those areas.

The 21-page document, marked “Internal Draft-NOT FOR RELEASE,” names 14 different lands Mr. Obama could completely close for development by unilaterally designating them as “monuments” under the 1906 Antiquities Act.

This is a story that hasn’t gotten much attention. I suspect that it hasn’t been acted on because the president is in a tough election fight. If he gets re-elected, a real possibility, don’t be surprised if more of America comes under the control of the federal government.

To show you what we’re up against, DeMint sponsored an amendment to block Mr. Obama from declaring any of the 14 lands listed in the memo as “monuments.” The Senate, because it is a Democrat majority, rejected it by a vote of 58–38. This means that some Republicans voted with the Democrats.



  • Crom

    If they sold this land it would pay off a huge chunk of the debt. Many of the buyers would be foreign so will never happen, populist politics would get in the way like it always does with Foreign investment.

    • Mona

      you must live in a cave

    • Cliff

      This is simple socialism. It is also all about denying access to oil, uranium, copper, and oil shale to anyone except the government. It is an afront to property rights and States rights. It is also all about UN Agenda 21. Most of all, it is WRONG.

    • Traphill

      We need to vote all of those Republicans out in 2012 that supported this! They want to save America by selling America instead of cutting spending! KTA!!

    • JMark315

      Sooo, you mean seize the land...and then resell it.? That's how Caligula financed his decadent administration and eliminated his political enemies in the same stroke.



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  • lois

    hmmm....This is so similar to something I have heard before. Oh I remember, it was the present government accusing conservatives and their ancestors of stealing land from native americans. What is the difference, stealing is stealing and there is no way to reconcile it . Will they ever learn Chicago politics is a way of life in Chicago. To try to pull that crap on a nation wide scale is delusional,,After all I proudly cling to my relegion and guns.

    • cynthia

      The CHINESE have already bought a bunch of our land.

      • CrustyOldGeezer

        No, the federal reserve told the chinese they were buying something the federal reserve does not own. If the chinese want their money back, they need to talk to the federal reserve board.

      • James

        True, they buy Land in the US, but have they removed one acre of it. They have to pay taxes on it, utilize it and it contributes to the economy. Not like taking our gold to China or our Military Hardware. If Obama starts selling out Military Hardware to the Chinese at bargain basement prices, then its time to worry.

      • jjkrjw

        And the Arabs. The Arabs bought hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland back in the '70s.

        • Brian

          The US just needs to play by the same rules as other countries. If you aren't a citizen, you cannot own land, period. If they desire to seize any land, take it back from the commies and the towel heads and leave the Americans alone. Taking from the populace will ultimately be the straw that breaks the camels' back...

    • jjkrjw

      You can cling all you want and fling accusations and even threaten armed revolution, but obama is going to have his way. This has all been in the works since Woodrow Wilson, aided by the tsunami of FDR, LBJ, Carter, Clinton, now obama.

    • Traphill

      Keep your power dry, the day of taking America back is comming soon!!

    • Bob

      Well Put, Lois... We do not want to cling to this socialists values
      Actually,he may not have any values..except those which are bought and paid for.

  • Juan

    It makes me wonder what else Obama is doing secretly to tear apart this country and blame it on everyone else.

  • TimAZ

    This is about ensuring the American people are not able to access the natural resources that will be necessary for an economic recovery. A majority of Americas natural resources exist in the western states.

  • American Thinker

    The Feds should pay the states a property tax on all that land. Bring $ back to the states control!

    I can see China demanding repayment of loans and Obama saying take Yellowstone instead. Then Mao can be added to the monument with our greatest presidents. NWO via Soros is steamrolling along!

    • MichaelH

      Your problem (at least one of them), American Thinker, is that you don't think. Where do you suppose (while sober) the FED gets the money to pay a property tax?

      Oh wait...I know, teacher...it's from taxpayers.

      Are you a taxpayer, AT?

    • MichaelH

      Incidentally, AT...do you think American Presidents are enshrined close to Yellowstone? You might want to look it up.

    • Jackiesue

      I agree they should pay property tax on what they own. It would just be moving money but at least it would make sense.
      I am an elected official of a small township and we pay property tax on any land we own. It goes back to the General Fund and is designated for road, water and park projects.
      I also think they should not take over (or purchase ) anymore land. Number 1 we are broke. Number 2 if you've been to some of the National Forest Parks lately , you will know they cannot maintain what they have.

    • terry sanders

      You aren't thinking to clear the monument to the presidents is not in Yellowstone, it is in South Dakota at Mt. Rushmore. Other than that you might be right

    • Karen

      Read the Wall Street Journal from a few days ago. China has offered to forgive $2.1T in our debt in return for American infrastructure. I have no doubt OBama will do it. Just like Clinton did. The budget under Clinton was good only because he sold military information to China for forgiveness on a large portion of our debt. This is a known fact but when they talk about the budget under Clinton everyone makes him to be a savior when in fact all he did was sell a chunk of America to China and Obama will do the same thing. We already have a Chinese community in Utah. Bought and paid for by the Chinese all outfitted with Chinese immigrants. Not US citizens their own people they shipped here to live in that city.

  • pwelch1021

    This is not a new concept. They are just following the plans of the "AGENDA 21". If you don't know what AGENDA 21 is look it up. It plainly lays out the parts of America that is to be put aside for NON HUMAN USE. If you live in these areas, You Won't. I don't believe there are any statements in the plan for payment for this land. Yes, they are going to steal this land from it's owners.

    The land grab is only a very small part of the Agenda 21 plan. You need to be aware of it. Don't wait to hear about it on your TV, look it up while you still have access to the internet. Oh, Yeah that is coming too.

    • CrustyOldGeezer

      Ah yes... agenda 21, where foreign governments think that towns, cities and counties can create and sign Treaties with foreign governments.
      Strictly a function of the federal government.

    • pepperhawk

      You are right pwelch, this is Agenda 21 on the rise. There will be more once the king is elected again. We won't have an America anymore. Anybody who can't see through this is a dumb nut. Read up on Agenda 21 and see what it is about. It has nothing to do with saving natural resources for us. DUH!

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    • Lech Dharma

      These Agenda 21 adherents have developed insidious methods to advance their cause---increased government control through social engineering---that most people won't recognize. Thinks like new zoning ordinances and property taxation schemes designed to move people from outlaying suburbs and rural areas into the cities---where they can more easily be monitored and controlled. And more usable "land" falls under control of the government and their crony corporation partners.

  • [email protected]

    What a farce. There needs to be a way to stop this kind of takeover of state lands. Do the states not have a vote on such acquisitions? How in the world can it be justified to be able to do this by the stroke of Obama's pen. This man acts not on the good of the country in any instance, and he seems to just love sticking his finger in the eyes of the American people. Reminds me of a spoiled child who rules the roost, and is never made to mind his elders. This type of government takeover is serious and should never be left up to one individual.

    • Randy131

      If this supposedly site of free exchange of ideas, ever stops censoring my comments because I disagree with Gary DeMar on some religious issues, you could see what I just posted below your post that explains why what the federal government is doing is wrong and the steps that are there to remedy that wrong. But if you disagree with anything the people of this site adheres to, then they censor everything you try to post, and I never use obscenities or personal attacks in any of my posts, just exchange different ideas on perceived public problems. My whole solace is in the knowledge that GOD corrects all wrongs in one manner or another, and the fear of this keeps me on the straight and narrow path, to bad the same cannot be said of those who run and censor this site. Gary DeMar must have a very sensitive ego.

    • pepperhawk

      emjay98, congress won't stop this man. So the states are going to have to start using their 10th amendment rights and nullification if they want to fight this usurper.

  • TedRWeiland

    "Public lands are just the tip of the iceberg. All of America is owned by federal and state governments via their claim to property taxes and eminent domain:

    …'technically the state as sovereign … [has] ultimate title to the land, so too does it have ultimate title to the land on which rests churches and private houses.' (Leo Pfeffer, "God, Caesar, and The Constitution: The Court as Referee of Church-State Confrontation" (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1975) pp. 337-38)

    "Most people are unaware that eminent domain [not to mention property taxes) confers ownership of all land to the government. Although the government covers up its theft by paying what it considers just compensation for the land it appropriates, it ultimately can seize any citizen’s land at its discretion."

    For more, see "Amendment 5: Judicial Protection: Constitutional or Biblical?" at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/biblelaw-constitut....

  • TonyN

    The Globalists are staging Consumption controls by controlling the distribution of capital with this managed worldwide Financial crisis control effort all in the name of their belief that Earth has reached its Human Carrying Capacity and that their need to Save the Earth from Humanism is now the top economic goal , see these technocrats conversations and Methods they are Installing here , http://my.brainshark.com/Agenda-21-for-Public-Off...

    Is all this crazy senate actions and lack of leadership because the result of ideological critical thinking here driving Government policy that ignores Citizens rights ? http://www.earth-policy.org/books/out/out_table_o...
    The Elite Plan for a New World Social Order http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&amp...
    The Department of Health and Human Services' Death Panel http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/2011/11/0...

    "Seven big problems for 7 billion people . Experts weigh in on predicaments caused by a burgeoning world population , http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44990504/ns/us_news-l...
    These elitists are going to effect the way the supply-side free markets grow and convert debt Investments into Equity assets , and if you look at these 2 charts so far over the past 15 years or so that convertibility has not been sustained , and I think thats because there has not been a defined accomplishment in how food production is expanding to keep up with the population growth predictions out there .The world markets are telling us this by there unsustainable growth patterns over the last 12-14 years , compare these charts, http://stockcharts.com/freecharts/historical/djia... , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wheat_yields_in...
    CORN RESERVES: The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the nation's corn reserve is at its lowest level in more than 15 years http://www.whotv.com/news/who-story-corn-reserve-...
    The top tier private Investors and Government Technocratic societies have lost their willingness to extend private sector credit for consumer consumption growth in the FREE markets because of this World View of Overpopulation ,and Peak Earth usage of Resources in a 20 -30 year window of view so they are slowly altering our life's functions to fit with the UN Agenda 21 Plan for what they see as a Sustainable Humanity .

    I would like to see this professors ideas sustained in the USA , http://www.youtube.com/user/LearnLiberty?v=WZgVUC...

  • Randy131

    Doesn't this abridge a part of an American citizen's right of life, liberty, and ownership of property, in the pursuit of happiness? Isn't ownership of property indispensable to one's right of freedom? It's amazing how most Americans stand by ildlely while liberals, progressives, and Democrats, enjoin with socialists and communists, to attempt to make the 'Declaration of Independence' and the 'US Constitution' moot and obsolete, by violating their mandates and usurping the rights they grant to the American people. Why do the American people no longer understand that these documents sole purpose and authority is to protect them from their own government attempting to enslave them by denying them the unalienable rights these documents define, yet they ignorantly absolve themselves of these protections through complacency. Before it is too late, the American citizen needs to take actions against those who would use their power of office to enslave them, by diminishing their rights and freedoms and increasing the power of the government over them, through the ballot box, recalls, and impeachments, which all who hold public office is subject to one of these three dispositions, even members of the US Supreme Court.

  • FromUSA

    Why does not the author of this blog include the Senate "Anti-Monument" bill number proposed by Senator Demint and date of the Senate vote.

  • rbentrdr

    Can you say AGENDA 21?????? Please, people, look it up if you are not familiar with it.

    • http://frankdillman.com/local.htm goatfarmer98

      Your urgency is appropriate. May I take the liberty of adding some to your comment? There are hundreds, if not thousands of NGO, Non-Governmental Organizations, funding Agenda 21 efforts at every level of government.
      This article is only addressing a federal program. Individual states, such as Alabama's Forever Wild, are working toward the same objectives established by the United Nations Sustainable Development or Agenda 21. So are counties and cities in the same trench - have you heard of "smart growth?" Tied to the same UN initiative. Agenda 21 was first adapted nearly 20 years ago and the UN will b hosting a world wide summit, "Rio+20 Conference" on 4-6June 2012 to reinforce and strengthen their grasp of the world, including as part of he title of a paper draft shows, "Opportunities for Global Governance.". If I can leave a link here, this is a draft providing a charter to the earth among many other issues we should be alarmed and to take action against. http://www.frankdillman.com/political/agenda21/EC...

  • Endgame

    *&$%@&!! I've been paying for 100 acres of land in the New Mexico Continental Divide for the past 24 years and It will finally be paid off in 1 year! If this crap gets passed,I will have become the proud owner of 100 acres of useless land that I won't be able to even visit! In effect,the Federal Government will have made me a 25 year slave after the fact! I thought that the 13th Amendment repealed slavery? Looks like the "slave traders" got their hands on this country again!

    • Traphill

      Time to buy a bigger gun!!! Revolution is coming!

  • auntvick

    They have never taken their hands off. They are now known as Democrat Socialists of America. They don't even hide their activities anymore because they have control of the education of our children and the old folks who remember liberty are incapacitated.

  • Bob

    Yes, look up Agenda 21. Find the maps and you will see where no humans will be allowed. They have this crazy idea that 500 million people is better than 7 billion on the planet and want to put stuff in our food and water to accomplish this. Lock and load, store up food. The next year with Ocommie man child in charge is going to be ugly, like MOOOOchell Obighips. Heard they had to reshape some doors to accommodate the hipster (.../...) LOL.

  • Don

    Go ahead and re-elect O'fool ! This is gonna be just a taste of what you're in for. This is not a Demo-Repub issue, its a issue that Hank Williams Jr. called, correctly.........Its a Hitler issue, with this fool waving his E.O. pen, like a kindergardener waving his crayon ! " We " as in " We the People " are the only ones that can stop this fool, as Congress lets their 30 day period they can stop this, just pass by....As far as us, we cant count on hearing it on the news,anymore. Thats a big part of the problem, we grew up hearing bad news on the news, but now they can be counted on as much as tabloid mags, telling us the real news. _Please_ , I beg you, wake up and don't don't re-elect this idiot.

  • Mutantone

    If you really want to make some money go buy some of the lands that they say they will purchases in section two the ones that do not make the Monument status, yet. They are talking $20,000 per acre

  • lizaz

    The road to communism continues!!!!!!

    • Jen B

      The Media I watch says Oboma is not a leader, and he just don't get it. I say get your head out of the sand. He is a leader.he knows what he is doing. In 2008 he was the man of change, people voted for that and he is giving them just what they wanted. Remember he didn't tell them what the change was going to be, really.What they didn't know was what the change was, they thought it was dollars and cents, not a different Government rule. I say RULE as it no longer will be of the people by the people, but do as I say and you will be fine and don't make wave or you will go to jail or worse,bro, your dead. Much like that smooth talker of the 1940's Europe. He wasn't easy to get rid of then, when the real people found out they didn't care for his politics, they discovered that he had a greedy following too who would follow him to hell just to get there share. Welcome to 2012, voter fraud, do you really think we can get rid of him by playing the voter game honestly?? Is he really going to loose(?)honestly? I think we are going to have a fight on our hands that far surpasses anything this country has seen before. All the out cry from the American citizens has not changed his direction because he is not going to weaken as Clinton did in his term. Obomma is the one to accomplish what the others failed to do. He feels he will get it done. And the World will worship him for his accomplishment. Wake up people don 't underestimate this man. We are in trouble now and its gonna get worse for all of us but his favorite cronies. There are enough really stupid people out there that don't know their History and that it repeats itself,if allowed. Why do you think the history of WWII has been left out of the school books more and more over the past 40 years?? Why do you think so many lack so much knowledge of importance, as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When I went to school we spent weeks learning about them and the history of the US was a required subject to Graduate. We Had to have World History to Graduate. No wonder we have so many screwballs in the streets in the rain and snow for, what was that reason now???? These people do not have a clue as to what they are doing or of the out come of their actions, just as in the 1940 Europe. Should we be afraid, should we worry, should we be prepared. You better figure it out quick. times a wasting.

  • James

    Welcome to the new World Communist World where the Socialist/ Marxist dictate your every breath, every bite , every movement for the betterment of the State. The State being of course the Communist Party elites, and you can call it by any name, it is still the Communist Party.

  • R. Cook

    The only ultimate solution is to return all federally controlled land with the exception of military bases to the states and local control. All tax dollars used by the feds to facilitate their land control in the states would then remain in the states. Land use policies would be a joint decision by the local government divisions but would not have any influence higher that the individual state level. This would eliminate The U.S. Forest service from the US Dept of Agriculture and almost all on the Interior Dept. Saving huge amounts of money.

  • Jensen

    Do you guys see the greed our government has? They already "think" they own our private property. It's only a matter of time now.

  • AZ Don

    The total amount of government owned land in Arizona, including the state is 87%. Or in other words only 13% is available for private ownership.

  • Franklin A. Viegas sr.

    There is a documentary on the tlc channel called the way of the buffalow look it up on the net. the gov. has been up to this for tears. It is just under cover names like water protection ect. I first heard of this from the Clinton admin. WE have been battling the Feds. for years here in Nevada. WAKE UP AMERICA the progressave Dems. or Repubs. are an un american lot.

  • Ken

    The comunist liberals are actively doing this now in Ontario and have taken land use from my family worth 5 million and never paid a cent! They have hurt many!!! The head of the snake goes by the name Mcguinty!


    if they come after my land i will have a shot gun waitng for them.

    • Traphill

      Better get an AR10 with lots of mags!!

  • tarheel

    In obami land it would be illegal for any one to own anything, share, share, and share alike. What liber, um communist don't understand is that when everybody owns something.....nobody really does because nobody is going to take responsibility for maintaining it. If I decide to pick up all the trash around my getto dwelling but my neighbors don't give a fig and continue to throw theirs out, why should I bother and that my friends is why public housing is always in the crapper.

  • http://www.dauntlesspost.com douglas dauntless

    This all fits with the lefists agenda, earth first, get rid of all the people, and if we stole land from the Indians tough, they get more money per person than anyone, but they don't how to use it and they still want to live in the 17th century. Obama and his Communist Goernment want to destroy thsi Country, and Obama would sell the land to Germany, Saudi Arabia, and anyone else, he will and dose everything he can to destroy theis country, and no one is going to stop him. In Communism the Stae owns everything including the people, and do what they want.

  • VET

    This all Smells like the "NEW WORLD ODOR" instead of order!

  • johnjohn

    just another way for the UN to come in and take the land for themselves.

  • ORB

    Folks there are some advantages to being old. I have lived through America's best days. I love this country. Its founding documents established a form of government unknown in history, a government UNIQUE in history, a government based on the great truth that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, a government of, by, and for the people. Since our liberties, our freedoms are not derived from the state or from man it is not for the state or man to remove those freedoms without due process and for just cause.

    Unfortunately over the years, perhaps as much as a hundred, but certainly going back to the Great Depression our freedoms have been trampled on by an ever dictatorial federal government, executive, legislative, and judicial. This trampling was slow, subtile. Citizens have been lulled into a stupor by clever manipulation, much like the proverbial frog placed in cold water and slowly cooked. Hopefully we are not yet well done!

    As I stated there are certain advantages to being old. i do not expect to live to see the final devastation of this great and unique country. It is possible that with a decisive change in government next fall we might, just might, see a reversal and perhaps a slow reinstatement of our great principles. Or perhaps another "Great Depression" might awaken the people to their plight and strengthen the moral rectitude we once had. Perhaps, just perhaps, our elected officials would experience an epiphany, an awakening, live by their Constitutional oath of office, and serve their Creator, their country, and the people rather than their own greed and self interest.

    I grieve not for myself but for my children, especially my grandchildren. I fear they will not experience the joy of living in the greatest nation the world has ever seen.

    • Ralph Deckard

      You just wrote where i'm at also and how i feel about it too,thanks you did a fine job,and will be praying for our Children and Grand Children,and may God Bless America.

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  • Traphill

    After reading this I have a clearer understand of why we have to win the next election and take the Senate or we will loose America to the Commie Liberals!!

  • Blair Franconia, NH

    The federal government has the wrong idea.

  • pepperhawk

    Here is the website where you can get all the info you need about this and how the UN plans to take us completely over. http://americanpolicy.org/

  • S Rubicon

    So the land is to sit fallow? Nt that it has to have a purpose or even be used, but if it is to be unused, what is it there for? The rest of us cannot pay for property that produces nothing. Hunting is a business & makes money. Then again, it appears one of the goals is to end hunting in those lands. So animal populations will just go off uncontrolled, even though we can prove animal control through hunting is actually good for the herds. Just when does all this government control end? If the feds are not about to use it, what will they do with it? Planning a sale to pay for all these insane federal spending programs maybe? Who will they sell it to, the Chinese????

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  • Richard Holmes

    Abolish iminent domain. Eliminate every politician we have in the government right now and start over.

  • James

    Well, the voters put him there and the voters are going to have a hard tim getting rid of him.

  • Madeline

    All I can say is the United Nations "Agenda 21".

  • ajfrench

    Well, this is in line with everything else. Did you notice the Google pic today; the sun rising on the Iranian flag. In other words, they are winning; really, not on my watch. Here's the best of the rest. The troll has a plan B if we stop plan A which is the UN takeover of US sovereignty. This includes the data on the food and water shortage, the federal land grab, and the impending solar flares this summer. Here it is, the troll is hurriedly working with the UN to shut down the internet. They don't like us talking. Harry is working furiously on grabbing the guns, even Satan knows that 144,000 of Israels finest will survive the attack to do the final battle with Christ. (Imagine, Harry thinks he's smarter and stronger than Christ. Obama is wrapped up in the Federal land grab. He wants to round up the populace into the cities. The queen bee is ensuring that the drone, which was delivered (you heard me right, delivered) is not recovered to make sure it gets in one piece to the intended recipient. Then the UN has charged that multiple duplicates of it be made so that they can bring about the solar flares which are supposed to occur the summer of 2012; supposedly according to NASA. These drones will detinate in mid-air, short bo.. mbs; not nu clear. They will be hydrogen bo .. mbs which will burn everything up on the face of the earth without the radio active aftershock. This will support the 85% drop in the populace commanded by the UN Agenda 21. So it will happen like this; those who are in the know will disappear from the earth. Christians will think they have been left behind. Not yet. Then they will commence the above the atmosphere bo... mb .. ing. This will create what appears to be solar flares intended to demolish civilization and populace from the face of the earth. (No clean up either, bonus.) They will be martyred, sainted.

  • Richard Gibbard

    Perhaps it's time to repeal the 1906 Antiquities and Monuments Act.

  • Lech Dharma

    A couple of years ago, Utah saw the handwriting on the wall, and tried to gain control of the land within their borders: http://lechdharma.blogspot.com/2010/02/other-west...
    If ALL Western States followed suit, the People in those states would have local control of how their land and resources are used---or not---instead of Washington..

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  • Pnp

    You didn't know about it because you weren't supposed to know about it.  Remember: "You have to pass the Bill so you can find out whats in the Bill."  Whatever happened to being "the most transparent administration".  Oh. I sorry, that was just a campaign promise.