California Assemblyman Jim Patterson speaks out on Feds closing public lands to the public

By Debra Tash

California Assemblyman Jim Patterson recently was interviewed by independent internet television channel WRCFresnoTV on what is happening to nearly two million acres of land in the Sierra Nevada. Department of Fish and Game may evidently be hanging out a Do Not Trespass sign on land paid for with taxpayers’ money. If the land is listed as wilderness along with being given a critical habitat designation, the public’s right to use it will definitely be denied.

From a May article in the Mountain Democrat:

In a fight over those who want to set aside land to protect three California amphibians and those who say it threatens public access to the land, it looks like the amphibians have come out the winners.

At issue are plans by U.S. Fish and Wildlife to designate as critical habitat more than 2 million acres of land for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the “northern distinct population segment” of the mountain yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad.

Covering 17 counties, the area under discussion encompasses land in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, Tulare, Mariposa, Mono, Madera, Tuolumne, Fresno and Inyo.  Read the rest of the article: HERE

Problem is many of those species are not endangered and the habitat in question is vast.  Fish and Game is saying the designation does not impede public access, and all the rights that entails.  However, that just hasn’t always proven true.  Just take the case of the whopping crane where its habitat won out over Texas Water Rights. HERE

With more and more species being listed from frogs to lizards and all manner of creature, and their habitat growing all over the country, the trend is something to definitely be wary of.  

 

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Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis

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