The Outdoor Industry Association and NGOs love this as it benefits corporate greed and NGO agendas to lock up and control land. The Wilderness Society spells out just exactly what a recreation management area is, with all the restrictions, using the BLM as an example. Recreation Resource Management is already providing these types of services. What better way for businesses to incorporate their conservation goals into public land use than to be handed the keys for tourism?
Commentary by Karen Schumacher
The article, Recreation Advisory Committee for Public Lands, shed a positive light on Sec. Zinke’s promotion of public-private-partnerships (PPP), giving the “motorized recreation industry a voice in the creation of public lands policy… that involve roads, trails and waterways on federally-controlled lands”. Sec. Zinke plans to accomplish this through his newly established Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC). But there is a far greater, and more dangerous agenda with Zinke’s plan for corporate involvement in public land.
In 2014, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources (BRP) was created by Bass Pro shop founder John Morris, and former Wyoming governor Dave Freudenthal. BRP “represents the outdoor recreation retail and manufacturing sector, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and state fish and wildlife agencies.” One of their goals is “recommending a new funding mechanism to support state fish and wildlife conservation to ensure the sustainability of all fish and wildlife for current and future generations.” “The Blue Ribbon Panel includes 26 business and conservation leaders” and “was convened to evaluate and recommend a more sustainable funding approach to avert a fish and wildlife conservation crisis.” Panel members include United Nations (UN) business partners (Toyota, Shell), UN non-governmental organizations (NGO) (NWF, AS, NSSF), and other groups funded by UN partners.
Corporations are not just interested in managing public land, they want to conserve land as well. Their involvement garnered another piece of legislation, H.R. 3400, called the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act. Among other things this bill would create a system of National Recreation Areas (RMA) managed specifically for recreation. A National Recreation Area is the counterpart to a designated wilderness area or national monument, an identified protected area for recreation. The Outdoor Industry Association and NGOs love this as it benefits corporate greed and NGO agendas to lock up and control land. The Wilderness Society spells out just exactly what a recreation management area is, with all the restrictions, using the BLM as an example. Recreation Resource Management is already providing these types of services. What better way for businesses to incorporate their conservation goals into public land use than to be handed the keys for tourism? They will design where access will be, when, who, and how it can be used, just like an amusement park. The article, Will Zinke’s privatization plan improve national parks condition, accessibility?, leads one to believe that privatization could lead to improvement of our national parks and our access to them. But what it really does is give corporate power to “design” our public land use, according to UN dictates, that land use must be “sustainable”, which means conserved and protected as much as possible.
PPPs are nothing more than an advancement of both Agenda 21 and 2030. Expanding on their tourism goals in the 2002 Johannesburg Plan of Implementation of Sustainable Development, in true technocratic fashion, the UN has broken tourism down into four categories, ecotourism, nature, sustainable, and responsible tourism. UN business partners will force this UN ideology on us and Sec. Zinke has given the keys to his committee to do it. Using just one of his RAC members as an example, the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has international members, an Agenda 21 requirement for international involvement. Another member, AccessParks, will bring Wi-Fi to our parks which accomplishes Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9.c, “provide universal and affordable access to the Internet”.
The UN places great faith in PPPs for recreation and tourism as outlined on page 14 in this UN World Tourism Organization booklet, even going so far to claim that “eventually the government must rely on the private sector to deliver services to tourists.” Looks like Zinke is making it happen.
Agenda 2030 will have business partners use their 5Ps “as guiding themes…a frame of reference to design tourism in such a way that it can contribute to sustainable development.” One theme includes “Sustainable tourism…to reduce negative impacts on the environment, contribute to the conservation of biological diversity, actively protect terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and integrate climate protection.” This means corporations, to advance UN goals, will take over how you recreate on public lands. Sure, it will more accessible, but only in ways that will be sustainable. Your favorite, out of the way, camping spot will most likely be banned because it doesn’t conserve the biological diversity.
Chapter 7.20(e) of Agenda 21 promotes sound and culturally sensitive tourism programs, even writing about it in 1997. In Agenda 2030, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 8.9 and 12.B, are targeted to “devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products”. Given UN business partnerships are driving us towards corporatism, this is the direction our government is taking us, placing the governance of public land into private business hands which will promote “sustainable” recreation while creating jobs and products, all in support of the UN SDGs. We are being robbed of our God-given right to use our land as we want to use it. It will be dictated to us. The federal government was designed by our Founding Fathers to represent “We the People”. Instead, the UN has made sure that all forms of our representation are removed, and we now have a government that turns representation over to UN cronies, corporations and NGOs.
PPP is one method being used to destroy the foundation of the United States with many other methodologies being implemented. It took some time but now the UN will have their hands on our public land use. It will only be a matter of time before you will see how using our public land will be transformed into an amusement park business where you will buy a ticket and be told what “sustainable services” will be available to you. There will be no more freedom to choose how you use public land, only what they decide to let you use, and how you use it.
Karen Schumacher is a Nurse Practitioner and has been studying the United Nations and ‘Agenda 21,’ and the ‘2030’ program for several years. A native Idahoan and daughter of a WWII veteran, her goal has been to educate others about the UN and its partnership with the federal government.
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